10 Australian Wellness Escapes

Need to recover from silly season overindulgence?

Despite its reputation as a time for giving and catching up with loved ones, the Christmas season can also be a time of stress and overindulgence. Start the new year relaxed and refreshed at one of Australia’s growing number of health and wellness retreats.


Gold Coast, Queensland
Named Eco Spa of the Year at the prestigious Asia Spa Awards, this ecotourism-certified retreat combines organic living, spa, movement and relaxation with organic cuisine and wellness seminars in a low-tech environment. 

Sanctuary Retreat

Mission Beach, Queensland
Sanctuary Retreat is an affordable eco-lodge for the physically active, with 50 acres of rainforest to explore, a private beach and purpose-built yoga facilities.

Beach yoga at sunrise

Billabong Retreat

Maraylya, New South Wales
Located just 45 minutes from Sydney, Billabong Retreat boasts organic whole food cuisine, an incredible nature setting and resort-style swimming pool. The eco-friendly lodge specialises in various retreats including transformative yoga, health, mindfulness and meditation.

Samadhi Health and Wellness Retreat & Spa 

Daylesford, Victoria
Samadhi is for those interested in an experience combining spirituality, health and wellbeing with delicious cuisine, luxurious home comforts and rejuvenating spa treatments. The popular LifeShaping program helps you make lasting changes in your life by combining seminars and workshops with therapies, nutrition, yoga and meditation.

Waldheim Alpine Spa

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
The Waldheim Alpine Spa at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is designed to reflect the pristine beauty of the Tasmanian wilderness. Offering a steam room, sauna, large hot-tub and cool plunge pool, as well as a relaxation lounge, Waldheim is ideal for those seeking complete relaxation.

Prema Shanti 

Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Situated in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, Prema Shanti runs yoga and meditation classes seven days a week, all year round. Designed for both beginners and experienced yogis, the eco-friendly retreat also offers Indian-influenced spa treatments including facials, Indian head massages, ear candling and detox packages.

Byron Yoga Retreat Centre 

Byron Bay, New South Wales
An easy walk from Byron Bay’s town centre and iconic beaches, the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre is an ashram-style eco-resort focusing relaxation and reflection. With rainwater tanks, compost toilets and a vegetarian menu sourced form an on-site organic garden, the retreat is suited to travellers serious about minimising their impact on the environment or strengthening their yoga practice.

Mountain Seas Retreat

Flinders Island, Tasmania
With a focus on the arts, the aptly-named Mountain Seas Retreat enables guests to make the most of the rugged Strzelecki National Park and Trousers Bay. The purpose-built Art Centre is equipped with ceramic wheels, electric and woodfired kilns, hand-building tables, as well as space for acrylic painting, watercolours and other visual mediums.

Woman relaxing by a pool

Gaia Retreat and Spa 

Brooklet, New South Wales
Named 2018 Global Hotel of the Year, Gaia Retreat and Spa offers individually-tailored programs for relaxation, detox, weight-loss, health, fitness and general wellbeing. Co-owned by Oliva Newton-John, the retreat prides itself on scenic beauty, natural design and a core philosophy of personal choice – you may even get to meet Olivia.

Injidup Spa Retreat

Yallingup, Western Australia
Situated on a secluded beach in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, Injidup features luxurious adult-only villas, each with a private plunge pool and ocean views. The stylish coastal hideaways are self-contained with the option of gourmet meals delivered each day.

Contact RACQ Travel on 1300 096 166 to plan your Wellness Escape.