Winter is coming. Instead of running indoors and hiding from the cold, take a trip to one of these soothing, relaxing, rejuvenating natural hot pools. Whether you embark on a family road trip with the kids to show them summer isn't the only season for splashing in a pool, or with your partner for a romantic getaway weekend, these hot springs will be sure to delight.
Peninsula Hot Springs, Victoria
The thermal mineral water flowing into these pools from under the Earth's surface is like Mother Nature's gift to us. The temperatures range from a toasty 36 to 43 degrees Celsius, so you can soak in and feel every muscle in your body unwind, no matter how cold it is outside.
There is a hilltop pool providing a high vantage point to see the stunning, picturesque surroundings of the Mornington Peninsula with 360 degree views.
Two bathing options are on offer for your selection. Bath House consists of more than 20 unique features, including a cave pool, underground sauna, reflexology walk, both thermal mineral showers and pools, a lakeside pool and special area designated for families so kids stay safe in the waters. Best of all, there is a hilltop pool providing a high vantage point to see the stunning, picturesque surroundings of the Mornington Peninsula with 360 degree views.
For those that crave something cultural and exotic, there is a Turkish steam bath, called a 'Hamam', on site. In Turkey, a Hamam is often covered with wall-to-wall marble mosaics and the architecture resembles something out of a mystical, magical fairytale.
The Hamam at these hot springs is no different, decorated with beautiful cobalt blue tiles in geometric floral patterns and white-grey marble benches to recline on as you bathe.
The Bath House is open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is only an hour long drive from Melbourne.
Innot Hot Springs, Queensland
In some places, these natural geothermal hot springs can get as hot as 75 degrees Celsius, so be sure to check the water before you dip in. The most fun thing to do here is to grab a shovel and dig a hole in the sand and create your own personal hot pool! There's also an accompanying Innot Hot Springs Leisure and Health Park with several public pools at comparably cooler temperatures.
It is said that these waters from Nettle Creek have healing powers, bottled and shipped to Europe during the 1900s. Many European travellers race to visit these pools as a result, driving a fairly quick two hours from Cairns to bask in the benefits, passing by beautiful wooded monsoonal savannah grasslands on the road trip over.
So, which of these warm winter wonderlands will you dip your toes into over the coming months?