Page 108

Industry insightS

Peninsula Hot Springs

Hot springs are rapidly emerging to be a driving force for wellness practices which are accessible to the masses Australia there are new developments being delivered, under construction or planned in every state. In January 2020, Deep Blue Hotel and Hot Springs, in Warrnambool, Victoria opened a AUS$3.5m (€2.25m, £1.89m, US$2.53m) cave-based hot springs bathing park in the grounds of its oceanside hotel. In December 2020 Peninsula Hot Springs, on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, introduced a luxury glamping experience which has achieved 95 per cent occupancy and AUS$650 (€418, £351, US$469) a night room rates with rave reviews since opening. In June 2021, Talaroo Hot Springs in the Gulf Savannah country in outback Queensland also opened. 108 spa business HANDBOOK 2021 – 2022

This million-year-old mound spring has been made available and is operated by the Ewamin people, the Aboriginal custodians of the country. In 2022, three new hot springs developments will open in the State of Victoria including Metung Hot Springs, in East Gippsland, which boasts spectacular views over rolling hills with tea trees and gum trees, wombats, echidnas, dolphins and swans. Alba Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula is slated to launch in September, followed by Phillip Island Hot Springs in South Gippsland, with rolling sand dunes, native grasses and views over the Bass Strait and the ocean, with whales, dolphins and penguins.

Peninsula Hot Springs

Australia is developing its own hot spring bathing traditions

Hot springs projects are in development all over Australia

Peninsula Hot Springs will add a further 35 rooms, relaxation dining lounges, and a food bowl where produce and herbs are grown, gastronomic education is offered and music and arts concerts are held for events with audiences of up to 1,000. At the same time other hot springs under construction in 2022 will be opening in 2023 including Tawari Hot Springs in Perth in Western Australia and Cunnamulla Hot Springs in an outback town in South West of Queensland.