Hepburn Mineral Springs
Mineral springs have been around since the Roman times. They drank it and bathed in it and realised it had special properties. In the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs region it was first used by indigenous Australians who also knew it was 'special healing water'.
Captain Hepburn was one of the first European persons to discover the mineral water in the 1830s and he had several springs on his property. The first he discovered he named the 'Pavilion Spring' which is now in the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve with several other springs, just a short walk from the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa.
In the late 1800s people travelled long distances to drink and also bathe in the spring water. The original Hepburn Bathhouse was built with two baths and was so busy they soon had four baths. The word spread like 'wild fire' that the mineral water could cure almost anything, especially skin conditions.
It is almost 200 years since Captain Hepburn first discovered the 'springs' and they are still there for anyone to drink and bottle whenever they like. The most popular and easy ones to access have taps and have been decorated for visitors with information signs, paving and stone walls.
The Hepburn Bathhouse has come along way since the original timber building with a few baths built in the late 1800s. Since then the bathhouse has been renovated in the 1920s, 1980s, 1990s and the most recent 'state of the art' renovation in 2008 with an extention in the Sanctuary in 2016. It is now called the 'Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa', a visit will have you relaxed, pampered and rejuvenated in an amazing bush setting.
At Hepburn Springs there are several 'springs' at the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve which is where the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa is. The springs there are called the Wyuna Spring, Sulphur Spring, Soda Spring, Pavilion Spring and the Locarno Spring.