Introducing our seven seasons
The Seven Seasons of Peninsula Hot Springs is inspired by First Nations people, the world over, where people are connected to a geographic space; the plants, animals and seasonal cycles that guide their annual life cycles. This always solidified knowledge of place and connected the indigenous peoples to country and to the cyclical nature of life.
Here at Peninsula Hot Springs, we celebrate nature and actively seek to regenerate the original vegetation types that preceded the paddocks and bring back the animals that once were common here before colonisation. We want everyone, our staff and guests, to connect to the land we stand on, to understand the subtle differences of the seasonal cycles and bring about awareness of the beauty of the plants, animals and land we share the space with. We mark the change of seasons by recognising ‘flags’ that herald and delineate each change. Each time you visit us, we invite you to immerse yourself in nature and notice the natural beauty of each season.
First moon event in August – August 15 2019
We begin to see vibrant colours emerge as indigenous plants begin to come to life after a long cold period; the yellow of the Hedge and Coast Wattle blossoms, and of course the vivid red of the Running Postie blooms, this season’s iconic flag. Our vocal friends become more active during this season as our days begin with the early morning calls of the Little Wattle birds and conclude with the echoing sounds of the Eastern Banjo frogs at dusk. We see magpies assert dominance and territory across the skies and wind and rain events intensifies.
Blue Tongue lizards
Full moon event next to the Spring equinox – September 15 2019
The days are growing longer and we feel the temperature slowly start to rise with the stir of warm north winds. Blue Tongue lizards emerge from hibernation as this season’s iconic flag, birds sit protectively over their eggs and honey bees begin to swarm as our Coastal Tea Trees, Flax Lilies and Purple Swainson’s Peas all come into flower.
First moon event in early November – November 13 2019
Butterfly season begins with colourful beings beginning to emerge and seem to float through the air as this season’s main flag. We see the flowering of our Kangaroo and Wallaby grasses and Wattle seed pods develop. Little birds emerge from their eggs, cared for by their parents teaching them what they need to know about the new world.
Moon event next to summer solstice – December 12 2019
Our Bursaria and Moonah trees are covered with flowers and many types of insects dance from flower to flower Moths flutter through the air overnight, congregating around the abundant blossom. Seeds of all sorts begin to ripen. Temperatures begin to soar, storm fronts build as clustering cumulonimbus clouds ominously threaten intense summer storms.
Moon event late January – January 25 2020
The big dry hits us in full force as intense heat envelops our bodies. The alkaline sands underneath our feet holds onto little water as grasses become parched and dry. The climate is perfect for our Kakalla fruits as they thrive, feeding feathered friends with mistletoe berries. The smell of bushfire smoke lingers in the air as the days are long and dry.
Calm and sleepy land
Moon event next to March equinox – March 24 2020
The frogs have gone silent and the land becomes calm and sleepy. Days shorten and cool, damp evenings replace lingering sunsets. The male ‘She-Oak’s’ are in full bloom with their golden pollen drooping down at a time when nothing else is in flower. The birds stop calling, the frogs go quiet, the insects seem to disappear, and the mornings are beautifully calm.
Moon event mid-May – May 23 2020
The soils come alive and burst open with the fruiting bodies of the otherwise unseen network of a huge array of mushroom species, our season’s flag. The cool air, dreary mornings and scattered rain doesn’t stop the ringtail possums pairing up to keep warm during the longest of our seven seasons.