Mineral thermal hot springs are known for their healing powers, and have been used for this purpose for centuries in many parts of the world. Australia is rich in hot springs, particularly because of the Great Artesian Basin. The thermal waters of these springs increase metabolism, improve your skin, and help you find relief from aches and pain.
Natural Thermal Hot Springs in Australia
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Guide to Hot Springs in Australia
Generally, heated springs are often linked with volcanic activity, but in Australia, they originate in a different manner. Groundwater passes through porous bedrock into reservoirs located deep underground, where it is heated by the radiation emitting from the molten core of the Earth. Thousands of years later, this heated water rises upwards when pressure grows and then emerges through cracks and bores onto the Earth’s surface in the form of natural springs.
So if you want to rejuvenate your body and relax your mind, here are our favorite hot springs in Australia that you definitely must visit.
Dalhousie Springs at Witjira National Park in South Australia – Arguably the most popular hot springs in Australia, the Dalhousie Springs are located on the western edge of the Simpson Desert, where water flows out at more than 120 different sites. The pools have varying temperatures, but for the main spring, they are mostly between 98°F or 37°C and 109°F or 43°C. The springs are also home to unique aquatic life, boasting some of the most attractive fish species in Australia.
Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs at Hastings – Hastings is a tiny village located in the southern part of Hobart. Featuring dolomite caves and a network of thermal springs, the mountain water soaks into the Earth and is heated deep below the ground, after which it emerges out at Hastings. The water temperature is mostly around 82°F or 28°C. Surrounded by the lush green, these are some of the most relaxing Australian hot springs to soak yourself in. And when you’re done with the springs, you can enjoy a walk through the scenic rainforest.
Hepburn Springs in Victoria – The Hepburn Hot Springs are home to one of the oldest bathhouses in the area, which was established more than 100 years ago in 1895. Rated a solid five stars, the villa offers a number of activities for de-stressing and refreshing yourself. Sanctuary Retreat is the most popular attraction in the area. A number of accommodation options are also available if you want to stay overnight.
Peninsula Hot Springs in Victoria – The Peninsula Hot Springs are a lovely retreat that was recognized as the Best Luxury Mineral Spa at the World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2014, and rightly so, because the site offers a diverse and unique experience. Spread across 17 hectares, you have more than 20 different relaxing options to choose from including thermal pools, sauna, outdoor baths, steam baths, and cave pools.
Bitter Springs in Katherine – The Bitter Springs are probably one of the most serene soaking places in Australia, set in a quiet cove surrounded by palm trees on all sides.
Which of these hot springs in Australia do you plan to visit next?
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