The Peninsula Hot Springs is a relaxtion and recreation facility with a source of 47oC thermal water drawn from an aquifer located 600 metres below the surface.
The inspiration came from a bathing experience in the Japanese town of Kusatsu. Laying in the hot thermal waters, with snow all around, founder Charles Davidson wondered why hot springs were not available in Australia and became inspired. A chance conversation with the head of the Victoria State office in Tokyo in 1997 revealed the existence of thermal waters deep underground on the Mornington Peninsula.
As there was no hot spring bathing culture in Australia at the time, and as Australia was home to people of all cultures of the world, the idea became to blend the best of world bathing cultures within the unique natural Australian environment. Travels to 18 countries to research the bathing and spa cultures lead to the development of a global hot springs spa.
The local community
Peninsula Hot Springs employs 143 staff and is attracting over 250,000 visitors annually. The ongoing development of the site has been driven by huge demand in bathing in thermal waters and significant growth in the spa and well being industry over the past 10 years.
Many of the visitors stay in the region, dine at restaurants and cafes and visit wineries, golf courses and other tourism attractions during their stay. This provides flow on economic benefit to the local economy. In its six years of operation Peninsula Hot Springs has grown to be the most visited tourism attraction in the region.