Victorians released from lockdown on Wednesday can spend the weekend soaking their stress in geothermal pools three hours from Melbourne.
Deep Blue Hot Springs in Warrnambool, 257.8 km southwest of the state capital, is a “sanctuary of wellness” filled with 15 natural mineral pools, waterfalls and aromatherapy baths that promise to wash away your worries.
Guests can enjoy the health benefits of the heated salt water while swimming through a network of sensory caves, connected to Victoria’s first-ever hot spring hotel.
Like its more famous neighbor, the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs, Deep Blue is surrounded by hiking and biking trails, as well as some of the best beaches on the Great Ocean Road, including the main beach at Warrnambool and Middle Island.
Victorians released from lockdown on Wednesday could spend the weekend soaking their stress in geothermal pools (pictured) three hours from Melbourne
Deep Blue Hot Springs (pictured) in Warrnambool, 257.8 km southwest of the capital, is a ‘sanctuary of wellness’
Several day passes are available, with two-hour sessions starting at 8am for $46 per person and two and a half hour slots at 11am and 2:30pm for $57 per person.
A special three-hour twilight session running from 6-9pm is also offered for $68 per person.
Visitors raved about the experience on Instagram, where an account dedicated to photos from the sources has attracted an audience of 7,195 followers.
“Absolute heaven,” wrote one woman.
“I had the best time here, went back twice,” added another.
One woman said soaking in the pool’s restorative waters eased muscle pain she’d had for months.
The spa is filled with 15 natural mineral pools (pictured), waterfalls, and aromatherapy pools that promise to wash away your worries
Guests can enjoy the health benefits of the heated salt water while swimming through a network of sensory caves, connected to Victoria’s first-ever hot spring hotel
A second said her skin, nails and hair immediately felt stronger after bathing for two hours.
Others called the springs “winter happiness” and the destination “best rest and relaxation” they’ve visited in years.
The Deep Blue hot springs, located on the southwest coast of Victoria, remain off limits to millions of people outside the Garden State as lockdown continues in New South Wales and South Australians are left out due to border closures.
Victoria’s fifth ‘circuit breaker’ ends after two weeks Tuesday at 11:59 p.m., but residents are still banned from going to their friends’ homes and masks will be mandatory everywhere.
The state recorded another 10 cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday morning, but all cases had been isolated during their contagious period.
One woman said her skin, nails and hair immediately felt stronger after bathing for two hours
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said at a press conference that although Victorians are allowed to leave the house for any reason, many rules remain in place.
Pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars open with a maximum of 100 people inside and 300 outside, and a quota of one person per 4 m².
Live music venues, dance classes and physical recreation facilities, including gyms, will also open with the same square foot rule.
The number of people allowed at funerals and weddings will be limited to 50.
Others called the sources (photo) “winter happiness” and the destination “best rest and relaxation” they have visited in years
Mr Andrews said: ‘There will be people who will say, ‘Why can I go to the pub but not Mum and Dad’s place for dinner? Well, there are no QR codes at mom and dad, no industrial cleaning, not the measures we have as a hospo location.’
He also said crowds at football games, theaters and major events will be banned for the next two weeks.
Victoria will return to the rule that ‘if you can work from home, you must also work from home’, but office workers will be able to return up to 25 percent or up to 10 people – whichever is more.
Families can go on holiday again, but only with their family members.