The other day, I celebrated Birthday #24 with a little day trip to the Mornington Peninsula. Situated only an hour south-east of Melbourne, it boasts a distinct regional flavour: Upmarket beachside towns like Sorrento and Blairgowrie with white sandy beaches on the eastern side, and berry farms, apple orchards, cellar doors, and surf beaches throughout along the west. It is also home to the aptly named Peninsula Hot Springs, and this is where I chose to spend my birthday. With bathing, spa and massage options, the hot springs are the perfect way to relax.
After ordering UberEATS for a late breakfast (not a common occurrence for us I promise) and downing some delicious smoothies from Green Cup, my partner and I were on our way to the peninsula. Thankfully, despite a severe weather warning issued to the state due to 130km/h winds, the hot springs were still open and ready to go.
By the time we’d packed all the things we needed and driven to the peninsula (in less than ideal traffic due to the weather) it was lunch time. Mr Jackson in Mornington is a great place for fresh flavours and was our cafe of choice for the day. Having filled up on poke and Buddha bowls we were off again, hot spring bound.
The Peninsula Hot Springs are well worth a visit and have a tonne of pools and relaxation options available. Children are welcome but some of the bathing areas are reserved for adults only, so head there if you’re looking for a more peaceful option. Locker, towel and robe hire are all available. This place is a favourite weekend haunt for Melburnians, so bear that in mind and book ahead, especially on weekends.
The last time I visited the hot springs was in the height of summer two years ago and although it was lovely, I remember we found some of the pools a little too warm. That was until sunset when the temperature dropped. My partner and I made a mental note to return the next time in winter, so we did. It’s beautiful any time of day but sunset at the hot springs is something pretty memorable.
Although it’s freezing in winter as you dash from one pool to another, you do appreciate the hot water when you get in. The pools vary in temperature but quite a few of them sit at around the 38˚C (100˚F) mark. Naturally, in the middle of winter the cold plunge pools were largely left empty save for the efforts of a few people who in my opinion are completely mad (just kidding, I’m sure it’s really good for your health or something).
Bushland surrounds the hot springs on all sides and if you’re brave enough to get out of the comfort of the warm pools, there is a lovely gully walk you can take yourself on.
Green Cup 593 Chapel Street, South Yarra (available on UberEATS)
2 smoothies & smashed avocado on toast $29.50 AUD (20€, £18, $23.50USD)
Mr Jackson 41 Main Street, Mornington
Buddha & Poke bowls $17AUD each (11,50€, £10, $13.50USD)
Peninsula Hot Springs Springs Lane, Fingal
Adult entry (Tuesday – Thursday) $40 (27€, £24, $32 USD)
Adult entry (Friday – Monday) $47 (32€, £28.50, $37.50 USD)
Locker hire $5 (3,5€, £3, $4USD)
Towel hire $5 (3,5€, £3, $4USD)
Prices are correct at time of publication. Visit https://www.peninsulahotsprings.com/bathhouse for further information and bookings.
If you’re looking for more things to do on the Peninsula, I recommend hiking the Fingal Beach Coastal Walk. Other great options include strawberry picking and vineyard hopping – then of course there’s the many beaches to choose from.