The Metung Hot Springs is set to open this summer.
Having closed in the 1990s due to vandalism, security issues and other concerns, the former Hot Pools site has been picked up by none other than the Peninsula Hot Springs team and East Gippsland local tourism operators Rachel and Adrian Bromage to channel new life into Metung and Gippsland. (Featured image: Patrick McGregor)
Grants from both the state and federal government as part of the Local Economic Recovery Program have contributed to the redevelopment of the site which will boast a lakeside bathing area and marina as well as floating saunas and, obviously, hot pools too as part of phase one. Located at the Kings Cove golf estate, the Metung Hot Springs will also feature a glamping village as well as a spa relaxation centre.
The geothermal waters will once again come from the 500-metre-deep bore that was originally drilled for oil in 1929/30. Back in the 1970s, the waters were channeled into corrugated iron drums before they were upgraded to concrete pools. Not the best, but it was a start.
The Metung Hot Springs, which were the first hot pools anywhere in Victoria, will be a far cry from those early days thanks to the many technological advancements since then. The hope is that the hot springs will be a major drawcard for East Gippsland after a devastating 2020 that saw tourist numbers plummet.
For more info, take a look at the Metung Hot Springs website.