4 Spa destinations that offer a slice of the great Australian outdoors.

Here’s 4 Spa Destinations that offer a slice of the great Australian outdoors.


Whether you want a reiki massage, drum therapy, an aura refurbishment or a complete spiritual reboot, Byron is for you. On its front doorstep, Main Beach is the great Aussie beach. Within walking distance of Belongil Beach, East on Byron is a pocket-sized, complex of self-contained villas and beach houses built around a swimming pool. Hot favourite on the dining scene, Il Buco Café & Pizzeria brings the lusty, luscious flavours of the Italian kitchen to the table. Hoisted high in the luscious green hills behind Byron Bay is the handsome Federation town of Bangalow. Uptown, with its Eastern-accented degustation menu rings the culinary high notes. Tucked further back into the hills and set amid lush sub-tropical surroundings, Gaia Retreat & Spa Gaia offers individually tailored programs that combine diet, exercise, spa treatments and therapies.


Barely an hour out of Melbourne and you’re driving through gum trees into Daylesford, just about the neatest, sweetest country town ever. Twin it with Hepburn Springs, “Australia’s spa capital”, and you have the perfect country cousins.  Samadhi Spa & Wellness Retreat is winning hearts and minds with its soothing, serene treatments .Another premium accommodation choice, The Lake House is one of the most polished of all our country hotels – the very best of rural life topped off with fine dining in glamorous surroundings. Largest and most comprehensive of the many day spas in the region, Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa offers organic herbal baths, aromatic elixirs, marine soak detox treatments, body polishes and beauty treatments. Bracketed by poplars just outside Daylesford, Lavendula brings the robust food of the Italian-speaking Ticino area of southern Switzerland to a pretty lavender farm.


You’ll be reassured by your first sight of Noosa, spread around the  curve of Laguna Bay which unrolls its aquamarine waters to the startling sand cliffs of Teewah Beach on the far shore against a backdrop of hulking volcanic cones. Noosa’s star quality shines brightest in Hastings Street, a gelato-coloured strip of outdoor cafes and beachwear boutiques  The current food hot list includes the Modern Australian seafood menu at Sails, the Mediterranean-inspired Season Restaurant and the Japanese-style Wasabi. Tucked away in the Outrigger complex in Little Hastings Street, Stephanies Ocean Spa features a wall of expensive moisturising products, and the kind of ambient music that dolphins would probably compose if you let them loose with a digital synthesiser. On the outskirts of Noosa, Iketan Spa looks like a Balinese village, with a a menu of facials, treatments and massages.


The Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast is barely 35 kilometres long and just a few across, yet in terms of scenery, wildlife, and sheer heart-wrenching beauty, Freycinet is a five-star performer. Seals and even orcas can be sighted off the peninsula’s beaches, and bottlenose dolphins sometimes surf the breakers at Wineglass Bay. The essential Freycinet experience is a sea kayak trip with Freycinet Adventures along the peninsula’s sheltered inner coastline. Add a silk finish to the experience with a couple of days at the ultra-luxurious Saffire Freycinet, where the architecture reflects the rippling bay at its feet and the soaring peaks of The Hazards across the bay. The food is sensational, a showcase for some of Tasmania’s finest, from wines to truffles, crayfish, scallops, tuna, lamb and oysters that come fresh from the bay outside the glass-fronted dining room. Spa Saffire contributes its own magic to the equation.


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