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Winter swimming spots to unleash your inner Wim Hof

Wim Hof, the legendary Iceman, who’s captured the world’s attention with his incredible feats of endurance in extreme cold environments. Combining cold exposure, breathing techniques, and meditation, Wim Hof has inspired countless people to push their limits and tap into their full potential.

Take the plunge or go for a winter surf at these spots around Geelong and The Bellarine, not only are you braving the cold; you’re embracing a mindset of resilience, strength, and vitality.


Corio Bay / Eastern Beach

Enjoy Geelong’s iconic waterfront promenade and stunning views of Corio Bay, Eastern Beach is the perfect place to dip your toes into cold water swimming. Whether you’re looking to swim laps in the enclosed swimming area or float, Eastern Beach is the perfect spot.

The Bellarine:

Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads

Ocean Grove Main Beach is popular for swimming and a great spot to learn to surf. Those with a bit more experience under their leg rope should head around to Thirteenth Beach in Barwon Heads of RAAFs Beach in Ocean Grove. The Barwon Estuary is ideal for paddling on the right tide. Watch your step, ankle deep can become hip deep in a flash.

Queenscliff & Point Lonsdale

Surf at Point Lonsdale Back Beach or enjoy the more protected family-friendly Point Lonsdale Front Beach opposite the main street. Enjoy the tranquillity of Santa Casa Beach in Queenscliff with small waves and rock pools, excellent for snorkelling.

Clifton Springs, Portarlington & St Leonards

Clifton Springs was named for the mineral springs spa resort which operated between the 1870’s and the 1920’s. The Dell is a natural amphitheatre with views across the bay to the You Yangs (Wurdi Youang) and Melbourne. Its the perfect spot for swimming, picnics and walking – make sure to check out the new artificial reef. Head to Portarlington Beach beside the pier for the gentler waves or to the strip of sand from Indented Head to St Leonards – clear, gentle and great for snorkelling.

Don’t just dip your toes, take the plunge and experience the rush of resilience, strength, and vitality that comes with cold water swimming. Make this winter the season you step out of your comfort zone and into the refreshing embrace of our beautiful coastal waters. See you out there!

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