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Jen Hansen’s Favourite Spots For Relaxation In Regional Victoria

By Rebecca O'Malley June 7, 2019

In partnership with Visit Victoria, Jen Hansen takes us on a journey to her happy space.  

These days, I struggle to find the time to give myself a well-earned dose of TLC. As much as I love getting up to present the Smooth More Music Breakfast Show, the early starts can take a toll on my energy levels (especially during the cold, winter months). 

That's why I really welcome any opportunity to switch off. Take me away to a regional spa or wellness retreat and I’m in seventh heaven.

Let me show you my happy space. We’re surrounded by so many beautiful spots for relaxation in Victoria. Let’s say goodbye to bustling city life and HELLO to feeling happy, healthy and fabulous. 

The Peninsula Hot Springs are an easy 90 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD... although you couldn’t feel further from the city. The space houses more than 20 globally inspired bathing and relaxation experiences to suit all needs. Step into the lush geothermal mineral springs and sit back as your stress washes away.

Don’t just take my word for it. The Peninsula Hot Springs have won the World’s Best Mineral Spa awards in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Time for a visit, don’t you think? 

When I'm down in Mornington, I always try to stop off at the Green Olive for a bite to eat. The menu is packed with yummy local produce, jammed into a tasty tapas and wine offering. If I'm feeling like a couple more treats, it's straight to St Andrew's Brewery to sample the local craft beers. The brewery is housed in what used to be a horse training facility and the vibes are just electric.

Green Olive, Mornington

Then it's time to walk off the indulgences with a stroll along Cape Schanck (pictured at the top). Seriously, the views are stunning and the air is so fresh!

If you want to go in a different direction, head west of Melbourne and get ready for some serious restoration along the Great Ocean Road. This is Mother Nature at her best.

Look out upon Victoria’s stunning coastline and breathe in the fresh air from the clifftops, then check into a wellness spa and retreat to experience a deeper level of calm. 

My recommendations are the Deep Blue Bath House in Warrnambool or the One Spa RACV resort in Torquay.

Peckish? Be sure to stop by MoVida Lorne, sister restaurant to the iconic Melbourne flagship. The menu showcases the best of local produce and draws inspiration from traditional Spanish flavours and techniques. YUM. 

MoVida, Lorne

When I spend the weekend in Daylesford, my morning isn't complete without a scone from the Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm. After breakfast, I'll drive down to Hepburn Springs for a touch of retail therapy. I just love Portal 108, it's a cute little store which is packed with gorgeous homewares and clothes. 

As far as I'm concerned, the Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa & Wellness Retreat in Hepburn Springs really captures the essence of ancient Japanese ryokan inns. Tranquil and serene, genuine and warm: this is where I go for renewal of mind, body and spirit. I walk in, take off my shoes and leave my worries at the door. This is my happy space.

Find your happy space in regional Victoria. Visit yourhappyspace.com.au for more travel inspiration.