I love natural hot springs. Ever since I went to Eden Hot Springs in Arizona, I’ve been hooked! I seek them out wherever I go. So I was really looking forward to hitting some hot springs in Australia.
First one I went to was in Hepburn Springs, the “Australian Spa Capital.” Hepburn Springs is a really cute little town. The “old bathhouse” turned out to be quite mod. Very spacious, minimalist design with lots of glass windows. A day pass was AU$15 – not bad. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too crazy about the place. The water wasn’t nearly hot enough for me and everything just seemed sooooo, I don’t know, sterile I guess.
The town also had several pumps around town so people can collect fresh spring water for drinking. I filled up two containers with mineral soda water, but after two days, the water had a yellow-orange cast that didn’t look very appetising, so I ended up dumping them. Oh well… I’m too crazy about soda water, but I couldn’t find a still water pump, so no great loss.
Next day I went to the Peninsula Hot Springs, south of Melbourne. Ooooo…much better! The pools were outdoors in nature and hotter! Niiice! There was even a cold plunge pool – love it. The changing area, showers and amenities weren’t as posh as Hepburn Springs and it costs more, but I much preferred the atmosphere of Peninsula Springs to Hepburn.
So far, Eden in Arizona is still my fave. The buildings and grounds surrounding it are in total disrepair and dilapidated (part of its “charm”) but the spring water is awesome and super hot! Not to mention the yummy hot mud sludge to glop all over your body. Love it!
Next, I’m going to visit some springs west of Byron Bay. Fingers crossed for something steamy and HOT!