BALLARAT has some perfectly quaint villages right at its doorstep, and Hepburn Springs is one such example.
Surrounded by native woodlands, charming cafes, rich heritage, the legacies of the Swiss Italian migrants, and of course, the mineral springs, Hepburn Springs is a delightful hamlet only a 40-minute drive out of Ballarat.
What makes this little village so superb, is that it's perfect for a girlfriends' getaway. Who wouldn't want to immerse themselves in all of the aforementioned!
My best friends and I travelled to Hepburn recently to visit the renowned Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, and it was an experience that left us yearning for more. The bathhouse and spa hearkens back to a time when communal bathhouses were all the rage, but brings with it a sense of sophistication, relaxation, wellness and meditation that wasn't experienced in the settings of yesteryear.
Visiting as a trio, we indulged in a reflective mineral bathing and spa session before making our way into the exclusive Sanctuary. As you enter within the Sanctuary walls, you are invited to enjoy a variety of spaces aimed at relaxing, soothing, and healing. Whether it's the aroma steam room, the mineral Hammam sauna (with its ornate Turkish-inspired walls), the spa couches, the magnesium salt pool or the outdoor creek-side bathing, each area draws the mineral water directly from the source creating the ultimate wellness experience!
The bathhouse itself is nestled in the midst of native bushland, meaning you can gaze through the floor-to-ceiling windows and admire the natural surrounds and native fauna, soaking up the serenity that abounds. We saw a kookaburra and some rosellas during our visit, which just added to the beauty of the moment!
Entry to the Sanctuary includes access to lockers, towels and robes, so you can really feel like royalty. The bathhouse amenities also include everything you need, including toilets, showers, hairdryers, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel.
As well as the mineral bathing and Sanctuary, the bathhouse offers a range of massage packages, private wellness baths, body treatments, facial therapies, and more. So whether you're seeking a girlfriends' getaway, a romantic rendezvous, a bit of me-time or a family bathing session, the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa should be your first port-of-call.
Upon leaving the bathhouse, not only did we feel an overwhelming sense of relaxation, but one of my friends remarked it was as if we were levitating. Indeed, it was.