Fingal (Mornington Peninsula)
If you live in Melbourne, and you haven’t been to the Peninsula Hot Springs before, you have been missing out! I go at least twice a year and Missy Moo has been 4 times now (she has just turned 2), so I think we know our way around. I absolutely love that the hot springs caters for children and families but in no way sacrifices its “day spa” qualities…and in that I find it truly unique.
The good stuff…and oh there is lots of it
This is a big one, and an important one. What makes a place family friendly to me? Well I like seeing family change rooms, a children’s pool, baby baths, picnic area, a BYO food policy, change tables, a not slippery surface for running toddlers, great children’s price ($5 for under 4s!) and heaps of super comfy breastfeeding chairs. Ok, they’re not marketed as breastfeeding chairs, but I fed in them and they are super comfy! There are also many deck chairs for lounging outside around the grounds too, which are also great to feed and cuddle in.
The picture at the very top of the page is the “family” area taken at an aerial view. You can see baby baths to the left, bathing barrels at the back, a cold plunge pool (the smaller one) and the larger pool runs at 34-36 degrees. There is lots of shade too which is a handy bonus, which you can see below.
Although I just mentioned it, it needs another mention. A place like the Peninsula Hot Springs could easily get away with a “no outside food or drink” policy, but yet it doesn’t have one. Bringing your own picnic is encouraged with a great picnic area and a few shady undercover tables. All food at the café is available for take away too, so if you want to bring your picnic lunch but still indulge in a latte you can…brilliant!
Food and drink from the café is simply fantastic. Ciabatta style toasties run for about $10, and pizzas are just shy of $20. Our group, during this visit, had sandwiches, pizzas, fresh juice, and coffee. Everything was perfect. If in doubt, get the BBQ Chicken pizza…I get it every time. Service took about 10 minutes. There are high chairs too!
The Hot Springs.
The springs themselves are lovely! There are over 20 different experiences to choose from in the public (kid friendly) side. These include thermal mineral spring pools, Turkish steam bath, cave pool, hilltop pool (with 360 degree views…amazing!), underground sauna, reflexology walk, massaging thermal mineral showers, family bathing area, lakeside pool and naturally landscaped bathing gully. This photo absolutely doesn’t do justice to the awesome hill top pool. Check out my video on Instagram @anydayadventures to see the full 360 view.
The Reflexology walk.
This is a great sensory and tactile challenge for adults and kids alike. Like many elements of the Peninsula Hot Springs, it is well signed with instructions and health benefits. Your kids will love wading through this jagged pathway. Good for the soul…
Some things to note….
Quote from website: “Due to safety and the layout of the Bath House bathing area, we ask that you leave your pram in your car”.
Honestly you won’t need it anyway, but make sure you back your biggest, most ultra beach bag!
Leave your bling at home.
It is recommended that fancy jewels are left at home as the minerals in the springs can cause it to tarnish.
No pool inflatables.
This is really due to space. For Missy Moo we took a little $3 Kmart watering can and she had a blast playing with that on and off. Some parents take lots, many take nothing. Do what works for your family.
After 10am kids can only be at the bottom half of the resort. This isn’t restrictive at all though, so don’t let it worry you. There’s still plenty to see and do. I’ve circled the allowable area below, so you can see there are still many bathing options with children after 10am.
Cost (Public Bath House). Correct at time of print.
Tues – Thurs
Fri – Mon
|Infant (1 month-4yrs)||$5||$5|
Get it cheaper?
The Entertainment book has 25% off the regular price of a pizza and bathe for two people.
You’ll occasionally find discounts through Groupon, Scoopon etc. Just doing a quick google search I found 20% off through Liven. Click here for the full deal.
I unashamedly love the Peninsula Hot Springs, and give it a 10/10. I think it is really reasonably priced, clean, well planned out, beautiful and overall just a very unique and amazing place to take your children to…..or you know… leave them behind…. I won’t judge.
Have fun, and if you go please share your photos on the facebook page, I’d love to see how you got on.