The best wellness retreats in Australia

·Lifestyle Reporter
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As Australia starts to return to a new sense of normal after Covid lockdowns, there’s nowhere we’d rather be than a jacuzzi tub in the middle of nowhere.

With Nine Perfect Strangers rekindling our need for a weekend of R&R, it’s time to dust off your travel bags and prepare your inner zen for a weekend of mindfulness and relaxation.

Woman receiving a therapy treatment.
90 per cent of Australians believe taking a holiday is an important contributor to their sense of mental wellbeing. Source: Getty Images

Wellness retreats appear to be the go-to theme for a weekend away. In fact, a recent study conducted by Omnipoll, on behalf of Norwegian Cruise Line, revealed that 90 per cent of Australians believe taking a holiday is an important contributor to their sense of mental wellbeing.

And ahead of the international borders reopening after 18 months, it’s no surprise that Aussies are longing for a care-free holiday, with the chance to rest and unwind after an uncertain year and a half.


But the question is: where too? Here is our list of blissful Aussie wellness retreats perfect for a weekend or day trip of relaxation.

Hale Spa at Brassey Hotel, Canberra, ACT

Nothing quite says relaxation like a day at the spa. From full body treatments to a dip in the plunge pool, Canberra’s Hale Spa at Brassey Hotel is sure to tick all your wellness boxes.

Build your own custom-made spa packages that are crafted to your needs and are sure to leave you feeling well rested. Nothing like a day well-spent with a friend or loved one.

Sit back and relax in the one-of-a-kind Scandi-style lounge with the fireplace gorgeous view of a landscaped courtyard and water feature as you wait for a customised treatment, crafted to your needs.

2 hour spa packages start from $260.

Image of plunge pool at Hale Spa. Source: Hale Health Spa
Immerse yourself in the luxurious plunge pool at Hale Spa. Source: Hale Health Spa

Soma Retreat, Byron Bay, NSW

If you’re anything like us and obsessed with Nine Perfect Strangers then it’s time to take a trip to Byron Bay’s Soma Retreat. Though we should point out it's the priciest of the bunch.

Surrounded by acres of rainforest with endless walking trails, be sure to unwind in the fresh, open air and unique architecture of this magical Airbnb.

And of course, the iconic yoga dome, gorgeous pool and cosy fire pit is available during your stay. So kick back and relax with 10 guest bedrooms, yes you heard correctly, 10!

Prices start from $6,000 per night. Minimum 4 night stay.

Image of swimming pool at Soma Retreat on Airbnb
Gather a group of friends and enjoy the 10 rooms and gorgeous swimming pool at Soma Retreat. Source: Soma Retreat on Airbnb

spaQ, Sydney, NSW

In the heart of Sydney, the spaQ curates packages that are designed to ease guests through their wellbeing journey.

From Hamman steam rooms to energising body wraps, each treatment is designed to ensure your body and mind align and your inner and outer beauty shine.

Treat yourself to a specially curated series of harmonious treatments, all beginning with a euphoria-inducing footbath ritual. Looking for a fresh glow? Looks like you’ve found it!

Prices start from $295 for 120 mins treatment.

Women receiving facial at spaQ.
Enjoy a bespoke experience with spaQ's extensive treatment menu. Source: spaQ

Spicers Sangoma Retreat, Blue Mountains, NSW

With gorgeous views and stunning suites, relax and unwind in the all-inclusive wellness retreat, tucked away in the Blue Mountains.

Feel a home away from home with a locally sourced menu, and plenty of activities to lift your spirits, from guided meditation to hiking tours.

Unwind at the Star Anise spa, offering something a little different in their extensive spa menu. Each treatment embodies the essence of the Australian bushland and the artistry, through restorative massage techniques, leaving you feeling rejuvenated.

Luxury spa day trips begin at $275.

View of sunset at Spicers Sangoma Retreat.
Settle in for the evening in private suit with a breath-taking view at Spicers Sangoma Retreat. Source: Spicers Sangoma Retreat

Silky Oaks Lodge, Mossman, Queensland

Silky Oaks Lodge on-site Healing Waters Spa is set among the rainforest gardens, offering a unique relaxation experience. You can choose to stay overnight or visit for the day and a spot of lunch.

Inspired by ancient beliefs that celebrate the water in Mossman River as a renewing and life-giving force, treat yourself to a detoxifying mineral wrap or sacred stone therapy to unwind and feel the benefits of the earth's ingredients.

Nightly rates start at $480. 2 night minimum stay.

Image of restaurant in the rooftops at Silky Oaks Lodge
Enjoy a spectactular dinner in the rooftops at the Silky Oaks Lodge. Source: Silky Oaks Lodge

Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Unwind in the natural Peninsula Hot Springs. Whether you visit for the day with a picnic or spend a night under the stars, you’ll be sure to feel renewed after a soak in the spring baths.

Bathe like you never had before! Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience with moonlit bathing under the starry evening sky. Take a browse through the variety of packages, for a fun-filled day trip or a well-needed weekend stay.

Bathing bookings start from $30 an hour for 1 adult.

People sat with their feet in the Peninsula Hot Springs
Breathe in the fresh air and soak in the Peninsula Hot Springs. Source: Peninsula Hot Springs

4 Day Yoga & Wellness Glamping Adventure, departing from Perth

Go all out with the glamping adventure of a lifetime!

Escape for 4 days with rest and retreat activities such as stand-up paddle-boarding yoga, sound meditation and Cape to Cape Track with a local healer, just to name a few.

Spoil yourself with a getaway that truly refreshes and rejuvenates as you experience the Margaret River and its beautiful surroundings.

The 4 day trip is priced at $1450.

Image of woman practising yoga on glamping adventure. Source: 4 Day Yoga Retreat, Nullarbor Traveller
Be at one with nature on the 4 Day Yoga & Wellness Glamping Adventure. Source: 4 Day Yoga Retreat, Nullarbor Traveller

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