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Between a global pandemic and an unusual school holiday period, we’re in need of a break. Check out the top wellness retreats we’ll be escaping to now that school’s back…

Gwinganna, Tallebudgera Valley
Nestled in the lush Gold Coast hinterlands, Gwinganna offers the ultimate rainforest escape. Based on principles of wellness, energy and calmness, Gwinganna helps you disconnect from the stresses and negative influences of the modern world with a bevvy of spa treatments, rejuvenating activities like hiking and yoga, clean eating and luxe facilities. If you’re looking to disconnect and transform, this is the place.
www.gwinganna.com.au

Numala Retreat, Bonogin
Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city on an eight-acre slice of paradise, Numala Retreat is the ultimate escape. On the property, you’ll find three creeks, two waterfalls and a lush rainforest to explore – if you manage to tear yourself away from the many healing workshops, classes and therapies on offer. With yoga for every skill level, meditation groups and Sensory Energy healing sessions to help you unwind and recover, Numala Retreat has something for everyone.
www.numalaretreat.com 

Ananda Rainforest Spa, Currumbin Valley
A getaway in the lush rainforest of Currumbin Valley, complete with Swedish massage, an energy facial and an infrared sauna? Sounds like heaven to us! Ananda Rainforest Spa makes the most of its lush hinterland surrounds to connect visitors back to nature, and the luxe treatment facilities – including candlelit spa rooms and rustic sauna, appointed with organic remedies – make time stand still. You’ll never want to leave.
www.anandarainforestspa.com

Summerhills Retreat, Binna Burra
One of Byron Bay’s premier wellness resorts, SummerHills offers a unique, eco-focused getaway. Your accommodation options vary from panoramic mountain, forest or garden-view rooms, and come complete with personalised services including relaxation massage services and a tour and activities desk. Enjoy group or private yoga and meditation sessions, or hit the two or four-kilometre trails for a spot of bird watching. The choice is completely yours.
www.summerhills.com 

Gaia Retreat and Spa, Brooklet
From mountaintop yoga to clay sculpting, or sipping herbal tea in the cathedral-like Kakura House, there is so much to enjoy during your stay at Gaia Retreat. Float in the tranquility of the shady pool, or indulge in a treatment at their award-winning day spa. Whatever you do, be sure to bring that feeling of focus and calm home with you – if you can ever bring yourself to leave.
www.gaiaretreat.com.au

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