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by Dayna Chu (subscribe)
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Published April 29th 2014
Book wisely; social bathing, or romantic restful getaway?

"Entering the bathing area is like stepping into another world, a sanctuary where the mind and body are calmed by the steam, soothing aroma and the sound of running water. It's a place where time is forgotten and lingering is part of the code of harmony..." This is what the fine folks at the Peninsula Hot Springs have in mind for you, and surely what we got on one side of the springs. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Drive south for just under an hour-and-a-half from Melbourne CBD, and you get to the Mornington Peninsula. Natural hot mineral waters flow from deep under ground, and into the pools and private baths at Peninsula Hot Springs.

With plenty of parking upon arrival, it wasn't difficult to find signage to the reception area. I was relieved that we had booked ahead (highly recommended by the way), because there was a sign at the top of the car park indicating that no drop-ins would be permitted due to the hot springs being fully booked. A couple walking in at the same time as us were sorely disappointed as they turned to leave, not having booked in advance.
Peninsula Hot Springs
Natural stone from the area enhances the pools' environment

The hot springs are divided into two separate areas, the Bath House Thermal Pools, and the Spa Dreaming Centre. In hindsight, the brochures and promotions tried to intentionally "warn" patrons about the differences; I missed the warnings. The Bath House area is a public social bathing area. "Over 20 bathing experiences offer visitors a world of health, fun and relaxation." Some patrons put more emphasis on fun than relaxation, just a heads up for you. We were aware that it was fully booked and they were turning visitors away, and it was evident that it was fully booked (300 guests) as we literally couldn't fit into some pools (the coveted hilltop at sunset), even if we waited in line or tried to squeeze in. Bathing House entry starts at $10 for kids and $15 for adults, off-peak early-bird.
Peninsula Hot Springs
Underground sauna

Bathing experiences include thermal mineral spring pools, a Turkish steam bath (Hamam), cave pool, underground sauna (kind of built into a hillside), reflexology walk (ouch! but my friend loved it), family bathing area, Hilltop pool with 360 degree views, and a bathing valley with "Moonviewing pool".

Take a few minutes to view the informational panels at each pool and treatment area. You will learn that the Peninsula Hot Springs are at a depth of 637 meters. The water is over 50° C; by the time it is pumped up to the surface, the temperature is approximately 50° C. The temperature of the pools varies from 42° C to 36° C depending on the pool, and the time of the year. There is also a fresh cold water plunge pool with an ambient temperature of 12° C.

Peninsula Hot Springs are sulfur, sulfate alkaline hot springs, with a pH level of 6.8. The alkalinity is primarily the result of the potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sodium ions.

Peninsula Hot Springs
Relaxation room
Dreaming Centre
If you book a treatment or a private pool, you can also book the Spa Dreaming Centre side of the hot springs. Epic. Bliss. Luxuriate. "Bathe, relax at the Spa Dreaming Centre, and dine in the café, at this tranquil coastal oasis of health and wellbeing". We found the spa dreaming centre well staffed, quiet, relaxing, stocked with teas and water and smokeless candles and calming music. Lush upholstered seating and basket swings were readily available, and although fully booked out (30 guests), didn't feel crowded. Packages start at $85 off peak.

Spa Dreaming Centre private spa offers a choice of tranquil thermal mineral pools, indoor and outdoor private hot mineral pools and baths, a steam infusion room and a relaxation room for exclusive use by spa centre patrons 16 years and older.

A wide selection of spa treatments are available, including a full range of treatments from full body massages to facials, mud treatments, foot and hand treatments and stone therapy.

Two dining options are available including: the Spa Dreaming Centre Café, if you have booked a treatment, which offers spa goers a more relaxing dining option for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, and dinner on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Note that you will pay a premium for this relaxation. The Bath House Cafe offers breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, and dinner on Friday and Saturday. They are supposed to stay open until 7pm, but it seems they turn the grills off and have limited options available after about 6:15pm. Pizzas ranged from $15-$20, slices and sweets from $3.50-$6, a few gluten free options ranging from $7-$10, wraps and sandwiches around $9.
Peninsula Hot Springs
Bath House Cafe Menu Board

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.

Opening Hours
7:30 am ~ 10:00 pm 7 days a week
Peninsula Hot Springs
Springs Lane, Fingal
Mornington Peninsula
Melway Ref: Map 169 A11
Tel: 03 5950 8777
www.peninsulahotsprings.com
E-mail: relax@peninsulahotsprings.com
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Why? Fun or relaxation, choose your booking wisely
When: 7:30am - 10:00 pm 7 days a week
Phone: Tel: 03-5950-8777 | Int: 61-3-5950-8777
E: info@peninsulahotsprings.com
Where: Peninsula Hot Springs (near Rye)
Cost: Bath House: Off Peak/Early Bird from $10 for children and $15 Adults
Your Comment
Good article, Dayna! Our family of 6 went recently for an early bird session and were glad we avoided the crowds that were arriving by the tine we left! They have recently raised their prices - early bird is now $15 for children/students and $20 adults.
by barbc (score: 1|28) 200 days ago
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