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Zen Out At Australia’s Best Wellness Retreats

By Olivia Arezzolo
4th Sep 2019

Australia's best health retreats

There are times in life when you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and treat your mind and body to a little TLC. Sure, you could head to some far fung, exotic destination, but why would you when Australia has so many beautiful places you can check out and restore your soul?

Here is where to find the best wellness retreats in Australia.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa | New South Wales

Settled amid the dusky seclusion of the Blue Mountains, the Wolgan Valley Spa is a tranquil forest gem. Overlooking majestic valley views, guests can enjoy their chosen pamper in one of six double-treatment rooms, complete with its own Japanese-style soaking tub, and then retreat to the cosy fireplaces and private pools of one of Wolgan’s freestanding suites.  

Kangaroo Island Health Retreat | South Australia

A pioneer in the space, the 35+ year expertise of owner Sue McCarthy allows you to sift through unnecessary glitz and glamour and bring you what you really need to reunite with your soul. Kangaroo Island Health Retreat features unspoiled wilderness, secluded beaches and simplistic and six-people only eco-friendly dwellings. There’s also organic cuisine, 20km walks through rustic bushland and mindful eating. The seven-day ‘dynamic detox’ is geared towards those ready to disconnect from unhealthy habits, adopt new ones and prepared to do ‘the work’. Mind you, that’s between daily saunas, massages and yoga sessions.

Gaia Retreat & Day Spa | New South Wales

Surrender yourself to the beauty and healing cultures of internationally renowned Gaia Retreat & Day Spa. Nestled on 25 acres in the breathtaking Byron Bay hinterland, this all-inclusive resort is full of well-tended gardens, forest and orchards. Each day you have the choice to rediscover peace of mind with restorative morning yoga along with two or more daily activities on offer. From fitness and boxing, to meditation and clay sculpture, there is sure to be something perfect for you.

Gwinganna Health Retreat | Queensland

Dubbed the Rolls Royce of health retreats, boost your energy levels with a seven-day detox at Gwinganna Health Retreat. Perched on the side of the mountain at Tallebudgera, Gwinganna features organic cuisine, two infinity-edge swimming pools, luxury villas and the largest and best spa in the Southern Hemisphere. The best news? Absolutely no televisions or computers, so it's the perfect place to switch off, literally! Plus, Hugh Jackman is one of the owners so there's a chance you'll spot Wolverine working out in the gym.

Southern Ocean Lodge | South Australia

They say the longer the driveway, the more spectacular the house…well that’s certainly the case when it comes to Kangaroo Island’s Southern Ocean Lodge. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge boasts 21 luxurious suites with panoramic views of boundless coastal wilderness and the great Southern Ocean. Each suite features lavish sleeping areas, sunken lounge and glass-surround ensuite. The Southern Spa features signature treatments with Kangaroo Island botanicals designed to relax and rejuvenate.

Harmony Hill Health Retreat | Tasmania 

Developed by Japanese energy healer Ami Nakamura, if you’re seeking holistic healing, Ayurvedic therapies, organic amenities and two daily signature spa therapies, Harmony’s five-day retreat is for you. Surrounded by the picturesque Tasma-nian countryside, unwind from daily stresses with yoga, meditation, infrared sau-nas, reflexology and spiritual healing practices. And if that’s not enough, knowing after a long day of treatments that your spa is awaiting you in your private cottage is the icing on the detox cake.

Golden Door | New South Wales

If the views of Hunter Valley vineyards, Brokenback mountain range and crisp country air didn’t get you, maybe the sunrise Tai Chi Qi Gong will. Ideal for those seeking a healthier lifestyle, daily activities at Golden Door range from personal training sessions, expert lead wellness seminars and of course, a daily treatment in their Spa Elysia. Be sure to experience their signature Watsu treatment, a therapist guided session of stretching in a private pool, enabling movements not otherwise feasible. And the food? Believing that ‘food is one of life’s greatest pleasures’, trust that your taste-buds will be tantalised by nutrient-rich whole foods, free from red meat and sugar. 

Saffire Freycinet | Tasmania

A coastal sanctuary on the east coast of Tasmania, everything at Saffire Freycinet, is aimed at improving your wellbeing. Just two and a half hours' scenic drive from Hobart, the spa is discreetly positioned overlooking the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay. Saffire Freycinet celebrates wellbeing, internal and external, with 20 luxurious suites, an exclusive day spa, restaurant, lounge and bar. Soothe your mind and refresh your soul with a luxurious treatment in one of Spa Saffire’s three retreat rooms overlooking the inspiring landscape and reflective pools.

Injidup Spa Retreat | Western Australia

The vision of the sparkling Indian Ocean, your private plunge pool or the fact that you can sip a local Margaret River vino whilst watching the dreamy sunset from the edge of your secluded villa—any single one of these factors is restorative, let alone all three. Perfect for those needing a weekend of pampering, enjoy Injidup's welcome breakfast hamper and Bodhi J's enlivening spa treatments, such as the ‘retreat’: a hydrotherapy spa bath with champagne, fruit, chocolate and a relaxing massage. 

Samadhi | Victoria 

Segregating you from modern-day stresses and encouraging you to find peace within, Samadhi’s oriental styling, Feng Shui design and Buddha statues (taken from the Forbidden City in China, no less) will transport you to another dimension. A testament to its Eastern philosophy roots, Samadhi champions mindfulness and meditation as the path forward, presented in a range of formats unknown to the modern-day city slicker: such as reiki, sound healing, art therapy and guided visualisations. Here you can focus on overcoming burnout, chronic fatigue, detoxification, reconnecting with your inner essence and even healing intimate relation-ships—retreats are completely tailored to you. The best part? As it caters to single groups at a time, the attention you need (and deserve) is saved for you and you only.

Want more luxe retreat vibes? Check out the top wellness spots in New Zealand.

Image Credit: Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Saffire Freycinet, Southern Ocean Lodge, Gaia Retreat

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