Congratulations To Peninsula Hot Springs

Congratulations to Peninsula Hot Springs on achieving Nature Tourism certification for their Natural Thermal Mineral Spring Baths that offer a great opportunity for guests to enjoy nature and relax.

Officially opened in 2005, Peninsula Hot Springs (PHS) is the first natural hot springs and day spa centre in Victoria, located just 90 minutes from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into more than 30 pools, private baths and other bathing experiences from a geothermal aquifer 637 metres below the surface. Peninsula Hot Springs is a multi-award winning ecotourism attraction that sees more than 440,000 visitors per year. Entering the bathing area is like stepping into another world, a sanctuary where mind and body can relax in the beautiful natural surrounds.

Peninsula Hot Springs focuses on balancing the relationship between business and environment, incorporating sound environmental practices into every facet from initial construction through to daily management. They work towards the ultimate goal of developing an ecotourism facility which is recognised as a world leader in environmentally sound, minimal impact resort management. Well on their way to achieving this goal, they have introduced projects and policies for the protection and re-vegetation if their surrounding indigenous landscape, weed and pest management, protection of potential Aboriginal archaeological sites, waste, water and energy consumption.

Peninsula Hot Springs have also developed a climate change action policy through the engagement of an environmental consultant, which promises to educate guests on relevant environmental issues and climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate their environmental impact, and sourcing local, sustainable produce and engaging sustainable service providers.

To find out more about Peninsula Hot Spring, please visit their website.

Bike It N Hike It achieve Ecotourism certification

Congratulations to Bike It N Hike It for achieving Ecotourism certification for their two-day and multi-day cycling and hiking tours of Victoria’s iconic countryside:

  • Mountain to the Sea (10 days)
  • The Great Southern Land (5 days)
  • The Other Great Southern Land (5 days)
  • The Great Ocean Road &12 Apostles (2 Days)

Based in Melbourne, Bike It N Hike It was borne out of owner, Robert Van Meurs’, love for Victoria’s many hiking and cycling trails, and a hobby of planning cycle trips for friends and social groups. Mr Van Meurs has tailored trips to suit various age groups and levels of fitness, while being sure to incorporate that sense of adventure experienced when immersed in nature.

Itineraries are designed for riders to see the best of what Victoria has to offer.┬áThe bike trails are all off-road, utilising disused railway lines throughout Victoria. Gradients are low and the tracks well maintained, and bikes are available in adult and children’s sizes. All multi-day tours are fully catered, serving up breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner.

Bike It N Hike It are a low impact operation, committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to climate change, and contributing to the conservation objectives of Victoria’s National Parks. Their goal is to educate guests on the Victorian countryside and on how to┬áreduce their impact by developing their appreciation and understanding of our natural environment and cultural heritage, all while creating a positive and memorable experience.

Find out more about Bike It N Hike It here.

See their Green Travel Guide listing here.