There's nothing like a good soak to cure your ailments or aching bones, especially when enveloped by Mother Nature's glorious scenery. Here are 4 of Australia's best thermal springs.
If you intend to get out this spring and summer and do some tramping, you may want to put these incredible thermal springs on your radar to reward yourself after a hard workout.
1. Peninsula Hot Springs
Just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, the Peninsula Hot Springs are located on the Mornington Peninsula and offer 20 different soaking experiences. With more than 20 different experiences to choose from, you'll definitely be able to find something that suits your needs!
Originating deep underground, natural thermal mineral waters flow into a cave, gully and hilltop pool, all about 36 to 43 degrees celsius. With moonlight and sunset bathing available, this is a perfect stop after a big outdoor excursion.
2. Hastings Caves State Reserve
Tasmania's Hastings Caves and thermal springs are about a 90-minute drive south of Hobart, and tucked in the rich forest of the reserve.
Explore the incredible dolomite Newdegate Cave and walking trails before taking a dip in the thermal springs pool.
3. Mataranka Thermal Pools
Located in Elsey National Park in the Northern Territory, the Mataranka Thermal Pools and Rainbow Springs are comfortably nestled in a beautiful palm forest and maintain a temperature of about 34 degrees.
With 30.5 million litres of water rising from under the ground each day, the springs also feed the Roper river, where you can swim if you need to cool off. With plenty of walking tracks and canoeing opportunities, a visit to Elsey is well worth your while.
4. Witjira- Dalhousie Springs
For those who love a bit of bird-watching and are hoping to get some canoeing in this summer, the Witjira National Park makes for a perfect spot to getaway for a long weekend.
The thermal springs are located on the western edge of the Simpson Desert and enclosed by sand dunes and floodplains. With more than 120 mound springs to swim in and nearby campgrounds, this is a fabulous place to relax and watch wildlife.