Three of the Best Inland Swimming Spots in Tasmania

Apsley Gorge

Tasmania has innumerable stunning ocean beaches to enjoy and swim at in the warmer months. However, if you’re looking for an inland or fresh water swimming spot then these places are for you!

My three favourite places for a non-ocean dip in Tasmania

Swimming in a gorge

1. Lake Rhona

Located in the South West National Park, Lake Rhona is one of the most stunning overnight bushwalks I’ve done. Well at least the destination is. The seemingly endless trudge through button grass to get there is not the most exciting scenery for a walk.

But once you get to the boulder scrambling final section of the walk, the scenery and tranquility are hard to beat. Not only is the lake itself stunning but there are many day walks to the surrounding mountains and valleys on offer. Check out this site for details of the walk into Lake Rhona and here for some of the extra walks.

Lake Rhona at sunset

2. Apsley Gorge

On Tasmania’s famous East Coast, you’ll find Douglas-Apsley National Park, just a short drive from Bicheno.

There are camping grounds by a large waterhole, which can be accessed by a 15 minute walk from the carpark. From the waterhole you can also do the Apsley Gorge circuit, which is an 8km, 4 hour loop through the bush, then back via the river bed. On the return leg you can stop at large pools for swimming and rock jumping.

If you like wine then when you get back to Bicheno be sure to stop at the Apsley Gorge cellar door for some of the best Pinot Noir in Tasmania!

3. Cradle Mountain: Dove Lake & Dove Canyon

Cradle Mountain on Tasmania’s North West Coast is one of the most iconic places in the state. While the Dove Lake at the base of the mountain isn’t very deep near the edges, it’s crystal clear waters are perfect for paddling, if not swimming- if you can brave the icy water!

But the water activity that I really recommend in this area is canyoning through nearby Dove Canyon. This involves abseiling down into the canyon and then making your way down the canyon via various obstacles including six waterfalls, rock jumping and a 10 meter high ‘laundry chute’ – nature’s version of a waterslide.

I’ve done this trip twice now with Cradle Mountain Canyons and I can’t recommend it enough. However, I would definitely advise going as close to peak summer as possible, as the water in the canyon is very cold, even with the wetsuits you’re given for the tour!


A beer by Dover Lake
Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain in the background

Author: Emma

I'm an Aussie who loves exploring my new homeland of Finland in my day to day life and traveling around Europe in my free time. I'm particularly passionate about solo and eco-friendly travel.

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