Brunswick West, VIC.
Harvest Square is closer to the beach than you think. Multiple beaches actually! Williamstown and Altona's Beaches are only 30-minute drive away. Peace of mind is guaranteed at Williamstown Beach with lifesavers patrolling the beach ensuring the safety of all swimmers.
If the beach isn't your thing, and you are a more serious swimmer, the most obvious location near Harvest Square is the Brunswick Baths which are a mere 3km away at 14 Dawson Street, Brunswick. The Baths feature both indoor and outdoor pools plus an indoor waterplay pool. Open weekdays from 5.30am to 9.45pm and Weekends 7am – 7.45pm. It's a quick and cheap summer activity for the kids.
Funfields Whittlesea is Victoria’s biggest theme park and is approximately a 45-minute drive from Harvest Square. Funfields is open for the summer, featuring rides including Dragon’s Revenge Swing, Mystic Kingdom, Pegasus Sky Bounce, Mystic Tree, Amazonia Water Play and many more!
Laughing Waters Swimming Hole located in Eltham is the perfect place to cool off surrounded by nature. You can lie on the banks of the Yarra or drift gently downstream with your favourite inflatable toy. You’ll find people lounging amongst the rock pools and enjoying the mini rapids.
Pound Bend Tunnel is a similar distance as Laughing Waters (roughly a 45-to-50-minute drive) and is also a great spot for a picnic and cool down in Warrandyte. It’s a freshwater swimming area with naturally occurring rapids and a spa. There are also shallow pools nearby if you want a more relaxing experience. Make a day of it and visit the local shops and enjoy a meal on the balcony at The Grand Hotel.
Blue Lake is set in a small area of bushland separate from the rest of Plenty Gorge State Park and is again approximately 50-minutes' drive from Harvest Square. It’s tranquil and secluded given its proximity to Melbourne’s suburbs, with a BBQ area and toilets available on-site, making it the ideal location for a picnic with friends or family. There’s also a 2km-walking track around the lake for those wanting to explore the space further.
Finally, if you’re in the mood for a day trip, Torquay and the surf coast is a great option for a cool down. There are many amazing beaches that stretch far and wide and are fantastic for surfing. This area has a small-town feel that’s relaxed and welcoming.
Stay cool, be sun-smart and keep safe around the water.