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The best thermal pools, hot springs and spas in every state

By Maeve Galea

There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but we don’t know many of them… 

While Australians tend to spend summer by the beach, enjoying the cooling benefits of submerging ourselves in the the salty sea, there’s no reason to relegate swimming and bathing to the warmer months. We live in a country rich in natural hot springs and luxurious bath houses, and the mental and physical health benefits of this relaxing pastime make it a must-do this winter. Here, we’ve rounded up the best places for a steaming-hot soak in every state… 

Queensland

Talaroo hot springs

Where: These newly opened outback springs can be found on Queensland’s Gulf Savannah (a beautiful stop on the incredible 3700km road trip linking Cairns and Broome). As well as bathing in bliss, visitors can take a tour of the land – and learn the secrets of this ancient geological wonder – with the traditional Ewamian owners.

How much: Private soaking pools cost $80 for up to four people. Hot Springs Discovery Tours cost $35 per person. Find more information here.

Innot Hot Springs

Where: Enjoy a rejuvenating soak in these natural mineral springs located in Far North Queensland.

How much: $10 per person for a day visit, which gives you access to all the pools.

Northern Territory

Katherine Hot SPrings

Where: Three hours north-west of Darwin, nestled into the vegetation surrounding the township of Katherine.

How much: Free entry!

Also try: Berry Springs, Bitter Springs and the Mataranka Thermal Pool. 

Western Australia

Zebedee Springs

Where: Amid the vast and ancient landscape of Western Australia’s East Kimberley region sits these natural hot springs. Surrounded by the untamed natural beauty of El Questro, this is an off- the-grid soaking experience. 

How much: $11-$22 entry per person.

Victoria

Where: This destination day-spa is only an hour from Melbourne and a stone’s throw from the picturesque town of Daylesford, made famous for its natural springs. 

How much: From $55 for 1.5 hours. 

Where: This maze of outdoor geothermal hot springs and indoor mineral spas is located on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. 

How much: From $30 for 60 minutes. You can also stay on gorgeous on-site accommodation including glamping tents.

New South Wales

Where: Surrounded by the serenity of the Blue Mountains, this bathhouse is easily accessible from Sydney by both car and public transport. 

How much: From $85 for up to three hours’ use of the bath house facilities.

Also try: Nature’s Energy bathhouse in Balmain or Glebe.

Yarrangobilly Caves & THermal Pool

Where: Naturally heated to a balmy 27 degrees all year round, this spring-fed pool is set in Kosciuszko National Park, about five hours from Sydney and Melbourne alike.

How much: Free, other than a parking entry fee.

Tasmania

Where: Set in Tasmania’s North-West Cradle Mountain region, this cosy spa surrounded by towering King Billy pines overlooks the fresh mountain springs and the pristine Pencil Pine River.

How much: From $130 for an hour. 

South Australia

Dalhousie Springs

Where: This outback oasis is a network of more than 60 natural springs in Witjira National Park on the edge of the Simpson Desert. It’s a long journey to get there (nearly 1000 kilometres from Adelaide) but worth it for the blissfully warm waters, heated to 36 degrees Celsius.

How much: $10 per vehicle.

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