My husband and I run a small mixed farm on the Mornington Peninsula. You can check us out online at heritagefarm.com.au or in person at our fortnightly tours
Published September 17th 2013
Update May 14th 2014
Please note costs for bathing have increased since this article was written (now early bird concession is $15, and adult $20). The price list linked to within the article has been adjusted by Peninsula Hot Springs.
Don't get too wrinkly
The Peninsula Hot Springs are a well known tourist destination on the Mornington Peninsula. They're located in Fingal, which Google Maps says is an hour and ten minutes from Melbourne. Believe me, it's well worth the trip.
The water is lovely. Each pool is labeled with its temperature, and the general rule is, the closer to the top of the pool, the hotter the water. The water from the springs also contains a whole heap of beneficial minerals. It is said that bathing in the pools can have a positive effect on bruising, tension, fatigue and even infertility. It was certainly a bonus for my sore back. Unfortunately, bathing is not recommended for pregnant women.
The minerals present in the Hot Springs water are on display
The Peninsula Hot Springs ask that you either shower before coming to the springs, or upon arrival. This is to help keep the pools clean. They are already emptied and scrubbed down nightly so you can be assured a hygienic experience.
I went with very high expectations, which were met. However I also went foolishly believing that I would go in every pool. That did not happen. A few were too crowded, but mostly, it was a matter of us getting too warm. We went in about 5 different pools, and that was more than enough.
The stunning view from the edge of the hilltop pool at Peninsula Hot Springs
You may be different of course. Just in case you're not though, I recommend you start with the hill-top pool. As the name suggests, this is the spring at the very top of the hill. The view is extraordinary on a clear day. This is a must-bathe pool, and not one you want to miss because you got overheated.
If possible, I highly recommend you go on a weekday, and preferably not one during school holidays. I know, I know, most people work during the week. But if you have RDO's, holidays, or even just take a sickie, it's well worth heading to the hot springs on a day when they're quiet.
There's nothing worse than turning up at 11am on Saturday hoping for some relaxation. Why? Because there will be a lot more people present; don't be surprised if you bump elbows. Also, if you're taking kids along, the higher pools are only open to them before 10am. After that they are 16 years and over zones. Kids are still allowed and welcomed in the lower pools throughout the day.
Getting to the Peninsula Hot Springs early means you might get a pool to yourselves.
Not only that, but you'll have paid $35 which is peak pricing for an adult. If you get to the pools before 9am on a weekday, not only will they be quieter, it'll only cost you $15 for an adult, and $10 for a concession. There are also discount rates for evening entry after 7pm. A full list of pricing variations can be found here.
If you are going to go during what you suspect will be a busy period, I highly recommend that you book ahead. You can book online here for free. You can also book over the phone, but this incurs a $5 charge.
We got confused on our way from the car park. When you come to this sign, head towards the Bath House. That's where reception is.
While you're there check out the cafe, the Turkish baths and the walking trails. If you're feeling cheap pack a picnic to eat at one of the provided benches. You can get a locker from reception for $3 if you need to store things. Parking is freely available, with an overflow car park for when things get busy. Just follow the signs to the Bath House.