We are seeing the revival of bathing as a wellness trend and for so many good reasons. Visiting a communal bathhouse in Australia or hot springs surrounded by nature offers a place to take time out, soak away the aches and pains and calm the mind.
Bathhouses offer a mini-retreat you can fit into your week regularly or an experience to add to your next well-being adventure. Utilising steam rooms, mineral pools, saunas, and fire pits, soaking tubs and spas, along with cold therapies, bath houses are a place for preventative health care. There are bath houses popping up all over Australia but current hot spots are Victoria and Queensland.
Below we share some of the best bathhouse in Australia today – and keep an eye out for more over the coming months. Soak and sweat while you unplug and unwind. Grab your partner, friends, or family and embrace the community!
Aurora Spa & Bathhouse – Sorrento, Victoria
We begin on the Mornington Peninsula at the new Aurora Spa & Bathhouse located in the Continental Sorrento. This subterranean bathhouse offers visitors a refined retreat with an array of curative water therapies, magnesium mineral bathing and immersive contrast therapy in creatively designed contemporary comfort. Merging evidence-based remedies with ancient bathing traditions and a modern twist, Aurora Spa & Bathhouse offers you a complete regenerative wellness destination.
Their therapeutic experiences aim to deliver deeply restorative and high-impact wellness outcomes with meaningful spa rituals, the powerfully regenerative benefits of hot and cold contrast therapy and a team that knows how to help you achieve peak wellness.
A new level of luxury and calm sophistication for year round bathing in comfort and serenity definitely a must try bathhouse in Australia
Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa – Hepburn Springs, Victoria
Also located in regional Victoria, Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa (one of the first bathhouse in Australia) is an historic bath house which has been providing traditional wellness bathing to Australians and international visitors since 1895.
Drawing mineral-rich waters directly from the natural source, Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa is an iconic bath house that reconnects you with an array of mineral wellness experiences including indulgent 100% pure private mineral baths and a selection of specifically designed wellness packages.
Situated in the middle of Australia’s largest concentration of mineral springs, Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa is an essential wellness stop on your travels through the Daylesford countryside.
Sense of Self – Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria
We move out of the Victorian countryside to the hip inner city suburb of Collingwood to visit this modern bathhouse in Australia.
Sense of Self was inspired by co-founder Mary Minas’ ‘bathhouse odyssey’ through Europe, North Africa and Japan where she saw the benefits of traditional bathing for social connection and everyday wellness.
Occupying a double storey converted brick warehouse, Sense of Self bathhouse facilities include a large mineral bath, Finnish sauna, pail shower, cold plunge, a day spa, retail, and plenty of space to take your time.
Sense of Self is a contemporary bathhouse and spa with beautiful design, a big mission, and world-class customer service at its core.
Saint Haven – Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria
Also in Collingwood, Saint Haven is a member only, private wellness club and sanctuary. Expect to feel like you are in Italy, with the interiors inspired by those in Northern Italy’s wellness retreats and bath houses.
It features a bathhouse of hot and cold thermal pools enriched with pure and unpolluted Himalayan rock salts and minerals. Other treatments include vitamin infusions, massages, breathwork, lymphatic compression and red light therapy.
These offerings are complemented by a series of recovery, anti-ageing and biohacking experiences including cryotherapy, infrared saunas, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, IV infusion therapies, vitamin C-infused showers.
Saint Haven is an example of the social wellness club trend, where members can meet, learn and connect with others, with added luxury and personalisation.
Comma – Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria
Also in Melbourne, Comma bathhouse is located in a laneway in the bustling, trendy district of Richmond.A boutique bathhouse, they encourage visitors to bath, sweat, surge with a cold pail shower, and repeat.
The cosy, small size of the bathhouse is also conducive for a speedy but effective retreat for busy city dwellers – pop in to escape for an hour, even on your lunch break!
As you step into Comma, its minimalistic design, a sense of darkness and calmness, invites you to pause and immerse yourself in ‘The Art of Bathing.’
As we move North, one hot spot in Australia for bath house experiences is Northern NSW and Queensland.
The Banya – Mullimbymbi, NSW
Built upon the sun-baked bricks of a 1920’s bank in the heart of Mullumbimby, The Banya is a modern experiential twist on a traditional European bathhouse.
The Bathhouse features a marble tiled lap pool, two hot mineral pools, a wood-fired sauna, a steam room and a cold plunge. There are also 5 massage treatment rooms and a rooftop sundeck for post-treatment relaxation.
To enhance the bathhouse experience, you are encouraged to stay for a long lunch or enjoy a few drinks with friends at their on-site bar and dining area focused on casual refinement with small share plates and nutritious staples.
The Banya is an immersive social, bathing and dining experience not to be missed!
Soak – Brisbane & Gold Coast, Queensland
SOAK offers an urban bathhouse experience in the heart of the Gold Coast and now in central Brisbane on a rooftop!
Move between open-air hot spas, communal mineral baths, cold plunge, steam room and sauna, or unwind with one of their signature treatments developed to target specific concerns.
SOAK bathhouse offers a modern, welcoming environment, with a focus on making wellness accessible to the locals offering tiered memberships to suit all budgets and encouraging people to look after their body and mind regularly.
Be sure to visit a SOAK bathhouse on your travels through Queensland!
Tank Riveria Bathhouse – Mooloolaba, Queensland
Tank Riveria Bathhouseis a day club, waterfront restaurant and bar, river cruise, bathhouse and day spa all wrapped into one! The have six concept tank baths, five with different temperatures (and enticing aromas like peppermint and lavender) and one cold plunge pool.
Visit the bathhouse (or become a member) for total relaxation and all the therapeutic benefits offered by bathing in their tanks and steam rooms, or choose a package that offers unique entertainment options including a degustation meal, spa treatments or even a cruise on the river.
This luxe bathhouse offering lends itself to a special day with a loved one or group for a special occasion -and we can’t wait to see the next Tank opening in Bli Bli – coming soon!
On the horizon…
Set to open very soon, Olympia Bath House looks to be Australia’s largest bathhouse. Located in the luxury St. Germain tower in Toorak, Olympia will span over 1,000 square meters. Described as an urban wellness playground, it will showcase 14 bathing experiences inspired by traditional wellness practices from all corners of the world, 15 restorative spa treatments and 7 variations of movement and meditation classes for guests. Visit their website to be the first to hear about their opening!
Heading to the Gold Coast?
We share three bath house options to enjoy HERE.
Want to enjoy bathing in Mother Nature?
Discover hot springs across Australia HERE.