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.
In 2018 the hot springs received a massive $13m makeover with new facilities including an ice cave, a new wellness centre and seven new hot spring pools overlooking an outdoor stage. There's a new 'ice and fire' experience which allows bathers to switch between hot and cold therapy — the hot being two new 30-person saunas, and the cold being a new ice cave and a 'deep freeze' treatment room, kept at a cool 25 degrees below freezing. Cool!
Peninsula Hot Springs thermal mineral water contains a range of naturally occurring minerals including sulphur, calcium, magnesium, potassium and many others and is classified as a “Sodium Chloride Bicarbonate Spring” (Na-C1.HCO3).
Opening Hours: Bath House open 7:30 am – 10 pm daily. Spa Dreaming Centre open 8 am – 9 pm daily.
Go there: Springs Lane, Fingal
Onsen Retreat and Spa, Hotham Ski Resort
Whether it's ski or soak time (or let's be honest, why not both?!), you can head to the 39-degree outdoor heated onsen onsite at Hotham Ski Resort.
After that, you might want to indulge in the full range of spa services - massages, facials, body treatments, plunge pool, sauna or maybe even pilates if you're in the mood!
Go there: Big Muster Dr, Dinner Plain
More info: hothamholidays.com.au
Deep Water Spa & Hot Springs
Or why not relax in an open geothermal mineral spa or one of the four private geothermal mineral baths?
Deep beneath the bathhouse is an ancient water source known as the Dilwyn Aquifer, where salts and minerals infuse themselves along the water's journey from sand dunes to the underground spring.
Update: Warrnambool will have a brand new state of the art hot springs bathing & wellness retreat called the Deep Blue Hot Springs - it will be open to bathe in 2019 (see artists impression above).
Go there: 16 Pertobe Road Warrnambool
More info: www.qsdb.com.au
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 why not take in a traditional ceremony at the Japanese Tea House? A little something different for the day!
Go there: 14 Mountain Cres, Montrose
More info: japanesemountainretreat.com.au
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 beautifully restored Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, The Mineral Spa or the Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa
More info: visitvictoria.com
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