Kate and her little ones headed down the Mornington Peninsula a few weeks ago to spend some family time. Kate was invited by the Peninsula Hot Springs to indulge in a day of family friendly Bath House and the family did just that - indulge! Some gorgeous words and photos from Kate of her trip below are proof that everyone should pamper themselves with such experiences once in a while! To follow Kate’s adventures, head to their Instagram page @kateflatman.
Nestled among the coastal tea trees of Fingal, Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination on the Mornington Peninsula, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. With over 30 globally-inspired experiences Peninsula Hot Springs’ Bath House is a bathing wonderland for families and children to discover together.
Children will love bathing in the warmth of the hot springs water which has come from natural hot springs a staggering 637 metres below the ground! With temperatures varying from 34-42 degrees celsius, there are plenty of options to suit all members of the family.
Stone pathways wind through the landscape and pave the way to each bathing area. The poppets had fun in the designated family area which features super cute wooden buckets to soak in, baby bath shells and a large shallow pool.
But the fun didn't end there! They loved exploring the cave pool, reflexology walk (featuring 10 different stones to massage your feet), Turkish Hamam steam room, underground saunas and the massaging thermal mineral showers.
Having recently undergone a major expansion - its first major development since 2005 - guests can experience the brand new open-air Bath House Amphitheatre which is home to seven new geothermal pools (fitted with underwater speakers) which are tucked into the hillside facing an expansive grassed area and stage, an ice cave, deep freeze, cold plunge pool, two large saunas and a new cafe.
With plans for a three acre terraced garden (to be used primarily for growing vegetables and herbs to be used and sold onsite) as well as onsite rooms and lodges designed for short stays to week-long wellness retreats, Peninsula Hot Springs is committed to developing experiences to remain the ultimate wellness destination.
A visit to Peninsula Hot Springs makes the perfect family day trip from Melbourne, or make it a whole weekend like we did and enjoy everything on offer on the Mornington Peninsula.
Bookings are essential. Use the online booking system to secure your spot in advance.
Arrive before 10:00am for children to experience the famous hilltop pool offering 360 degree views overlooking rolling hills and coastal bushland. After 10:00am everyday the bathing gully and hilltop pool are reserved for guests 16 years and older.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Pool staff are trained lifesavers and can offer assistance for bathing families when required.
Chat to your little ones before you arrive about how to behave. We were sure to make it clear to the poppets that it wasn't a swimming pool and other people were there to relax. No jumping, splashing, running or loud noises!
We recommended allowing at least 3-4 hours to enjoy the Bath House, which includes time to have a snack or meal in the cafe or BYO picnic in the gardens.
Bring your own towels and robes from home or hire onsite (children’s robes not available). We found hooded towels to be great for the poppets to wear between dips. There are plenty of hooks located near the pools for hanging.
Family change areas are available near the main entrance and in the Wellness Centre.
Lockers are available to hire but it is recommended that you leave valuables at home.
Make sure you pack a drink bottle each to keep hydrated + sunscreen! We found a small beach bag to be handy & meant that we only had one thing to carry. If you don't want to carry a water bottle, there are ample water taps around to drink from.
Want a tranquil bathing experience or spa treatment? The Spa Dreaming Centre is reserved for guests aged 16 years and over and is recommended for guests seeking a more serene experience.
Don't forget your bathers!
Busy City Kids were invited to experience the Peninsula Hot Springs for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel was self funded.
For more ideas on the Mornington Peninsula, checkout our Family & Foodies Guide.