Top Wellness Retreats To Get You In Shape For Summer

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If you’re looking to get your wellness fix, there are plenty of top shelf health retreats ready to whip your body (and soul) into shape. Maybe you’re after some serious sweating and calorie burning, or perhaps you’re in more of a meditation and downward dog kind of mood.

Introducing the crème de la crème of health retreats, offering up everything from avocado to acai, coastal walks to hot yoga to have you fit and fortified in no time.

Gaia Retreat and Spa, New South Wales

Arguably the best known wellness destination in the country—in part thanks to a famous co-owner in Olivia Newton-John—Gaia’s stellar reputation is well-earned. Perched on the highest point of the Byron Shire, Gaia lays claim to being the most awarded retreat in Australia. With 35 healers and therapists on hand, treatments are personalised around stress relief, weight loss, detoxification and fitness. Unlike spas which have set retreat dates, you can check into Gaia any day that suits for a truly luxurious experience.

Samadhi Health and Wellness Retreat & Spa, Victoria

A premier health and wellness retreat in the heart of Daylesford, this award-winning destination spa is a dream for anyone seeking serious R&R. Intimate and secluded, Samadhi offers a smorgasbord of wellness services including health counselling and massage therapy. If you so desire, they will craft a bespoke package tailored to your needs. Take a weekend detox or stave off professional burnout. It’s a must-visit for anyone in need of some indulgent time out.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Queensland

Located in the Gold Coast hinterland, Gwinganna caters to everything from wellness weekends to seven day detoxes incorporating a diverse range of activities from early morning walks to hikes, yoga, pilates and beyond. With a yin and yang approach to wellness, guests are encouraged to partake in the more challenging offering of boxing circuits and fit-ball classes, before winding down with evening stretching and creative dance.

Injidup Spa Retreat, Western Australia

This stunning spa retreat in Western Australia boasts an unbeatable location overlooking the Indian Ocean in the heart of the Margaret River wine region home to some of the state’s most beautiful scenery. With just a small selection of luxury villas on offer, guests are treated to the utmost seclusion where they can slip into their own private plunge pool, access an indulgent day spa, take cape to cape treks and take in those unrivalled ocean views.

Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania

To elevate the spirit, where better than the state that is officially home to the purest air on Earth. While in some ways Saffire Freycinet is less of a dedicated health retreat than other destinations on this list, it places a high priority on wellness with a serious dose of luxury. Each room is equipped with yoga mats (personal yoga classes are on offer) and there is a fully equipped gym and suite of spa treatments available. Even if you never left your suite, the gently shifting light on the surrounding mountains and lake is therapy enough.

Longitude 131, Northern Territory

There’s getting away from it all and then there’s Longitude 131 in the heart of Australia’s red centre. Few places can remind you just how small you (and your problems) really are quite like this sacred land and floor-to-ceiling windows let you take it all in. To the west, the stunning domes of Kata Tjuta, to the south unobstructed views of Uluru, the most special natural wonder in a continent full of natural wonders. Enhance the healing at the onsite spa with products using native ingredients.

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Matthew Paroz
Matthew Paroz


After many years in the publishing and advertising business, Matt has clocked up time working with Australia’s most iconic brands and media outlets, including GQ, Men’s Health, Qantas, Commonwealth Bank and, of course, This Weekend.