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Discover Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa in VIC


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Hepburn Springs’ only historic bathhouse has been providing traditional therapies since 1895. Drawing mineral-rich waters directly from the natural source, this iconic bathhouse reconnects you with an array of wellness experiences including indulgent 100 per cent pure private mineral baths and a selection of specifically designed wellness packages.

The miracle of mineral water

Balneotherapy, bathing in mineral water, has been practised for centuries in spas throughout the world to treat many ailments. Increasingly used for work-related conditions such as back problems and stress, balneotherapy is also proven very effective as an element of the rehabilitation process for conditions such as arthritis, depression and stress-related illnesses.

It’s a great way to relax the body and mind before your personalised spa experience. The heated mineral water relaxes your muscles and allows your pores to open so you can absorb a variety of minerals the water has to offer. The beneficial minerals include silica, which is great for skin, hair and bone formation; magnesium, good for muscles and essential for kidney function; and potassium and lithium for all-round mental health.

The experience

The historic bathhouse has received a $13 million makeover and boasts more than 30 wet and dry treatment rooms, making it one of the largest spas in the country. Enjoy indulgences ranging from the bathhouse social soaking experiences to the more exclusive Sanctuary bathing, which includes an aroma steam room, magnesium salt therapy pool, relaxation pool, spa couches submerged beneath mineral water and an extensive relaxation deck, outdoor spa pool, old pool and mineral hammam.

The relaxation pool is a mineral water blend heated to 34-36 degrees Celsius, the ideal temperature for the absorption of minerals through the skin directly into the bloodstream. This area is designed for peaceful relaxation and rejuvenation and is also suitable for gentle water exercise. There is an access ramp, seating and a separate lounge zone beside the entry stairs.

The Sanctuary welcomes anyone aged 16 years and older to relax on an underwater spa couch in the healing waters and enjoy a hydro massage. The Sanctuary also features a magnesium salt therapy pool heated to 38 degrees Celsius, filled with concentrated salt and mineral water to stimulate circulation, hydrate and detoxify the skin as well as help relieve irritated skin, muscle soreness and joint pain.

Private mineral bathing rooms are also available with a selection of wellness herbs, salts and remedies to enhance your experience of the rich pure mineral water. Luxury spa treatments and packages can be added to the mineral bathing experience for a complete wellness escape designed to reconnect.

Further mineral wellness experiences include therapeutic and relaxation massages, organic facials and a selection of indulgent spa rituals. Experienced spa goers will appreciate the sophistication of the extensive mineral-focused spa experience menu.

The therapies

Unique therapies have been designed to complement your bathing experience and target various health, beauty and relaxation needs. The signature therapies and ritual packages are sumptuous and are the ultimate in luxury.

Facial therapies include Pure Replenishing, Rejuvenating Renewal and the Hepburn Organic Facial. Massage therapies feature Volcanic Hot Stone, Muscle Focus, Remedial Therapy, Pregnancy Pause, Hepburn Wellness and Moroccan Remedy options.

Body therapies include full-body Aromatic Herbal Exfoliation, Mineral Detox and Radiance Renewal options. There is also a men’s therapy range and water and spa steam therapies.

Something new

From early June 2018, experience extreme bathing in complete luxury. Extreme bathing is known for its wide range of essential health benefits including the ability to speed up metabolism, supercharge the immune system and reduce inflammation.

Experience a self-guided or a one-on-one session on the health benefits of extreme bathing with a trained professional. Groups can also come together for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a hands-on environment introducing you to the arctic chill of extreme bathing.

Refuel and replenish

After your bathing and massage experience at Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, go for a leisurely walk through the Mineral Springs Reserve and fill your water bottle from the natural springs. Complete the wellness journey at the historic Hepburn Pavilion Cafe where Devonshire tea, warm or iced Hepburn tea and antioxidant-rich beverages are on offer alongside an extensive lunch and dessert menu.

The Pavilion Cafe is housed in a beautiful, original Edwardian heritage-listed building constructed in 1908 and has been a meeting place in Hepburn Springs for more than a century. It features magnificent stained-glass windows and an intricately tiled floor and vaulted ceiling, which offer a unique step back in time and warm welcoming environment.

Your visit

Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa is dedicated to relaxation and tranquillity and is designed to reconnect you with the environment. Bookings are recommended and can be made online.

Appropriate swimwear is required in the Bathhouse and towels are also available for hire upon arrival. A robe, towel and locker are provided in the iconic Sanctuary.

Getting there

Hepburn Springs is a short 90-minute drive from Melbourne CBD and is located in the heart of Australia’s spa country, four kilometres north of Daylesford.

Travelling via car is recommended; however, public transport is possible by catching a train from Southern Cross to Woodend, then a bus from Woodend to Daylesford, followed by a taxi from the town centre to Hepburn Springs.

Connect with Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

W: hepburnbathhouse.com

P: 03 5321 6000

E: info@hepburnbathhouse.com

A: Mineral Springs Reserve Road, Hepburn Springs Vic 3461