Australia's Best Health and Wellness Retreats

The Hunter Valley Australian landscape, the perfect location for respite and relaxation
The Hunter Valley Australian landscape, the perfect location for respite and relaxation | © Kajadyta / Alamy Stock Photo
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17 December 2020

If you’re looking to escape your hectic life, then retreat to one of these health and wellness havens. Immerse yourself within a world of tranquillity and find inner peace through restorative treatments, wellness seminars and purifying mineral waters. At these five wellness retreats, you can soothe the soul amid spectacular Australian scenery.

Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa

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Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, Hepburn Springs
Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, Hepburn Springs | Courtesy Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa.
Submerge yourself within the restorative mineral waters at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, which has lured visitors since 1895. The sanctuary includes two communal mineral pools rich in potassium and magnesium, providing an enhanced sense of wellbeing, as well as a creekside spa, an aroma steam room and a Moroccan-style Hammam experience. For prolonged relaxation, stay at one of the retreat’s 10 five-star villas, which overlook the native bushland.
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Gaia Retreat & Spa

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Gaia Retreat & Spa, Brooklet
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Poised on Byron Bay’s hinterland, the internationally renowned Gaia Retreat & Spa redefines bespoke luxury. Co-owned by Olivia Newton John, Gaia’s seductive tropical surrounds instantly alleviate stress and feature a tranquil day spa, salt water pool, naturopathic clinic and viha fitness centre, as well as a Samoan-style kukura house where guests convene in their spare time. Gaia also has a range of packages curated for optimum nourishment of the body and soul. The holistic retreat is complemented by a selection of spacious suites and villas.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

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Fostering relaxation, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat encourages guests to listen to their bodies and restore balance. Located on the stunning Gold Coast hinterland, a typical day at Gwinganna begins with qi gong at dawn, followed by bush walking on one of the property’s 16 trails, yoga, equine therapy, fitness classes and engaging wellness seminars. The afternoon is designated to “dreamtime” where you can nap, wade into the pool, or pamper yourself with a nurturing treatment at the spa sanctuary. The retreat, which is co-owned by Hugh Jackman, has a range of packages on offers tailored to soothe the soul.

Elysia Wellness Retreat

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Elysia Wellness Retreat offers three indoor yoga and meditation studios, as well as a meditation hill | © Léonard Cotte / Unsplash
Discover serenity in the breathtaking Hunter Valley at Elysia Wellness Retreat, a luxury health resort dedicated to holistic enrichment. This Australian day spa offers over 50 therapies and treatments, featuring spa baths, private sun gardens, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, a fully-equipped gym, a peaceful library and a wellness centre. Elysia Wellness Retreat also offers wellbeing workshops and seminars enabling you to leave the resort with a fresh mindset. Located two and half hours from Sydney, the property boasts one, two- or three-bedroom private suites which open to sweeping views of the Broken Back Range.

Harmony Hill Wellness and Organic Spa Retreat

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Harmony Hill Health Spa Retreat, Margate
Harmony Hill Health Spa Retreat, Margate | Courtesy Harmony Hill Wellness and Organic Spa Retreat
Nestled within a 17 hectare bush setting, Harmony Hill Wellness and Organic Spa Retreat specialises in holistic healing and Ayurvedic therapies. The eco-friendly spa offers a five-night package featuring a revitalising organic facial, yoga and meditation, chakra healing and reflexology. Eight-night weight-loss packages are also available. Dedicated to restoring your body inside and out, Harmony Hill will keep you well fed with a detoxifying vegetarian menu, and at the end of the day you can settle into one of their eco-cottages.
These recommendations were updated on December 17, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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