Lakes & waterways
The Yarra River runs from the ranges through Melbourne to Port Phillip Bay. A walk along it takes you past the famous MCG sporting venue, the botanic gardens, attractions and eating precincts.
The Murray River is Australia's longest navigable river, is famous for sandy beaches, paddle steamers, and forms most of the northern border of the state, separating Victoria from New South Wales.
The Gippsland Lakes, in the east of the state, are the largest system of inland waterways in Australia. A great place to watch birds and enjoy water sports, the system is comprised of five main lakes that cover more than 400 square kilometres, and are fed by four different rivers. A narrow strip of sand dunes, known as the Ninety Mile Beach, separates the lakes from Bass Strait.
A number of other significant lake and waterways in Victoria are the Glenelg River and Lake Eildon and Lake Hume, both water catchment reservoirs.
Explore by region
Explore the expansive Murray River, home to plentiful animal and bird life. Unwind on a cruise or enjoy golf or fine food with river views.
Experience the largest inland network of waterways in Australia, the Gippsland Lakes. Go on board a cruiser or enjoy a range of water-based activities.
Head to this hot spot for water sports enthusiasts. Enjoy swimming, canoeing, water skiing and sailing, and find plenty of spots to cast a line.