Have you ever been on a holiday, where you’ve ended up more exhausted afterwards? Many of us feel the pressure to ‘make the most’ of our holiday time. To see the world, to cram in everything we possibly can. To seek out adventure, endless sight-seeing. And we firmly hold on to the belief that a holiday needs to be as action-packed as possible, so we can keep up with others or be able to tick things off our bucket-list.

Yet, holidays are supposed to be for recharging our batteries. An escape from the daily routine, to visit new and exciting places, and simply unwind from work. And even when its tempting to cram a whole stack of activities into our holiday time – sometimes, you really just need to take the time to slow down.

Which is where a health and wellness retreat might just help you do just that. Book yourself into one of these great retreats and your every need will be well catered for. Organic, nutritious meals, indulgent massages and peaceful scenery will have you relaxing in no time.


Barossa Wellness Retreats

You’ll find a broad range of retreat offerings, all located in the Barossa Valley area. Their vision is to empower people to live their best, healthiest, happiest and most balanced life. 

They hold year-round retreats, with a range of different focuses, delivered by gifted facilitators for transformational wellness. Some of their retreats are seasonal like, Spring Wellness and Winter Warmers, but they also offer curated Corporate Retreats and bespoke Special Life Event Retreats. 

 If you don’t have the time for their 3-day retreats, they also have days retreats and great retreat experiences, like Yoga Amongst the Vines, Wellness Walks and Body & Breath sessions.

Not only and have skilled practitioners in just about any modality or treatment type you could ever wish for, including herbal medicine, beauty therapy, naturopathy, massage, psychology and much more.



Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is one not to be missed. They offer a range of retreats ranging from their two night ‘Wellness Weekend’ through to 4- and 5-night focused retreats – or their popular 7-night detox retreats.

Their range of luxury accommodation options is quite something, with a choice of both modern villas and heritage style rooms. All offer incredible views and plenty of seclusion.

When you combine the delicious food, access to the spa, and plenty of exercise activities such as Pilates, yoga, aqua sessions and challenging hikes – your body will thank you by the time you leave.



Gaia Retreat

Byron Bay plays host to the stunning Gaia Retreat, part-owned by Olivia Newton-John. It’s a place where you’ll be pampered with every detail taken care of.

Onsite facilities include a restaurant, day spa, fitness activities, yoga lookout, naturopathic clinic plus the ability to customise your own retreat – precisely the way you want it, makes this beautiful retreat a real winner.

You will pay boutique prices, but its well worth it with their promise of ‘all thinking done for you’.



Daintree Eco-Lodge

Number four on our list is on the more affordable end of the spectrum and is ideal for nature lovers. Situated in the beautiful Daintree rainforest, you can combine luxury and modern facilities with getting up close and personal with your surroundings and its fabulous creatures, including birds, animals and plants.

You may also like to opt for their Culture Package, where you’ll get to explore rainforest history via a guided nature walk and a half day 4WD cultural adventure. You’ll see waterfalls, important cultural sites, taste bush tucker or try your hand at spear throwing.

It’s the perfect way of finding some ‘zen’ among the luscious rainforest, for something that little bit different.



Injidup Spa Retreat

This retreat is all about pure pampering, and is located in the heart of the Margaret River region in Western Australia. The aim here is to provide seclusion, tranquillity and indulgence, with spa treatments, private plunge pools, and a gourmet breakfast hamper and wine on arrival.

It’s strictly adults only, and each accommodation villa is packed with modern features. You can even opt in for their private chef in villa experiences, perfect for a little romance or reconnecting – without needing to leave your room.

There are miles of beautiful beaches and coastline to walk along and explore – or simply sit on your private deck to enjoy the view. This retreat is perfect for your honeymoon or romantic, relaxing escape.



The final word…

Australia has such a vast array of incredible health and wellness retreats, perfect for any requirement or occasion. Whether you need to reboot your physical health, de-stress from your busy lifestyle, or simply reconnect with nature and/or your partner – you’re bound to find the perfect retreat for you.


The Retreat Lady
Author: The Retreat Lady

Sarah Willmott, founder of Retreat Me Happy is passionate about making Retreats accessible to everyone. She specialises in helping Retreats reach a wider audience by creating this online platform. By day Sarah sends care packages to help people feel better (she owns Feel Better Box) and by night she builds this website to help you find your perfect retreat.