The Japanese do it, Nordics and Hungarians do it, the ancient Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Ottomans all did it, too. But in Australia we’ve been a little slower to catch on to the idea of warm bathing for the pleasure of it.
I'm someone who gets reeeeeally cold in winter, and to have access to a hot bath on the regular is a non-negotiable - even outside of winter.
When I came back home from back-to-back tropical winter holidays last winter, it got me thinking. So I did some research... and pitched a story.
The result? I tracked down the best places in Melbourne (or just outside town) dedicated to the art of stripping off and thawing out.