One of the best things to do in Melbourne is take a trip outside the city to visit some of the area's natural hot springs. If you've never been to a hot spring before, you might be a bit intimidated, but with the right preparation, you can make your experience enjoyable and safe. |
When To Go
Typically, the best weather for hot springs in the Melbourne area is during the spring months when it's cooler and the sun isn't too strong. This makes the varying temperatures of the healing waters more comfortable and reduces the chances of overheating when exploring the natural areas around the hot springs.
What To Pack
Packing for hot springs can be easy or challenging, depending on the type of trip you are making. Easy day trips to soak for a few hours and make it back to the city typically require nothing more than a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen.
But if you are doing a hot spring glamping package where you spend a few nights in a yurt near the springs, bring layers of clothing for the changing temperatures and appropriate shoes for walking around the grounds.
Also, if you are doing glamping as part of your hot springs experience but are short on space in your vehicle, consider contacting the accommodation in advance to see what items they may have or can provide for you.
What To Expect
When you arrive at the hot spring from Melbourne or your luxury glamping accommodation, you will be greeted with natural beauty and a tranquil atmosphere. Depending on the level of luxury you choose, your experience may vary from a primitive soak in hot springs to a luxurious spa-like atmosphere.
Most hot springs will have attendants on site who monitor the water temperature and ensure that visitors follow all safety guidelines. Make sure to respect their authority and follow all of their directions for a safe and enjoyable experience.
Before entering a hot spring, test the temperature of the water with your hand. It should feel warm, not hot to the touch. Do not enter a spring if it is too hot, as this can lead to scalding or burns on your skin. Be aware that hot springs can look deceptively cool yet maintain temperatures of 55 C or higher. So always exercise caution.
You can soak in the hot springs for as little or as long as you'd like, but remember that overdoing it could lead to overheating. When you feel yourself getting too hot, rest and cool down with a few laps in the nearby pool or take some time to rest back at your luxury glamping accommodation.
Enjoy Your Time at the Hot Springs
Whether it's a day trip or part of a hot spring glamping package, getting out of the city and soaking up the healing mineral properties of natural hot springs is a great way to relax and wind down. Don't forget to be mindful of your environment and always follow safety guidelines from site staff.
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