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C&G’s Guide to the Best Hot Springs in Victoria
Historically, people took to the mineral baths to ease their ailments and lessen their aches and pains. Whilst this has been rendered mostly unnecessary by the evolution of modern medicine, there's still much to be said for de-stressing in warm, mineral-rich waters. In this C&G blog, we explore the best hot springs on offer within Victoria. Read on to find your next weekend away!
Sitting at the top of everyone’s list is the award-winning natural hot springs and day spa located on the Mornington Peninsula. The recently refurbished destination is an easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne, and boasts pools and private bathing options fed from natural thermal mineral waters. Hop from pool to pool and take in the breathtaking 360-degree views of the peninsula or relax into some pampering in the Spa Dreaming Centre.
People have been bathing in the temperate mineral waters of the Hepburn Bathhouse since 1895. Once referred to as ‘taking the waters’, you can now enjoy the health benefits of the mineral springs in a variety of different forms. Soak away your stresses in one of the two social baths, or secret yourself away and enjoy some one on one pampering in the Sanctuary. There is also an option to bathe outdoors, enjoying the natural surroundings and taking in the views of the Wombat State Forest.
The geothermal waters that fill these baths are sourced from an aquifer that is roughly 50 million years old and lies almost a kilometer under the earth’s surface. As the water rises through layers of rock, it absorbs natural health restoring minerals and salts that make these baths famous. Relax into the social pool, or slip away for unique experience in one of the 3 private mineral spas. Guests can enjoy treatments designed to de-stress and detox, and can even breakfast while they do it.
These mineral springs are nestled at the feet of the mighty Dandenong Ranges, only a 45 minute drive from Melbourne. Don’t let the name fool you - the Japanese Mountain Retreat offer an array of different bathing options, from the Ottoman Empires famed Hammam Baths to a Roman Arabian Steam Temple. This destination is perfect for a romantic weekend away with your significant other as there is a focus on private bathing options and romantic accommodation, bathing, dining and massage packages.