Peninsula Hot Springs | Day Trip from Melbourne

Peninsula Hot Springs

Peninsula Hot Springs is one of the many hot springs present in Australia. After living in Japan for close to 4 years, hot springs (onsen) had become an essential part of any day trips or general outings. Naturally, when we moved to Australia, the first thing I knew I'd miss is onsen. Lucky for us, Peninsula Hot Springs is located just around an hour drive from Melbourne. We got to visit this luxury spa in December last year and totally loved the experience.

We didn't get to click many pictures as we wanted to just relax and have the best of the time at this beautiful place. Hence, you will not see much of my pictures; though, I will try to share some pictures from their website.

Peninsula Hot Springs was founded by two brothers, Charles and Richard Davidson in 1997. It opened its gates to the public in June 2005. It is still undergoing continuous development and addition of new features like accommodation to give you an even better sense of relaxing.

Peninsula Hot Spring sits on a hilly location with one of its pools at the hilltop (wow). It is spread on a 42-acre site. Currently, there are 28 services at this facility, which include foot bath, hand bath, hot pools, reflexology walk, hammam, sauna, cave pool, etc. In addition to these, you can also opt for private baths if you fancy relaxing just on your own or with your loved one. They also have a myriad of massage options to choose from.

Peninsula Hot Springs

Peninsula Hot Springs


We visited the Peninsula Hot Spring around noon and relaxed in almost all of their pools. Our goal was to be able to witness the sunset from the hilltop pool. 😀 The pools look absolutely breathtaking at night amidst the wilderness.

Peninsula Hot Springs


Peninsula Hot Springs from Melbourne:

Distance: 97 km


  • By car (Mornington Peninsula Freeway and M1)
  • Public transport: From Melbourne, board Frankston line train for Frankston. Then board bus no. 788 to Rye. From there, call a taxi (phone 03 5981 to reach the Peninsula Hot Springs.
  • There are a couple of more options listed on their website, so definitely check that out.

Important Notes:

  • Pre-booking is essential at Peninsula Hot Springs. While booking you are given an option to select your arrival time. Make sure you reach at your respective time, not before or after that.
  • Carry your own towel, robe, swimsuit, water bottle, etc. You may get these on hire from the facility but it's always better to bring your own.
  • The facility has lockers available at an extra cost, so you can store your valuables and clothing.
  • Make sure you are not hungry or dehydrated before going in the pool. Try having a meal around half an hour before the bath.
  • Carry a water bottle and keep yourself hydrated throughout.
  • Do not spend more than 10-15 minutes at a time in a pool. If you wish to spend longer, then take a break and after 5-7 minutes, go back to the pool again.
  • Unlike Japanese onsen, you can carry your mobile phones to the pool and bath area. Make sure you carry those in proper waterproof packaging and refrain from clicking other groups' pictures - basic etiquette.

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Day Trip from Melbourne | Mornington Peninsula | Peninsula Hot springs

That's all from my side about this beautiful hot spring. Have you been to Peninsula Hot Springs or any other hot spring? How was your experience? Share your stories in the comment section.

Have you been to Japanese onsens? How did you like those? Check out my posts on Japan here.

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  • Aditi


  • Familyearthtrek

    Ohh you have been livinf in Japan! Do you speak any japanese?
    The hot springs looks very cool! Just wish they werent so close onto each other like that just to have some romantic privacy! But other than that I would love to spend my day there!

    • We used to live in Japan (for ~4 years) but now we are in Melbourne. I speak a little, enough to get my work done and ask for help (I used to teach English in a few Japanese schools so I learned more Japanese from them). Oh they also have private hot spring options that you can book to have some private romantic getaway. We didn’t do that as in that you are only confined to your bath and cannot visit other baths (they have so many and one at the hilltop overlooking sunset).

  • Timon Peskin

    Wow looks so relaxing. What is the cost to use the facilities for the day? I really want to check this place out!

    • Hi Timon, their entry prices range from $25-$47 depending on what time and day you are planning your visit. You can their website for more information.

  • Made Adayasa

    Can’t afford to visit but seem so like an interesting place for vacation . Thank for sharing your great article

  • Heather | Made In A Pinch

    Australia is on my bucket list…when I eventually get there, I will check out this place. I looks AMAZING! Thank you for the great post and helpful tips!

  • I could use such a relaxing place for a week off from stress! I’m adding this to my long bucket list of places I would love to visit.

  • Bump n Mum

    Hi Aditi! I want to know more about the Australia. Thanks for sharing the experience of Peninsula Hot Springs. looks so relaxing.

  • Tania Potter

    This is gorgeous, what a stunning place to sit back and relax in a hot spring. The view is superb and all the services available are making me green with envy!

  • Laura Dove

    Oh wow I would love to go to a hot spring, this looks amazing!! I’ve never been to Australia but I would love to one day, especially Melbourne. x

  • Kamille King

    Hot springs are my thing! I can imagine how relaxed you were!

  • That looks like the most magical hot spring , although I have to confess I have never had the chance to experience a hot spring for myself! I love the sound of a hot spring right now, I have some stress knots that need to be sorted out. Haha!

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    I’ve loved Hot springs due to the relaxation properties they pose. This one seems to be a great spot to unwind and just relax. Loved the photos of this trip!

  • i always love to take a dip in hot bath as I have heard that they are good for health and skin. This hot spring looks beautiful as it has a lovely view while inside. Thanks for giving helpful tips about what to carry there and to book in advance.

  • J E A N 💌

    Wow, this looks like an incredible and relaxing place! I’ve never been to a hot springs before but would absolutely love to visit.

  • Kallia Manika

    Wowza!!!!! This place looks phenomenal! Relaxing, peaceful and still you get to interact with other people from what I saw!! I love rocks, so something like pictured in your photos would be heaven for me!

  • What a wonderful place! I’ve never had the opportunity to visit one, but imagine they would similar to a hot tub? If so, there’s truly nothing that’s more relaxing for mind, body, and soul. x

  • David E

    I feel silly that I have never been to a hot springs anywhere. I know that they are places but I just have never been. This looks like it was marvelous and relaxing. Thank you for all the good information here.

  • Louise Smith

    Oh my goodness, I would love to visit this place! I love anything like this, and this one looks even more magical than any of the other hot springs I’ve been to 🙂

    Louise x

  • Hot Springs are great and very relaxing. I would really enjoy being able to go more often. Very peaceful and a great way to just spend time clearing your mind and doing something for yourself.

  • That place looks lovely! I’d love to visit it in the future. 🙂