Why you should visit the Peninsula Hot Springs with your kids
The Peninsula Hot Springs is a undoubtedly a highlight for most visitors and locals on the Mornington Peninsula. This wonderfully zen oasis, offering pools filled with natural hot mineral waters pumped up from deep underground, attracts 450,000 visitors annually and for all the right reasons.
Admittedly, I had not been one to encourage my children to visit the Peninsula Hot Springs. I've always thought this sacred space would be a more enjoyable experience without children in tow.
Taking my sons along to the Peninsula Hot Springs for the first time in the summer school holidays has changed my thinking. We had the best time together.
I tried to explain the Peninsula Hot Springs to the boys before we arrived. "It's like lots of hot spas, some warmer than others, and you can choose whichever spa you want to dunk in." I'm not sure if my description painted the right picture, but I do know as soon as we arrived, they were in awe.
The boys' favourites - the cave pool complete with stalactites on the ceiling, the reflexology walk and the family pool.
The reflexology walk
We stayed for at least 3hrs and chose to eat lights snacks in the cafe too.
A couple of pointers to take note of when you visit the Peninsula Hot Springs with kids:
Visiting after 10am means the children will not be able to bathe in the the Bathing Gully and Hilltop pools, because these areas are reserved for guests 16 years and older after this time. We booked in at 10:30am therefore we missed out on the Hilltop pools but the children didn't seem to mind too much.
The Peninsula Hot Springs is open at 7am, so if you can visit prior to 10am, there are no restrictions and you can visit all of the aforementioned bathing areas.
The family pool, located just outside the Bath House changerooms, includes a large, shallow pool that is suitable for toddlers. There are baby baths for tiny ones too.
The kid-friendly pools are also cooler in temperature, so you don’t need to worry about your little ones overheating.
Children's entry prices to the Peninsula Hot Springs are not as expensive as you might think: Children 4 years and under can enter the Bath House for $5. Bigger bigger kids are $20 each and adults start at $25.
There are family rooms for showering and changing if you prefer a little privacy.
BYO towels and robes. You can rent both on site if you wish, although you will save money if you bring your own.