GREY NOMADS: Follow the spa trail and relax
LUXURIATE your way across Australia as you enjoy relaxing, recuperating or repairing your tired body in mineral and artesian baths.
Spa Trekking is the latest travel fad that really should have taken off a long time ago.
Imagine arriving into town, loaded down with travel aches and pains, and being able to slide into a natural experience that will probably have you purring with relief by the end of a session.
Whether it's the soothing minerals or the outback surrounds that draws people in, hot springs and mineral baths seem to be the ultimate source of relaxation.
Geothermal and natural mineral waters are believed to have effective physical and mental benefits.
They are used in many locations around the world for therapeutic reasons as users enjoy the natural healing process of soaking in a pure experience which contains various concentrations of minerals.
Visiting these spas is becoming a popular tourist activity for people wanting authentic health and lifestyle experiences based around geothermal and natural mineral water resources and which may include such services as saunas, mud baths, hydrotherapy and massage.
Armed with Steve Lambert's Great Thermal Way, grey nomads can spend their travel time moving from one spa to another; such as -
- Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs in Tasmania,
- Francois Peron National Park Homestead near Monkey Mia, West Australia, and
- El Questro in Kununurra in the heart of the Kimberleys,
- Innot Hot Springs in Queensland's Atherton Tablelands,
- Peninsular Hot Springs on Mornington Peninsular in Victoria,
- NSW's Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre, Hot Springs Pools & Units, and Gwydir Carapark Motel & Thermal Pools,
- North of Moree at Boomi's Co-Op Hot Artesian Spa Pool & Caravan Park,
- Lightning Ridge's Bore Baths.
"There are 50 currently identified hot springs, bore baths and natural springs in Australia," Mr Lambert writes.
"They are detailed in this revised new edition which also includes updated and new material.
"This includes information pertaining to the early pioneers and the drilling methods they used to tap this great resource."
Mr Lambert's book is available online through www.greatthermalway.com