Local tourism operators Adrian and Rachel Bromage have joined forces with the award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs Group to bring back hot springs bathing to Metung in East Gippsland.
Much loved by locals, the original springs at Metung were Victoria’s first hot springs. It was a place where locals could meet and catch up, and often popular in the afternoons after a long day out on the water.
Growing up visiting the original Metung springs as children, Rachel along with her husband Adrian have been passionate about reigniting the hot springs experience in their hometown for over 20 years. Long-time residents of East Gippsland, the Bromages accelerated their planning to make their dream a reality when they were operating McMillians of Metung and were driving past the site daily.
Peninsula Hot Springs was their family’s happy space, so in 2012 it was a natural step that Adrian and Rachel began talks with Peninsula Hot Springs Founder and Creative Director Charles Davidson to share their dream and gain insights into the industry and operations of the business they so admired.
As a passionate ambassador for the entire industry both locally and internationally, Charles initially supported Rachel and Adrian as an industry expert, sharing his extensive knowledge of hot springs from his travels to over 50 countries.
As the Peninsula Hot Springs Group continued to grow and evolve, a natural partnership emerged to get this project off the ground. Finally joining forces in 2018, land was purchased in the Kings Cove estate and the journey to bring hot springs back to the town where they were first enjoyed in Victoria had begun.
Combining the experience and expertise from the team behind Australia’s most visited hot spring (Peninsula Hot Springs welcomes over 500,000 guests per year), with the experience of local tourism operators who are passionate about the region, Metung Hot Springs is an exciting new venture scheduled for opening Summer 2021/22.
The site for Metung Hot Springs has been chosen for its natural appeal, breathtaking views and proximity to the neighbouring Kings Cove Golf Club, with an ambition to integrate the golf course into the master plan, creating Australia’s first hot springs golf club.
The project has garnered support from both state and local governments and is due to break ground in the coming months after receiving a grant as part of the East Gippsland Bushfire recovery fund. Expected to generate 25 jobs during construction and extending to 35 when operational, Metung Hot Springs will add to the existing suite of experiences on offer, increasing visitors’ length of stay in the region – good news for all in the community.
Peninsula Hot Springs Group is spearheaded by founder and Creative Director Charles Davidson in partnership with co-owner Bharat Mitra (chairman and owner of Organic India). Both are passionate about wellness and are committed to expanding the industry, sharing the healing benefits of geothermal water and reconnection through bathing practices with the community.
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