Get into (deliciously) hot water on the Mornington Peninsula…

Peninsula Hot Springs in Victoria

Peninsula Hot Springs, Victoria

In 1992,  Charles Davidson was in Kusatsu, one of Japan’s most famous hot spring towns. It was the middle of winter, snow glistening on the ground, and as he jumped into the steaming hot pools, he thought, “Why don’t we have this at home in Australia?”

It was the thought that sparked the discovery of hot springs on the Mornington Peninsula.

Inspired by hot springs

At the time, Charles was enjoying working for a Japanese trading company in dairy, wine and grains. “I used to wonder what I could do that was even more gentle than this, and when I hopped in the hot pool I said “that’s it, I could spend my life putting people in the bath!”

Inspired, for the next three years Charles visited hot springs across Japan and searched antique markets for bowls, etchings and anything else to do with bathing traditions.

Then he discovered from a friend a fact that changed everything. Old government drilling tests in 1979 had discovered heated mineral water 520 metres below the ground on the Mornington Peninsula.

There were hot springs on the Peninsula!

Turning a dream into reality

Calling upon his brother Richard, Charles headed for the Peninsula and snapped up 17 hectares of land around the successful bore. In December 1997, they started drilling and travelled the world researching spas from Yemen to Russia,  Egypt and the Czech Republic.

In June 2005, a whopping eight years after Charles had confirmed the presence of heated mineral water, the doors of Victoria’s first natural hot springs and day spa centre, Peninsula Hot Springs finally opened.

And relax…

Hot Springs in the Mornington Peninsula

Easy does it…

Want to discover the hot springs for yourself? Charles and Richard have sensitively transformed the land into an idyllic place to be.

From the indoor spa with its lavish menu, to the private outdoor pools, edged with natural stone, shaded by bird-filled trees and continually fed by healing, relaxing water.

High up on a hill is a new hot pool with a panoramic view of the ocean, Port Phillip Bay and the Peninsula’s highest point of Arthur’s Seat.

Jump in…

Discover the Peninsula Hot Springs at

Don’t just take our word for it:

Read travel editor Jane Memmler’s review of Peninsula Hot Springs in the Daily Express.

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