The Best Hot Springs to Visit Near Melbourne
You know you're lucky when you have some of the world's greatest things right here in Victoria, and the mineral springs that are ours for the soaking are just some of those incredible places.
From the tip of the Mornington Peninsula to Hepburn Springs and Mt Hotham in the north, the mineral-rich spring water that bubbles up through the ground in these has been highly sought-after for plenty of therapeutic reasons for decades.
Pack your bathers, it's bath time but way more fun!
Peninsula Hot Springs
An hour's drive south of Melbourne on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, natural hot mineral waters are flowing from deep underground and into the pools and private baths at Peninsula Hot Springs. Bathe, relax at the Spa Dreaming Centre and dine in the café at this tranquil coastal environment. Peninsula Hot Springs thermal mineral water contains a range of naturally occurring minerals including sulphur, calcium, magnesium, potassium and many others.
State of the art facilities include an ice cave, a new wellness centre and seven new hot spring pools overlooking an outdoor stage. Bathers can switch between hot and cold therapy in the 30-person saunas and 'deep freeze' treatment room.
Where: Springs Lane, Fingal
Onsen Retreat and Spa, Hotham Ski Resort
Whether it's ski or soak time, you can head to the Japanese-inspired 38-degree outdoor heated onsen onsite at Hotham Ski Resort for a unique bathing experience. Onsen Retreat and Spa is Australia's first indoor outdoor alpine retreat and spa and also offers a plunge pool, gym, yoga and fitness classes, sauna and indoor spa for a complete well being experience, and a full range of spa services including massages, facials and body treatments.
Where: Big Muster Drive, Dinner Plain Village
Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Onsen Retreat and Spa is currently closed until January 2021.
Deep Blue Hot Springs
The Sanctuary at Deep Blue Hotel and Hot Springs has a range of geothermal mineral baths for hydrotherapy, cold plunge, foot spa, sensory and aromatherapy. There are also basalt basking stones, waterfalls and a reflection pool which looks just divine on a clear night!
The Salt Therapy Cave offers deep healing properties and deep beneath the bathhouse is an ancient underground spring known as the Dilwyn Aquifer, where the geothermal water at the Deep Blue has been gathered from a depth of 850 meters. Rich in naturally therapeutic health restorative minerals, the water reaches the surface at natural temperatures ranging from 35-42 degrees as the result of the earth’s core temperature.
Where: Worm Bay Road, Warrnambool
Japanese Mountain Retreat
Japanese Mountain Retreat Mineral Springs & Spa in the Dandenong Ranges just 45 minutes from Melbourne is a uniquely Japanese style Ryokana and Spa. Experience the true Japanese Ryokan and Onsen culture with both the springs and the hotel, or take in a traditional ceremony at the Japanese Tea House.
Designed for couples and visitors seeking a luxury spa retreat, you can bathe in the hot mineral springs drawn from the surrounding mountains or indulge in private hot spring bathing, massage or dining. You can also stay for a night or two in the unique Japanese accommodation or Balinese Villa.
Where: 14 Mountain Cres, Montrose
Historic Hepburn Springs is in the middle of Australia's largest concentration of mineral springs, which are full of health-giving minerals. Taste the different mineral formulations at old-fashioned pumps and pipes in Hepburn Springs Mineral Springs Reserve that you can wander around and explore and even fill your water bottles with.
You're spoiled for choice when it comes to soaking in a spring, or for hydrotherapy, massage and beauty treatments at the beautiful Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, The Mineral Spa or the Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa.
Where: Hepburn Springs
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