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Published June 7th 2012
Peninsula Hot Springs is located an easy 1.5hrs from Melbourne.
Release your inner child, take some time out and pamper yourself or just sit back and get warm as natural thermal mineral waters fill the pools and private baths with the healing and rejuvenating waters.
Scattered up the hills are a series of beautifully created hot springs. Fed from underground thermal waters, the temperature in each pool is varied and has a little sign so you may decide how cool or hot you wish to be.
As you enter the hot springs, the foyer reminds you of an elegant day spa.
You can rent towels, lockers and robes (or bring your own). After changing in the change rooms (male, female or family) you can dip your toes into the first pool.
The Bath House: With around 20 bathing experiences, it is appropriate for all ages. There is a cafe offering lunches snacks (Open 7:30 am till 10 pm).
The Spa Dreaming Centre: Is created for guests over 16 years, providing bathing and spa treatments.
Here you may also get breakfast and lunch everyday, dinner Tue, Fri and Sat nights (snacks other evenings). Open 9 am to 9 pm.
Here's how it works: There is an underground aquifer around 637 metres below surface level, where the 50°C hot mineral spring water puts from. This mineral rich water then travels directly to the pools. The pools themselves vary in temperature from around 37°C and 43°C.
For those interested in the healing properties of the water.
Peninsula Hot Springs thermal mineral water contains a range of naturally occurring minerals including sulphur, calcium, magnesium, potassium and many others and is classified as a "Sodium Chloride Bicarbonate Spring" (Na-C1.HCO3).
The therapeutic benefits of the mineral springs are said to include the alleviation of neuralgia, bruising, articular rheumatism, stiffness of the shoulders, recovery from fatigue and muscular complaints and enhancing fertility
Water Mineral Analysis mg/L
■Bicarbonate (total 1163)
■Ammonia (as NH3) 2.7
■Silica (as SiO2) 23.0
It can get quite crowded on weekends and public holidays and at a certain number, no more will be allowed in. Hence it is a good idea (particularly if you are travelling specifically here) to arrive early. If you are sightseeing and wish to visit for a while in the morning there is an early bird entry which saves $10 if you arrive anytime from 7.30am and leave before 10am.
Currently there are extended opening hours (check if these are still applicable before arriving) 7.30am to 10pm.
Early bird bathing times: 7.30am to 10am.
Twilight bathing times: 7pm to 10pm.
(*note - you will need to leave the pools 20 minutes before the closing time)
Entry Fees: Public bath house bathing - Off Peak (Tues-Thurs) / Peak (Fri-Mon)
Adults $25 / $30
Children (5-15) $10 / $15
Infants (1 month - 4 yrs) $5 / $10
Family (2 1 1) $65 / $85
Adults 10 visits* $200 / $240
Spa dreaming centre bathing - Off Peak (Tues-Thurs) / Peak (Fri-Mon)
Adults $45 / $55
– with treatment booking $27 / $30
– partner of client having treatment $40 / $45
Bathing pass for BOTH areas: $60 off peak, $70 peak (includes robe, towel and locker)
Early bird saving: adults take $10 off above pricing if bathing from 7.30am and leaving before 10am.
Night owl saving: adults take $10 off above pricing for bathing between 7pm and 10pm.
Looking for somewhere to stay around the areas:
There are many options for accommodation depending on your budget.
From nearby caravan parks, bed and breakfasts, five star resorts, private residences to camping and two star establishments.
We had a really enjoyable stay at the cape Schanck RACV resort. Booked a 2 bedroom suite amidst the golf course. The facilities were beautiful, it was spacious, peaceful and happy. The kids had their own DVD player and TV in their bedroom and we could visit the on site games room and warm swimming pool if we hadn't had enough of the water. We used a special offer of buy 2 nights get the third for free which made it even cheaper (from memory that brought it down to around $210 per night).
In the next phase of the Peninsula Hot Springs development, they are planning 126 rooms of on-site accommodation.
There has been a price increasem since this was published prices are now:
Off Peak Peak
Adults $30 $35
Children (5-15) $15 $20
Infants (1 month - 4 yrs) $ 5 $ 5
Family (2+1+1) $75 $95
Adults 10 visits* $250 $290
Concession $25 N/A