Relax at a wellness retreat or spa in regional Victoria

Hepburn Springs bath house

Hepburn Springs bath house

Victoria is home to a wealth of options for those seeking an indulgent spa treatment or the ultimate health and wellness getaway. With an abundance of hot mineral waters, lush surroundings and an endless list of treatments, visitors are sure to find something to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy life.

Known as the spa capital of Australia and located just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate, relax and indulge. The region offers Australia’s largest concentration of natural mineral springs, rich with a number of world class day spas and wellbeing centres. Options include the following;

Salus Spa at Lake House – voted Australia’s Best Spa and Health Retreat at the Gourmet Traveller Travel Awards, this boutique spa is nestled amongst the lush gardens of the Lake House hotel in Daylesford.  The state-of-the-art Spa designed with blonde wood and splashes of Tiffany blue, is surrounded by waterfall fed streams and offers nine treatment areas over three levels. Large expanses of glass offer views to the lake shore, stream and cool fern gully. Outdoor balconies and sunlit lounges provide a lovely setting to enjoy a selection of spa cuisine and herbal teas. In between treatments guests can wander the manicured gardens, undertake more rigorous hiking trails of the surrounding Wombat Forest or take advantage of the full sized tennis court and bocce area.  4 King Street, Daylesford

Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa – taking the waters at Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa has been a must do when visiting the Daylesford region since as early as 1895. Throughout history the baths have been known as a gathering place for social activity, healthy exercise and mental relaxation. From private healing mineral baths, to massage, facials, body wraps and polishes, manicures and pedicures, every treatment at The Spa promises to rejuvenate and reinvigorate. Experienced therapists guide guests through the spa experience and can even provide a mineral makeup session so that they emerge looking and feeling fabulous. Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs

The Mineral Spa – a destination day spa in the heart of Victoria’s spa country, The Mineral Spa has been designed as a sanctuary for relaxation and offers powerful healing and beauty treatments to re-invigorate and restore. One of The Mineral Spa’s indulgent experiences is the three-hour Dreaming Ritual which is described as the Rolls Royce of treatments. The treatment embraces traditional Aboriginal healing techniques that include a Li’Tya hand and foot treatment, body exfoliation and wrap, rhythmic full body Kodo massage, conditioning hair and scalp treatment and facial. Located within the grounds of Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat, 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs

It’s not just the Daylesford region that is home to spa and wellness retreats, here is a list of other options located throughout the State.

Peninsula Hot Springs – Australia’s first natural geo-thermal springs are located on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. Guests can immerse themselves in the heated, soothing mineral waters and unwind amongst the tranquil bushland setting. Winners of the Global Best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards, the Peninsula Hot Springs have more than 20 varied bathing experiences in the social Bath House area, and a private area for personal time out with luxurious treatments, baths and pampering in the Spa Dreaming Centre. Springs Ln, Fingal

Griffins Hillthis architect-designed yoga retreat in the Southern Grampians, is set within a landscaped garden two kilometres from Dunkeld.  Surrounded by panoramic views, Griffins Hill yoga retreats focus on yoga, rest and organic vegetarian meals.  All classes at Griffins Hill are taught by Frank Jesse, who is one of just 27 Senior Iyengar Teachers in Australia. Griffins Hill guests can combine a full program of yoga and delicious organic vegetarian fare, mostly home-grown, with the chance to walk around the spectacular local bushland and visit neighbouring attractions. 170 Victoria Valley Road, Dunkeld

Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park – luxurious in design and surrounded by expansive gardens, the facilities at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park allow guests to escape from the rush of everyday life. The Mansion Spa is home to eight treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge and offers an exclusive range of beauty therapies to reinvigorate the mind, body and soul. All spa treatments are a complete wellbeing experience, as they all include the full use of the Spa facilities, which include a 17 meter indoor pool, steam rooms, gymnasium and relaxation lounge. K Road, Werribee

Natskin Day Spa Retreat – located in the Yarra Valley at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort, Natskin Day Spa Retreat allows guests to take in the views of undulating hills and vineyards whilst indulging in their choice of beauty therapy treatments. The Resort boasts elegant and spacious accommodation, a cellar door, restaurant, and a health club consisting of a multi-station heated activity pool, steam room and state of the art gym. Balgownie Estate, 1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen 

Onsen Retreat and Spa – offering the ideal place to unwind after a day on the slopes, Australia’s first indoor-outdoor, Japanese inspired Onsen Retreat and Spa is located in Dinner Plain, just down the road from Mt Hotham. A full range of spa treatments and packages are available including access to the outdoor heated Onsen which sits at a comfortable 38 degrees. The facility opens each year to coincide with the ski season which this year begins on Saturday 7 June. Big Muster Drive, Dinner Plain

Revive Retreat – guests are invited to relax, escape and rejuvenate at Revive Retreat, a three bedroom guest house in Wonthaggi, located between popular Phillip Island and beautiful Wilsons Promontory. The property is decorated with coastal influences to provide a restful and relaxing stay with VIP access to beauty and spa treatments at special rates at their Salon which is located in the town centre. 158 White Road Wonthaggi 

Saltair Spa Torquay – located in Torquay at the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Saltair Spa’s luxurious spa resort offers the ideal setting to relax, unwind and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding hillsides and crystal blue oceans of Bass Strait. A wide range of treatments and spa packages are offered by professional therapists including an Indigenous inspired Rhythmic Massage. 50 Ashmore Road, Torquay

Madison Spa Resort – this tranquil spa retreat, which invites guests to rest the body, mind and soul, sits peacefully among the majestic bushland of the Murray River in Echuca Moama. The property is home to luxury accommodation, a restaurant, day spa and resort facilities. An invigorating Roman-styled spa pool and tranquil relaxation pool and sauna offer a truly unique experience for a much needed weekend away or long overdue break. 80 Meninya Street, Moama

For further spa and wellness options go to Visit Victoria.

 

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