Artists have paid homage to the healing power of water for centuries. So as winter wanes and the spring warmth returns, take time out to find that peaceful place by the water. Victoria's rich and varied landscapes offer countless opportunities to reflect and be energised by the water.

1. Discover the Pink Lakes

Take a sun-soaked road trip to see the magical Pink Lakes of Victoria's northwest. Enjoy a picnic on the shore and marvel at the striking pink waters of these natural salt lakes. The lakes' distinct colour comes from the red algae, which grows in the water. And don't forget to pack your camera for that post-meditation Insta moment.

2. Follow the Murray River

There's no better remedy to the clang and clamour of city life than time on the Murray River. Dial up the thrills with a water skiing or fishing adventure, relive the river's pioneering days on a paddlesteamer, or wind down with a sensuous massage by the water. Wills Bend offers some of the best kayaking and canoeing experiences in the world, and is a popular camping, fishing and picnicking area.

Note that some parts of the Murray River are experiencing high river levels due to recent heavy rain. Visitors can still enjoy paddle-steamer cruises, boat cruising and house boating, however it is recommended swimmers visit the local swimming pool. See for latest warnings and updates.

3. Chase waterfalls

Tucked into Victoria's gorges, mountains and forests are stunning waterfalls that make the perfect picnic setting or road trip. Head west to Grampians National Park to find the largest waterfall in Victoria, MacKenzie Falls, drive along the coast to Erskine Falls in the Great Otway National Park, or lace up your hiking shoes to explore Toorongo Falls Reserve near Noojee. Many waterfalls are easily accessible, with marked tracks or boardwalks, just remember to stay away from edges and respect safety barriers.

4. Find a swimming hole

Carved from rock and filled with cool waters, Victoria's swimming holes are a refreshing alternative to the beach. Lay low on a floatie at Pound Bend in Warrandyte State Park, or take in that fresh High Country air at Ladies Bath Falls. The Blue Pool at Briagolong State Forest has managed to fly beneath the radar despite the free campgrounds nearby.

5. Relax with your four-legged friend

Nobody loves a day by the water more than your little best friend, so why not take them with you. From Port Melbourne's chic beachfront to sprawling sandy playgrounds on either side of the Bay, there's no shortage of places for an epic game of fetch.

6. Pick up a board

Whether it's riding a wave or simply blissing out on perfectly still water, a day on a board is a day well spent. Learning to surf or stand-up paddle board is easy thanks to a range of schools along the Victorian coastline offering everything from small group classes to private sessions. Follow the Great Ocean Road and visit legendary beaches used by surf pros, or stay a little closer to home and spot penguins hiding in Port Phillip Bay.