Not all Hanmer Springs attractions and activities can be done in two days but you can still achieve a lot in that time. There’s also a good choice of accommodation
Hanmer Springs attractions and activities – Accommodation
Not all our international travellers want to pay $500 plus per night so we think the Settlers Motel in Hanmer Springs is an affordable accommodation option. The units are scrupulously clean and the interiors have interesting architecture. It’s also reassuring to have the owners on-site. Alan and Sally have the local knowledge and we trust their recommendations. On arrival, Alan escorts each guest to their unit – a nice touch.
Although centrally located, the Settlers motels are just enough out of the township ‘hub’ to ensure a quiet night’s sleep. The units upstairs have their own balconies and the large skylight window in the bedrooms gives a view of the trees by day and romantic stargazing at night!
Hanmer Springs attractions and activities – Forest Walks Mountain Biking
The forest walks around Hanmer are beautiful and close to most of the accommodations. The wide tracks make it very attractive for walks and bike rides. The forest is home to imported Birch, Oaks, Cypress and Californian Pine trees. How gorgeous is this folks!
The mountain-bike tracks around here are well defined and differently graded, to suit all fitness levels. This had a long walk this morning breathing in pure Alpine air was invigorating. The bellbirds provide nature’s sweet music.
Hanmer Springs attractions and activities – cafes and restaurants
If you’re a visitor, finding a good café with great coffee, can be a bit of a hit and miss affair. Alan recommended the Powerhouse Café and we’ll be eternally grateful to him:
The coffee is hot and flavoursome, the cabinet’s full of beautiful artisan baking and there’s plenty of gluten-free options for me. I had the Coconut and Lemon Slice – so buttery with a fresh tangy lemon taste.
Hanmer Springs attractions and activities – Hot pools and spa
The Hanmer Springs Hot Pools is a big hit with visitors but we’ll be splashing out in a different way at The Spa at Hanmer Springs. Choose a spa treat, make a booking and sign in for relaxation.
The spa experience is not about resolving complex muscular problems. That sort of treatment requires a specialist massage therapist either at a sports clinic or private Massage clinic. This spa provides a variety of quality luxurious body treatments where you’ll be pampered and treated like Kings and Queens. Meet the ‘Royal Couple’:
I can totally recommend the Alpine Aqua Body Experience. It involves being scrubbed with a brown sugar solution mixed with lavender and other nourishing oils. Initially, its mildly uncomfortable but your body soon adjusts adjusts. After a quick shower its back on the table for a blissful massage with a hydrating body butter rub. Afterwards, your skin feels oh so soft. The staff are very respectful and whisk the towels around with great skill. Afterwards, I felt like a new woman! Later, to round off the day, we dined at Restaurant 31.
Sometimes travelling and working on the road has it’s challenges . We’re out for a good part of the day either on tours or meeting operators. And we often work on our business until very late at night. When it’s time to relax, we really appreciate quality food and good service from wait staff. Restaurant 31 is Hanmer’s pride and joy. Time to put the cellphone away Michael!
The chef at Restaurant 31 is known from his days at The Old Post Office Restaurant. His reputation is solid but his wait staff also deserve the accolades. When our dessert arrived late, the staff apologised profusely and offered complimentary tea and coffees. Speaking of dessert…
I awoke this morning to snow on the mountains and hills – the weather’s turned crazy. But this beautiful little Alpine town looks good in any weather and the greens of the forest really ‘pop’ when it’s wet. It’s magic when you’re sitting in the hot pools with gentle snow flakes floating around you. Only 2 days here, so much more to experience, but what a great taster – another lovely memory to store away.