A NAT­U­RAL HIGH

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HIT THE HOT SPRINGS AND RE­LAX This re­treat is a bit off the beaten track – ap­prox­i­mately 90 min­utes’ drive from Mel­bourne’s CBD – but Penin­sula Hot Springs is def­i­nitely worth a visit. Tucked away in the hin­ter­land be­hind Mel­bourne’s seaside hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, this award-win­ning nat­u­ral hot springs and day spa des­ti­na­tion fea­tures beau­ti­ful out­door bathing pools and pri­vate baths fed from the ther­mal wa­ters that flow be­neath the prop­erty – it’s also a se­ri­ously deluxe day spa.

If you’re there to take a dip in one of the hot springs, there’s a choice of set­tings: each pool is sur­rounded by trees in nat­u­ral bush­land, but you can choose to bathe com­mu­nally, with your fam­ily, or in one of the Hot Springs’ pri­vate set­tings (why not re­lax in one of their bar­rel baths?).

There are ar­eas specif­i­cally set up for the lit­tle ones, but oth­ers are strictly adults-only so you can en­joy a kid-free dip in the sooth­ing wa­ters with­out the chat­ter – just the dul­cet tones of nearby na­tive birds and chirrup­ing frogs. Di­vine!

If you’d rather spend your time be­ing pam­pered, mas­sages and treat­ments are avail­able through the day spa and cater for in­di­vid­u­als or cou­ples – sched­ule in at least three to four hours for the full ex­pe­ri­ence and make sure you check out the gor­geous Mo­roc­can Ham­mam. Well worth the jour­ney.

Penin­sula Hot Springs is just 90 min­utes from Mel­bourne

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