We all love Phillip Island for their incredible wildlife experiences, and most famously, for their adorable fairy penguins. But in 2023, after a day of exploring the island’s incredible coastlines, you’ll be able to rest your weary bones in some relaxing thermal hot springs. Yes, hot springs are coming to Phillip Island. Here’s what we know so far.
Today I joined Bass MP Jordan Crugnale to announce $5.2m from the Regional Tourism Investment Fund & the Enabling Tourism Fund to support the development of Phillip Island Hot Springs at Newhaven. With these views over Bass Strait this project will be a massive tourism attraction pic.twitter.com/lTYgIhhidM
— Martin Pakula (@MartinPakulaMP) June 17, 2022
Phillip Island Hot Springs
The hot springs will be set in Newhaven, next to The Cape Kitchen waterfront restaurant. This project was originally meant to open in February this year, but has since been pushed back to opening some time in 2023.
Original plans for the project involved 45 bathing pools of varying sizes, as well as a day spa, treatment rooms and facilities, surrounded by the beauty of the coastal environment.
Today, the Victorian government announced an additional $500, 000 investment to support the project. Funding will go towards the planning stage for the development of the Cape Woolamai Lodge and hot springs. An additional three thermal pools will be constructed next to the Cape Kitchen restaurant, and feature sweeping views over Bass Strait. Meanwhile, the restaurant will be transformed into a dining lounge, seating up to 100 guests.
“Bass Coast is a stunning destination that needs new experiences, new offerings, and this wellness project does just that — all year round, immersed in nature, all about health and wellbeing and great boost for our local economy that supports local jobs too,” said Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale.
The hot springs is expected to attract 73, 000 new visitors to Phillip Island in its first year, and contribute over $4.7 million to the local economy.