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e all know that Australia is a stunning country with the
most beautiful variety of landscapes, and many natur al
resources with healing proper ties , such as our rich clay
and many native plants that have proven benef icial for our health and
wellbeing. But did you know that Australia is also home to mineral-
rich, geother mic hot springs?
Usually associated with volcanic activity, Australian hot springs
have formed from groundwater seeping through porous bedrock ,
building large underground reser voirs heated up by the Ear th’s molten
core. So is the case in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, and thanks to
brother s Charles and Richard Davidson, a spa and wellbeing haven
was founded in 1997 and opened in 2005, Peninsula Hot Springs.
After drilling a bore 637 meters deep, the brothers found natural
hot mineral waters, 54 degrees warm, and so the foundation of one of
the world’s leading hot spring spa retreats was born. Today, Peninsula
Hot Springs welcomes over half a million visitor s from around the
wor ld each year of fering dozens of outdoor hot spring pools built into
the rugged bushland of Southern Victoria.
Two facilities invite guests to relax and unwind, the Bath House is a
social bathing experience per fect for families and friends, and includes
cave pools, ref lexology walk s, and the ‘piece de resistance’, the top hill
pool, offering stunning views over the Mornington Peninsula.
And then there’s the Spa Dreaming Centre, the ‘quiet sister’ of the
Bath House if you like. Reser ved for guests 16 years and over, it offers
tr anquil spaces , saunas, private baths , and spa treatments including
massages, facials, and body wr aps using natural, Australian br ands.
Pardon the pun, but ever ything at Peninsula Hot Springs just ‘f lows’.
From the wooden décor and hanging tree pods that blend in ef for tlessly
with nature to the rock y paths winding around the pools inviting you to
wander, a day at Peninsula Hot Springs is like a detox from reality.
“ We want guests to just walk around and explore,” says Duty Manager
Nicole Ring, “ which is why we don’t hand out maps of the proper ty.”
After she shows me the main pools, that’s exactly what I do for over an
hour, it’s that big. Even though there are many guests here today, it doesn’t
feel over ly crowded thanks to the str ategic placing of pools , some hidden
behind trees and seeming to cascade down the big hill.
The water temperature r anges from the high 30s to high 40s
degrees, and it’s under constant quality control. In fact, I see staff
walking around all day testing the water in ever y pool to make sure
guests can enjoy the benef its of the mineral rich water, which includes
Boron, Magnesium, and Potassium, all shown to relieve pain and even
Australia’s Peninsula Hot Springs is about to become one of the
world’s leading wellness destinations. Nadine Dilong explains why
the retreat should be on your travel bucket list.
improve mental health thanks to the relaxing effect of miner al bathing.
“Our staff circulate and do water testing ever y hour to ensure
the optimum bathing environment,” explains PHS’s PR and
communications specialist Meagan Biacsi.
“ Ever y night our pools are completely drained and cleaned by
our Cleaning Team. Then ever y morning, before guests ar rive , our
Pool Attendants fill the pools with our natural geothermic waters.
Throughout the day, fresh miner al water f lows cons tantly into the
pools to maintain war mth and cleanliness. It is cons tantly moving
and over approximately a three hour period, each pool’s water is
completely renewed. We do add a small amount of chlor ine as we
receive a lot of guests.”
More than just water
Peninsula Hot Springs wouldn’t exist without the pools, but the retreat
has so much more to offer. One of my favourite par ts of my stay was
swinging back and for th in one of the hanging tree pods while reading a
book and sipping on herbal tea provided by the Spa Dreaming Centre.
Green picnic areas invite guests to enjoy a meal once the bathing has
made them hungry, and infr ared saunas and Zen Chi machines are there
to fur ther improve your relaxation journey. As if this wasn’t impressive
enough, a big ex tension is currently under cons truc tion with plans for
it to be finished later this year. The new amphitheater area will include
seven new geother mic hot springs pools , two cold plunge pools, a f ire
and ice experience (two saunas to hold 30 people each, an ice cave
which will be -20 degrees and a snow room which will be - 4 degrees.)
This area will also include a new cafe which will use produce from
the retreat’s very own food bowl, a three-acre terraced garden
which will be the source of their produce in the cafes onsite. A semi-
underground mushroom cave and a vineyard are also currently under
cons truc tion, taking the retreat one s tep closer to being completely
self-contained and sustainable.
Expecting guests will never want to leave again, 126 accommodation
rooms and a Wellness Centre stepping out onto coastal bush land
walking tracks, and lakeside and hilltop relaxation spaces are currently
being built turning Peninsula Hot Springs from ther mal bath to one of
the wor ld’s leading spa and wellbeing destinations.
As I watch the sunset over the Mornington Peninsula from the top hill
pool under a pur ple sky, it feels like one of those pinch-me moments you
don’ t want to end — I guess that’s exac tly what Davidson intended.
Bath House hilltop view
Bath House Lakeside Pool
Bath House guests stimulating
senses on reflexology walk
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