Peninsula Hot Springs
This Victorian hot spring retreat is a day trip favourite from Melbourne, best undertaken during the depths of winter.
The drive down the Mornington Peninsula to the Peninsula Hot Springs retreat is somewhat of a Melburnian pilgrimage — where Victorians escape the chill of the city every winter via thermal means. One of the first hot springs in Victoria before the 900-kilometre bathing trail was proposed, the team constantly looks to deliver the best service and experience.
A $13 million upgrade in 2018 saw the addition of two cold plunge pools, seven new hot spring pools and an impressive outdoor Bath House Amphitheatre to the site's remote and picturesque hilltop location. Guests also have access to two 30-person saunas, a chilled (and Australian-first) ice cave and a 'deep freeze' treatment room, which will be kept at a cool 25 degrees below freezing.
This is in addition to the existing hamam, underground sauna, cave pool and the pool at the top of the hill which affords 360-degree views of the area.
The venue also has a new cafe, a cultural meeting space designed in collaboration with local Indigenous elders, and a multipurpose wellness centre for classes and talks.
Further renovations were announced at the end of last year to expand accommodation and other facilities. A trio of new eco accommodation lodges, three outdoor massage pods and an undercover cafe dining space, as well as a new relaxation and sleep lounge in the Spa Dreaming Centre are all expected later in the year.
Updated April, 2023.
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