With a number of local wellness retreats a short drive from Brisbane, there’s no need to head overseas for some stress relief, massage therapy or a digital detox.
Simply book in for a few hours, a relaxing overnighter or even a longer stay, and look forward to being pampered in style.
Why go on a wellness retreat?
Well, if you’re just starting out on your fitness journey a wellness retreat can be the perfect way to kick things off. Most retreats near Brisbane offer nutrition education, supportive and motivating staff, healthy gourmet meals and access to a wide range of fitness activities, like yoga, pilates, hiking, personal training and swimming. There’s nothing better than resetting your mind and giving your body a complete detox, especially when you feel stressed out, unhealthy or out of balance.
If you’re a fitness junkie and you’ve been training for a long time, a wellness retreat can be a great way to take your health to the next level. It’s also a good chance to check in with your goals and dedicate time towards resting, rejuvenating or relaxing your muscles. Wellness retreats are ideal for competitive athletes and marathon runners who are recovering from their last event or an injury.
Here are 4 wellness retreats in no particular order that should do the trick!
1. Misty Mountain Retreat
Misty Mountain Retreat is a 35-minute drive north of Brisbane in the Samford Valley. Ideal for nature lovers or those who want to leave behind the city grind, this secluded five-acre retreat offers 60 or 90 minute Kahuna Bodywork treatments, aka Hawaiian massage. Packages are also available. Mountain Magic, for example, is a four hour package where you get to choose from three treatments: Kahuna Bodywork, Spa, Sauna, Detox Body Wrap, Lomi Lomi Massage, Hot Stones Massage or Foot Spa. Onsite accommodation is in cabins, and a continental breakfast is included.
People come away rejuvenated from Misty Mountain and have comments such as: “Definitely an experience everyone should have! By far the most amazing massage I have ever received”.
2. Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Focusing on holistic health, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is an hour’s drive south of Brisbane CBD in Tallebudgera Valley. The retreat’s aim is to improve your health and wellbeing through activities, relaxation, spa treatments, delicious cuisine and wellness seminars. A range of supportive professionals are on site to give advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle. Stays range from 2 nights to 7 nights depending on your needs (and budget).
Many are surprised at how good they feel after a stay at Gwinganna and say “eating healthy organic food, participating in tons of activities, great daily talk by a doc or health specialist and having all their pampering massages in the afternoons make it the best holiday ever”.
3. Living Valley
Living Valley touts itself as ‘Australia’s Finest Health Retreat’ and is situated in Noosa Biosphere Reserve 2 hours drive north from Brisbane CBD. Set in 145 acres of scenic countryside the retreat offers 3, 7, 14, 21 or 28 day programs and has 50 onsite staff including naturopaths, trainers, therapists, health educators and more. The packages feature options such as: remedial massage, steam baths, full-body clay wraps, stretch classes, gourmet meals, cleansing detoxes, one-on-one personal training and more, depending on the length you stay.
Guests say they leave feeling refreshed, calm and healthy “A short break to reset my mind, body and soul. LVS is a perfect combination of education, exercise, nutrition and energy.”
4. Eden Health Retreat
The Eden Health Retreat is an hour and a half south of Brisbane CBD in the Currumbin Valley and is Australia’s longest established health retreat. Offering both short and extended stays, the holistic health packages range from 4 to 12 nights and feature luxurious accommodation and wellness classes, plus use of all facilities: gym, sauna, steam room and heated swimming pool. Massages and facials are included depending on the length of stay.
Guests have raved about the meals at Eden in particular “The food was exceptional and varied, and it was so exciting arriving at the dining room each meal, wondering what was on offer. I took away from the experience a new way to eat and created a new sleeping regime that has definitely changed my life.”