Zen out and take a well-deserved break at these luxury health and wellness retreats in Australia!

We’re firm believers in the value of a good break. After months of working hard, long days and not enough sleep, a weekend of napping just isn’t enough. Sometimes a rejuvenating escape where wellness and a healthy dose of mindfulness is just what the doctor ordered.

From yoga to meditation, these rural escapes will bring you the peace of mind that you need. If you’re wondering which health retreat to choose, get ready to zen out as you take your pick from our list of the best wellness retreats in Australia of 2023. Each one will help you unwind from the stress and tension in your daily life in a truly relaxing retreat as we head into the new year.

Is a wellness retreat right for me?

Every wellness retreat is different – but at most you can expect to enjoy healthy food, mindfulness, meditation and an escape to nature. A wellness retreat might suit you if you want to take the time to escape from the busyness of everyday life and return back to the basics. For some people, it can be a good way to combat stress.

<strong>Empire Spa Retreat</strong>
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Empire Spa Retreat

Secluded 250-kilometres south of Perth is the decadent Empire Spa Retreat – one of Australia’s best health and wellness retreats – suited for those who are looking for a rejuvenating escape without losing those creature comforts. Their on-site spa is built to prioritise privacy and peace, looking out into the surrounding bushland. Lose yourself in their philosophy of solitude, renewal and rejuvenation by staying in one of their luxurious private suites. And, for those who are looking for something a little more indulgent to zen out or unwind at, Empire Spa Retreat also boasts a tranquil winery so you can treat your tastebuds too!

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1958 Caves Rd, Yallingup, WA 6281

<strong>Gaia Retreat & Spa</strong>
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Gaia Retreat & Spa

If you’re looking for a wellness retreat in New South Wales, Gaia Retreat & Spa, located in the hinterland of Byron Bay, offers award-winning and state-of-the-art facilities and pampering treatments. Featuring a saltwater pool, a spa and a sauna, guests will be able to restore their body in between yoga classes and gourmet meals all housed onsite. Here you’ll also be able to greet other guests in their main dining and relaxation facilities. Better yet, Gaia Retreat boasts an eco-friendly ethic, sourcing produce and material from local, environmentally conscious businesses. Only a 30-minute drive from Byron Bay, pack your bags for a weekend escape at Gaia Retreat & Spa.

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933 Fernleigh Rd, Brooklet, NSW 2479
<strong>Harmony Hill</strong>
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Harmony Hill

Tasmania is taking the country by storm with its incredible landscape and internationally renowned art galleries. But, to no surprise, they are also home to one of the best wellness retreats in Australia, Harmony Hill Health Spa Retreat. Join one of their multi-day detox retreats, participate in yoga classes and cleanse your mind, body and soul with one of their nourishing detox meals prepared onsite. Thanks to their incredible facilities and staff members, guests – whether single or as a couple – will be able to take in all the natural healing Tasmania has to offer thanks to their variety of packages.

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210 Old Bernies Rd, Margate, TAS 7054
<strong>Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa</strong>
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Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

With 10 luxury villas to choose from, Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa is an indulgent and historic health retreat in Victoria, providing traditional wellness experiences since 1895. Perfect for a rejuvenating escape, Hepburn boasts mineral rich waters which come straight from the nearby natural source, available to bathers and heated at up to 36 degrees. This extraordinary wellness sanctuary also offers spa treatments including steam and water therapies. One of the best wellness retreats in Victoria; book in for a day, or truly take the time to unwind with a romantic weekend getaway retreat.

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Mineral Springs Reserve Rd, Hepburn Springs, VIC 3461
<strong>Japanese Mountain Retreat</strong>
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Japanese Mountain Retreat

Looking for the ultimate girls weekend away? Or a romantic getaway destination not too far from Melbourne’s CBD? Then search no more as we have found a wellness retreat in Victoria that has also one of the best hot springs in the state. Welcome to Japanese Mountain Retreat. This adults only luxurious resort has everything you could ever need. First and foremost, they are located on five acres which is the home ground to their private mineral bathing and spa experiences. On top of that, here you will also find a fine dining restaurant which follows a paddock to plate practice as well as their luxury Japanese style accommodation.

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14 Mountain Crescent, Montrose, VIC 3765
<strong>Vipassana Meditation Centre</strong>
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Vipassana Meditation Centre

Vipassana Meditation Centre is a practice which aims to achieve peace of mind and an overall fulfilling, happy life. This wellness retreat in Queensland offers a 10-day course, guided by a medication master to help you practice the art of Vipassana meditation free from the distractions of everyday life. Held in the Dhamma Rasmi Centre, this sensational wellness retreat is surrounded by the abundant nature on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Regular meditation and guidance is provided each day, with breathing and calming techniques focused on improving your Vipassana practice. So de-stress and re-balance your mind at Vipassana Mediation Centre!

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35 Rules Rd, Pomona, QLD 4568

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This article was first published on 21 June 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on May 24 2023.