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Australia’s 5 Best Health and Wellness Retreats to Unwind At in 2022

5 Best Health and Wellness Retreats to Unwind At in 2022. Photographed by Alena Ozerova. Image via Shutterstock.

Zen out and take a well deserved break at Australia’s top wellness retreats!

We’re firm believers in the value of a good break. After months of working hard, long days and not enough sleep, sometimes 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.

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.

From yoga to meditation, these rural escapes will bring you the peace of mind you need. If you’re wondering which health retreat to choose, unwind and take your pick from our list of the five best health and wellness retreats in Australia for 2022:

Vipassana Meditation Centre
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Vipassana Meditation Centre

Vipassana Meditation Centre is a practice which aims to achieve peace of mind and an overall fulfilment and happy life. At this wellness retreat in Queensland you can attend a 10-day course, guided by a teacher, to help you practice the art of Vipassana meditation free from the distractions of everyday life. Held in the Dhamma Rasmi Centre – whose name means ray of light or sunshine – which is surrounded by an abundance of nature on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Regular meditation and guidance is provided each day and breathing and calming techniques are focused on to improve Vipassana practice.

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35 Rules Rd, Pomona, QLD 4568

Gaia Retreat & Spa
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Gaia Retreat & Spa

If you’re looking for New South Wales best health and wellness retreats, Gaia Retreat & Spa, located in the hinterland of Byron Bay, offers award-winning and state-of-the-art facilities and pampering treatments. Featuring a salt-water 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.

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933 Fernleigh Rd, Brooklet, NSW 2479
Harmony Hill Health Spa Retreat
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Harmony Hill Health Spa Retreat

Tasmania is taking the country by storm with it’s incredible landscape and internationally renowned art galleries. But, to no surprise, they are also home to one of Australia’s best health and wellness retreats, 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 on offer.

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210 Old Bernies Rd, Margate, TAS 7054
Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
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Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

With 10 luxury villas to choose from, Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa is an indulgent and historic health retreat, 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 celsius. As well as that, this wellness retreat offers spa treatments including steam and water therapies. Our top pick if you need to zen out; book in for a day, or truly take the time to unwind with a weekend-long romantic or sanctuary retreat.

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Mineral Springs Reserve Rd, Hepburn Springs, VIC 3461
Empire Spa Retreat
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Empire Spa Retreat

Secluded 250-kilometres south of Perth is the decadent Empire Spa Retreat – one of the best wellness retreats in Australia – 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 as well as yourself.

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1958 Caves Rd, Yallingup, WA 6281

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We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Feature Image:  Alena Ozerova via Shutterstock.
This article was first published on 21 June 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on 14 January 2022.
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