Needles Beach is the largest of a few sandy beaches along the Werribee River, in Werribee Gorge. It gets its name from the vertical shale deposits that look like needles on the opposite side of the river.
The swimming hole has a wide, sandy beach and the water gets fairly deep here.
The water quality in the Werribee River is not great due to intensive agriculture and urbanisation, although it’s considered ‘very good’ in the upper and less developed areas of the river and in moderate condition overall. It’s best to avoid swimming if there’s been heavy rain in the past few days,
Getting to Needles Beach
The easiest way to access Needles Beach is from the Meikles Point Picnic Area at the end of Myers Road, where it’s a relatively easy 2.3km (one-way) walk along the Werribee River. You’ll also pass the swimming hole if you do the more challenging Werribee Gorge Circuit bushwalk.
- Melbourne Water – Werribee River