Only 1.5 hours out of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula the hot springs are the perfect escape for two people wanting a cheeky getaway with minimal fuss and travel time. Just pack some bathers (togs), hit the road, and let that hot water do all the rest!
The Peninsula Hot Springs website can get a little confusing. But here’s what you really have to know:
The hot springs are split into two separate sections, the Bath House & the Spa Dreaming Centre. Think of it like a nightclub – the Bath House is the dance floor and the Spa Dreaming Centre is the VIP section. O.K, both sound great, but which one should you choose?
Bath House Thermal Pools
With over 20 bathing experiences, there’s simply more pools to choose from including the Turkish steam bath (Hamam), cave pool, underground sauna, and reflexology walk. The Bath house is also cheaper and has the best place for sunset & moon gazing – The Hilltop pool has 360 degree views (best time is sunset), and the Moonviewing pool (you get it).
As far as dining, The Bath House Cafe offers patrons a casual dining experience – but still has great food.
However, The Bath House is a little less exclusive and the Hilltop pool can get very busy. Kids are also allowed so it can also get fairly noisy.
Spa Dreaming Centre
Here the focus is on relaxation and tranquility. You’re asked to keep the talking to a minimum and there are approximately 6 mineral pools in this area, a dry infrared sauna and a cold plunge pool.
A wide selection of spa treatments are available including the Li’Tya range of therapies that incorporate Aboriginal massage and healing techniques. Services include a full range of treatments from Kodo full body massages to facials, mud treatments, foot and hand treatments and ancient healing stone therapy.
The Spa Dreaming Centre also houses the Spa Dreaming Café – which serves some truly exceptional food.
The only problem here is that you don’t get as many pools to choose from, and if this area is busy you can’t escape the crowds as easily.
To make sure you get the most out of the springs, follow these simple rules:
HOT SPRINGS 101
- Book in advance – don’t get caught wearing a speedo to the local fish and chip shop because the hot springs were booked out.
- Go in winter – there’s no better cure for old man winter than dipping between some thermal hot springs.
- Go an hour before sunset – this way you get to see the hot springs during the day, sunset, and the night.
- Bring a pair of thongs – you’re feet will get freezing when hopping between pools.
- Go mid-week – beat the crowds and treat yourself on a school night.
- Hire the robes – you will want to stay warm while navigating the maze of pools.
- Bring robes for the drive home – there is no point feeling all relaxed and ruining your hard work on the drive home.
- Take the plunge – Be brave and use the plunge pool to cool off before your next spring.
All in all, the hot springs are a great place to visit and to escape the winter cold. Take your time while meandering through the vast network of hot springs – each with different temperatures and health benefits.
So go ahead, get lost in the lush Mornington Peninsula landscape – because you’ve earn’t it!
7:30 am ~ 10:00 pm 7 days a week
Springs Lane, Fingal
Tel: 03 5950 8777 www.peninsulahotsprings.com
If you're going with your kids or a bunch of friends for a good time, stick to the Bath House side. If you're looking for some peaceful de-stressing or romantic connection time, pay the extra and book something on the Dreaming Centre side. Alternatively, it is likely a bit quieter mid week when it's not school holidays, or go for the early bird special (half price weekdays and $10 off on weekends if you arrive before 9am). Don't forget your towel(s), slip-on shoes, and a robe if you don't plan to hire them.