Peninsula Hot Springs Updates
Peninsula Hot Springs never rest on their laurels and so they have been busy working away at finishing off their Spa Dreaming Centre Cafe and relaxation room renovation. Upgrades include a larger deck area, a new relaxation lounge and relaxation room that is triple the original size.
The Spa Dreaming centre cafe at the Peninsula Hot Springs is now suitable for private bookings of 110 people for a cocktail function or 70 people to sit down.
The Cups Bird Sanctuary and Wetlands project at Peninsula Hot Springs
More than 85% of lake areas are now constructed for The Cups Bird Sanctuary and Wetlands project at Peninsula Hot Springs, creating six small lakes and prime habitat for local fauna.
Peninsula Hot Springs won a $100,000 Federal Government grant in August last year to create the unique eco-tourism project at the springs, already home to more than 70 species.
Local and well-respected ecologist Malcolm Legg is currently conducting a 12 month fauna survey as part of the project.
“The Peninsula Hot Springs property is an important part of the remaining 18% of bushland on the Mornington Peninsula. With the construction of the wetlands being so close to Tootgarook swamp, we will hopefully see an influx of wetlands animals inhabit the property” Mr Legg said.
The construction of the lakes system is a central feature of the ongoing restoration of 12 hectares (30acres) of Moonah woodland and wetland habitat. The lakes are also part of the long term vision of the award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs thermal bathing and spa centre.
The survey has detected 70 species to date, inclduing amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals in and around the Peninsula Hot Springs wetlands area, 14 of which are listed as threatened within the Monrington Peninsula and Gippsland region.
Mr Legg’s survey aims to provide Peninsula Hot Springs with recommendations about how to manage the land in the future, provide information for indigenous flora and fauna education tours and act as a baseline measure for a comparative study in five years’ time.
The follow-up study will determine the ecological success of the wetlands project by measureing diversity and numbers of visiting and resident fauna.
Mr Legg anticipates that the lakes will provide an excellent habitat for a variety of fauna including birds, mammals, reptiles and insects that will greatly enhance the local ecosystem.
Mr Legg’s extensive experience in the region is evidenced by the 500 fauna surveys he has conducted across the Mornington Peninsula that include Point Nepean National Park and HMAS Cerberus. Malcolm has also created the Mornington Peninsula Wildlife Atlas.
The Cups Bird Sanctuary and Wetlands project will also provide essential walking access and garden infrastructure that facilitates the staged introduction of Australia’s first Peninsula hot springs resort hotel on 17 hectares (43 acres) site in two to three years.
It is anticipated that The Cups Birdlife and Wetlands project will be completed by the end of the year and open to guests in late 2014.