One of the biggest and most ambitious projects in Victoria’s wellness scene – the $120 million Metung Hot Springs in the state’s east – is edging closer to completion.

The 12-hectare site, with hundreds of metres of Gippsland Lakes frontage, is slated to open in late spring. But East Gippsland Winter Festival attendees (this writer included) were able to get a glimpse of the impressive development.

While construction has dragged out due to supply issues, the layout is slowly becoming clearer. And being four hours from the city, a focus on weekenders makes sense.

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There are 10 luxurious lagoon-side, safari-style tents – each with a king-size four-poster bed and private ensuite. They also contain private bathing barrels, meaning you’ll be able to soak in solitude around the clock. Several of the tents back onto a lagoon that flows into Lake King, providing a view of the terraced amphitheatre that’ll sit near the front of the site and is set to host live music, movies and other entertainment.

A vast array of bathing and relaxation experiences will be offered at Metung – on a hilltop escarpment – to both guests staying on-site and those visiting for the day. That includes geothermal pools (of varied depths) and bathing barrels, a reflexology walk, and elevated massage tents overlooking the water. Plus, for the brave, Fire and Ice therapy: an icy cold-plunge tub located right next to a steaming hot Scandinavian sauna.

There are also plans for a floating sauna on the lagoon, not far from where the safari tents are, and a variety of peaceful bushland walks to complete the nature immersion.

The original Metung Hot Springs closed in the early ’90s but its mammoth development is a joint project between East Gippsland tourism operators Rachel and Adrian Bromage, and the team behind the extraordinarily popular Peninsula Hot Springs in Fingal. An initial 100 daily bathers are expected at Metung compared to Peninsula, where as many as 2000 people might visit on any given day.

Metung Hot Springs is slated to open in spring.

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