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{Mornington Peninsula Trip} Peninsula Hot Springs & Spa Dreaming Centre Cafe

“After non-stop eating the day before; a spa day didn’t seem like a bad idea. When I first heard about the hot springs I was interested in seeing what it was all about. It was a blissful experience, which even included some lovely food.”

{Mornington Peninsula Trip} Peninsula Hot Springs & Spa Dreaming Centre Cafe

{Mornington Peninsula Trip} Peninsula Hot Springs & Spa Dreaming Centre Cafe

After non-stop eating the day before; a spa day didn’t seem like a bad idea. When I first heard about the hot springs I was interested in seeing what it was all about. I had an amazing experience with some natural hot springs when we did a big road trip up to Darwin and back many moons ago.

Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot springs & day spa center in Victoria, Australia. After a seven million dollar renovation, it was definitely money well spent to provide an environment everyone can enjoy. Unfortunately photography isn’t allowed (which is good, you wouldn’t want someone snapping away as you are trying to relax in your bathing suit) so if you wish to see more of what they look like, head to the website.

Mumma and I were treated to a private bath for 30 minutes. We were guided up the garden path to a private pool where we could enjoy water and a variety of relaxing teas. It was rather cool and had patches of rain the day we visited which was just perfect weather for relaxing in a hot outdoor bath/pool. You can easily adjust the temperature of the water to hotter or cooler depending on how hot you can tolerate.

Before too long someone rang a bell to signify our time was up, and we moved back inside. We got a tour of the place, which is quite large! In the Spa Dreaming Center, there are a range of outdoor pools; the higher up you go, the hotter they become. In the general public side there are many pools available, so you aren’t cramming each other’s space. There is also an area for 16+ year olds to relax, without children. Kids from 1 month old onwards are allowed into the pools.

There is also a Turkish sauna, reflexology walk, cold plunge pools and bubble spa to experience.

But you will get peckish! There is a kiosk in the general public bath house area, and a picnic area. In the Spa Dreaming Center there’s also a cafe. Lots of people who have a spa package also dine at the cafe as part of their package.

I think we both would have ordered this dish, but Mumma knows, a variety of dishes is good when there is a food blogger in the room! The noodles weren’t cooked… it was a bit weird at first but I didn’t really mind it after the initial shock. The sweet chilli sauce was nice, rather on the sweet side but not a problem for me. I loved how fresh and healthy it felt to eat this after my Mornington Peninsula eating binge from the day before. Something I’d love to try and make a home. 

This would have been my second choice on the menu. I suggested Mumma have it as she is in love with seaweed salad. It didn’t disappoint. Mumma even remarked how big the piece of salmon was! Lovely and fresh, I’d love to try cooking this one at home too. Loved the soba noodles and seaweed salad together.

You can bathe for $10 cheaper at night, and apparently the mood is all that much more magical. But during the day was just as lovely. The Peninsula Hot Springs are open 7 days a week, every day of the year except Christmas Day. The general bathing area is open 7:30am – 10pm.

For more information head to: www.peninsulahotsprings.com

Iron Chef Shellie bathed and dined at the Peninsula Hot Springs thanks to Q StrategiesMornington Peninsula Tourism, and The Peninsula Hot Springs.


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12 comments on “{Mornington Peninsula Trip} Peninsula Hot Springs & Spa Dreaming Centre Cafe
  1. Thanh - June 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I was initially going to ask how you managed to get photos of the springs, but then saw your disclaimer.

    How did you enjoy your private outdoor bathing?

    The food actually looks very good.

    • Iron Chef Shellie - June 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      loved it. was a bit bored at first but coulda stayed in there for a while longer, if I had a bath pillow 😛

  2. FOOD - June 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Both dishes look very refreshing and light! Nice bathing, nice food and nice view – next holiday destination.

  3. penny aka jeroxie - June 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Oh lala….. I love spa-ing!

  4. Leah - June 7, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Oh my this looks like the kinda place I need to visit! Love the spa and food pics.

  5. Mez - June 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Oh my god I’d NEVER hear of this place… clearly I live under a rock! It looks amazing Shellie!!!

  6. Lisa - June 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    My goodness, another fab thing to add to my list of things to do when I eventually get to the Mornington Peninsular. I think this trip needs to be sooner rather than later, or I will have to stay for a month!

  7. Sarah - June 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Sounds like a great time! We tried to go earlier in the year but they had no available spots for months! Ahh well, next time :)

  8. Hannah - June 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Soba and seaweed salad, wheee! That looks delightful! I’ve dreamed of a spa getaway for years now, but have never been able to justify it. One day!

  9. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed - June 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    mmm soba noodle goodness. I may be going here in a few weeks for a Hen’s day! Can’t wait!
    Heidi xo

  10. yasmeen @ wandering spice - June 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    how absolutely lovely. and yes, their photo policy is probably a good thing! we went up there for Valentine’s Day, it was a real treat :)

  11. Ani (@GloriousFood) - June 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Mr K and I got a voucher for the Hot Springs for our engagement party and we both loved it. And like you, we really enjoyed the food.

    I had a salmon patty with a lentil, beetroot and goats cheese salad. The salad was just sensational. Mr K who isn’t much into salad even requested that we reproduce it at home!

    And that salmon fillet looks just divine.


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