The township is home to the famous Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, which attracts hundreds of thousands of international and local visitors to its natural therapeutic waters every year.
The village is also home to dozens of world class spa offerings from massages to skin care, mud baths and aqua therapy. There’s no shortage of incredible treatments to indulge and unwind.
But the beauty of Hanmer Springs is that on top of its spa reputation, it is also home to a thriving adventure industry with something to throw anyone’s hair back, if only just a little.
Bungy jumping, jet boating and quad bike tours are popular choices, but for those after unparalleled variety, you can’t go past Hanmer Trails.
The expansive network of bike and walking trails nestled throughout the forest and woodlands behind the village offer something for everyone, from elementary to epic.
Perched on the top of the village’s most famous natural landmark, Conical Hill, is the start of the expert grade Eagles Nest. Those who venture to the top are rewarded with stunning 360-degree views of the entire Hanmer Basin and the surrounding mountains. The trail then descends along the ridge before rushing through the forest over an obstacle course of ramps and rock outcrops for a genuinely white-knuckle ride to get the adrenaline pumping through your veins.
Or try the Big Foot, which earns its name winding up through the Hanmer Forest for a hearty climb to test your fitness level. That soon fades away as you start the iconic descent, with fast railing sections and gravity fed compressions, it’s a firm favourite for many experienced riders.
For those inclined for the more sedate, there are numerous beginner and family friendly trails to practice your skills.
The Easy Rider has provided the first step to a life-long enjoyment of mountain biking for many, both young and old, and winds through the historical heritage forest. This trail is absolutely a must do, and adds an historical touch with trees dating back to the early 1900’s
Or there’s Alligator Alley, which despite the name, is a mainly flat track, and a great ride for young kids.
If biking’s not your thing, you’ll find several enjoyable walks alongside the mountain bike tracks which are well marked. The iconic Dog Stream Waterfall walk is a moderate but beautiful woodland walk through pine and native bush, which finishes at the recognisable waterfall, the background of many social media photographs.
After a day seeking thrills or simply exploring the village backcountry, there’s no better way to reward yourself than with another dip in the famous mineral-rich waters of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.
So next time you pay Hanmer Springs a visit, don’t leave until you experience the beauty and excitement of Hanmer Trails. You won’t regret it.
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