When you think of hot springs and hot pools, your first thought may lead you to the bubbling onsens in Japan
, the famed Blue Lagoons in Iceland
or perhaps the Onsen Hot Pools in New Zealand
, but have you ever wondered if there were any right here close to Sydney and its surrounds?
We’ve done some digging and have found these beautiful undiscovered spots you could check out on your next winter weekend escape! They are located a little further from Sydney so you may want to make a trip out of it. Here are five hot springs in Sydney you need to visit- arranged from the shortest driving distance to the furthest:
1. Blue Mountains Sparadise
We’re about to tell you something most Sydneysiders probably don’t know about – that you can actually find a slice of Japan and get a taste of Onsen relaxation right here in Sydney!
Blue Mountains Sparadise
is a Japanese-inspired bathhouse, where there are options for indoor and also outdoor hot pools, plus you can always treat yourself with additional services like massages, facials, or warm up with delicious Japanese curry at the teahouse. You can also complete the experience with overnight accommodation here!
They also offer a private buro
( 風呂, pronounced [booro]) meaning bathtub, or home bath if you’d prefer a private space to yourself.
Distance from Sydney – 140km | 2.5 hour drive
Opening hours – Friday 2pm-9pm, Saturday 12pm-9pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
2. Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool
Here’s another we bet most have not heard of – Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool
is a public pool located at Kosciuszko National Park filled with water from a natural hot spring, and remains at a beautiful 27 degrees all year around.
You’ll need to do a short walk from the car park to get there and it is usually secluded and quiet. In winter, it’s magical to float in the warmth and watch steam rise from the water’s surface, as snow blankets the ground around you.
3. Burren Junction Artesian Hot Springs
If you really want to get off the beaten track and looking for something in a bit more of a rural setting, you should check out Burren Junction Artesian Hot Springs
– located right by Kamilaroi Highway on a sealed road.
The baths are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and popular amongst locals as the artesian water flows from the bore maintains a constant temperature of 41.5 degrees and has a great rep for relieving aching muscles. If you want to make a trip out of it – campgrounds are also on site with poolside showers, bbq facilities and filtered water.
4. Moree Artesian Baths
This hot spring in Moree
is perfect for the entire family- the kids can enjoy the waterpark, while you chill out at the Artisan Soak and Sauna Retreat. There’s plenty here to check out – from fitness classes, commercial gym facilities and even an Olympic pool!
5. Lightning Ridge Artesian Bore Baths
You may know Lightning Ridge as the Black Opal capital of the world, but did you know that there’s also a hot spring you can visit in the area?
This article was originally published on Klook by Viv Tan Wei Wen.
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