'Take the waters' in Victoria's spa country, home to the largest concentration of natural mineral springs in Australia, and combine head-to-toe pampering with purifying air in immaculate gardens and tranquil forests.
A history of rejuvenation
Your quest for rejuvenation and relaxation via the restorative waters in the twin spa towns of Hepburn Springs and Daylesford is part of a tradition dating back more than 100 years. The region boasts more than 60 mineral springs, and it was these as much as the prospect of easy riches that attracted the first wave of Swiss Italian migrants to the area.
Rich in magnesium, calcium and silica, among other minerals, the region's springs are believed to cure all sorts of afflictions, from acne to arthritis. By the early 1800s, the locals were aware of these health benefits and lobbied the local council to halt sluicing for gold to protect the water. That lead to the creation of the Mineral Springs Reserve in 1865 and, in 1895, the Hepburn Bathhouse was built.
Time spent in of Australia's spa capital is time spent returning your body to its natural state. It's a total body experience with wellness options complementing myriad spa treatments. These spa towns have become havens for holistic health and wellbeing, so you can indulge in more than 200 types of therapies and treatments, including massage, facials, mud baths, reiki, naturopathy, and even astrology.
For quintessential spa experiences, visit the iconic Hepburn Bathhouse, check in to the award-winning Salus Spa at the Lake House, indulge at the Mineral Spa at Peppers Springs Retreat, and explore the seemingly endless options in and around Daylesford and surrounding villages.
The complete experience
Relaxation and rejuvenation can take its toll. Stay a while in Daylesford or Hepburn Springs and find luxurious accommodation options offering fabulous local food and wine and in-house spa treatments. Check out the Lake House or Villa Parma at Peppers Springs Retreat, or retire to one of the region's smaller villages for a total escape.