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Six of the best health and wellness retreats in Australia – for every budget

Self care is fast becoming a popular practice, and thankfully it’s one that’s here to stay.

Boasting benefits such as improving our immunity, increasing positive thinking and making us less susceptible to stress, depression and anxiety, there’s no wonder more people than ever are prioritising themselves and investing in their health, from the inside out.

With the rise of self care we’ve seen an increase in people flocking to health and wellness retreats to recharge their batteries. What may have once been reserved for the rich and famous is no longer the case, with options available for every budget.

“People are increasingly aware that if we don’t look after ourselves, other areas of our lives can suffer. With more of us focused on improving our quality of life and embracing healthy lifestyles, this is trickling into our travel plans and even becoming the focus,” says health and wellness travel specialist, Trinity Scarf.

“The beauty about the rapid growth of this sector is that this also translates to a wider range of budgetary options. We have some world class options in Australia.”

If you’re thinking about taking some time out for you, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites to help narrow your search.

GWINGANNA, QLD.

Quite possibly the epitome of health retreats, Gwinganna has it all.

The schedule each day includes such activities as; meditation, yoga, bush walks and educational talks from leading experts. And the good news is you can participate as little or as much as you like.

If you’d prefer you can take in the beautiful views from your roomswim at one of the two infinity pools or head for a stress relief treatment at their world-class spa during afternoon “Dreamtime”. 

When it comes to food, you’re not going to feel like you’re missing out when it comes to the organic cuisine on offer – everything on your plate will be the freshest of seasonal, local, and organic wholefoods, including produce hand-picked and sourced from the Gwinganna garden.

Be prepared for absolutely no laptops or TV though, and there’s limited phone time – while it’s perfect for some enforced time to switch off, many do find this hard.

 

Pricing: Two nights from $1,045 (all inclusive)

HAPPY BUDDHA RETREATS, WENTWORTH FALLS, NSW.

This may be a budget friendly option but with the relaxed and tranquil bushland setting of the Blue Mountains, the finely-tuned program and hearty vegetarian meals, it certainly won’t feel like it.

Yoga is at the core of the Happy Buddha’s itinerary but even this isn’t compulsory. The program; consisting of mindfulness, meditation and music, allows you to come and go as you please. You can even leave the grounds and check out the local shops if you so choose. Wellness – on your own terms.

 

Pricing: Two day weekend from $499 (all inclusive)

KANGAROO ISLAND HEALTH RETREAT, SA.

This is a boutique retreat experience with a strong focus on detox.

The promise of restorative benefits such as weight loss, improved sleep and circulation, hormone stability, and correction of the digestive system are enough to get most people in, and by all accounts, it delivers.

The  all-inclusive cleansing program is individually tailored and includes nutrition and culinary lessons from the retreat’s owner and nutritionist, Sue McCarthy. People credit Sue with changing their lives, it’s a big call but one that appears synonymous with those who have visited.

 

Pricing: $2,999 for seven days (all inclusive)

GAIA RETREAT AND SPA, BYRON BAY, NSW.

Nestled on 25 acres in Byron Bay’s beautiful hinterland, there’s a reason this this all-inclusive country retreat is internationally renowned.

Gaia, co-founded by wellness warrior Olivia Newton-John, is a retreat that’s all about luxury. From the accommodation to the grounds and experts – everything has been carefully thought out and nothing spared.

Think massages, body treatments, yoga, energetic healing therapies, meditation, saltwater infinity plunge pools, art classes and more.

Influenced by ancient health practices from around the world, you can find specialised treatments such as Intuitive and Aboriginal Sound Healings and Hypnotherapy on offer.  And to top it off, you can wind down at the end of the day with a glass of wine if you so wish – a rarity at a wellness retreat!

 

Pricing: Two nights from $1,200 (all inclusive)

SAMADHI, DAYLESFORD, VIC.

Located in Daylesford –  the peaceful ‘spa country’ of Victoria –  this is a healing retreat with a focus on rejuvenation, relaxation and meditation.

Offering customised programs to suit the individual goals of each guest, you can find retreats for fatigue, women’s health, men’s health, post-illness and trauma, relationship building and personal transformation.

You can find detoxing therapies, nutritional advice, counselling, and meditation on the menu.

 

Pricing: Pricing is tailored individually based on a bespoke package created specifically for each guests requirements; however,  stays range from half-day to nine-night retreats, starting from $550.

BILLABONG RETREAT, NSW.

Just an hour’s drive from Sydney and with an affordable price tag, this yoga and meditation eco-certified bush sanctuary has something for everyone.

Nestled in the bush surrounding a peaceful billabong, the setting of these tree-top cabins is hard to beat. You’ll feel like you’re forever away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but in reality, this gem is just a 45 minute drive from the city.

Offering a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, the different retreat options on offer are all-inclusive including accommodation, organic vegetarian meals, plus a variety of daily activities such as yoga, mindfulness, meditation, workshops and more.

No doubt spending time in the magnesium-infused swimming pool and practising yoga in the stunning glass-walled yoga room will be high on the agenda.

 

Pricing: 2 nights from $600 (all inclusive)

We hope this helps take some of the leg-work out of your quest for some health and wellness time, now that’s done, go forth and get your zen on!

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