luxury and spa

Australia’s best pamper palaces

Sarah Reid
Time for pampering (Photo: Getty Images)
Time for pampering.

Take a deep breath, put your feet up, and restore your wellbeing at one of Australia's most luxurious day spas. Aaah.

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, Byron Bay, NSW

Just a stone's throw from Byron Bay's town centre, one could easily spend a weekend, or a week for that matter, sampling the spa's smorgasbord of treatment options, from Vichy shower, lithos hot stone massage, body wraps, serenity facials, herbal teas, hydrotherapy treatments and MediSpa therapies.

Drawcard: The resort runs a free yoga class daily, and it's only a two-minute stroll to Suffolk Park beach, where you might be lucky enough to see dolphins playing in the shallows, or whales breaching off the beach.


Golden Door Spa, Hunter Valley, NSW

One of Australia's three renowned Golden Door Spas is nestled in the picturesque vineyards of the Cypress Lakes Resort, two hours from Sydney. Let stress (and residual party toxins) melt away via hot stone therapy, rejuvenate skin cells with a herbal volcanic heat wrap, and leave with a streak-free, glowing St Tropez spray tan.

Drawcard: Treat your feet to an ultimate pedi spa, and stock your bathroom with delectable BABOR beauty products from the spa's in-house boutique.


Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Tallebudgera, Queensland

The crème de la crème of lifestyle retreats, Gwingana claims to leave you relaxed, revived and reenergised — or else! Situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Gwingana offers everything from yoga to Tai Chi classes, naturopathic consultations to detox body wraps — even surfing lessons. Oh, and Hugh Jackman raves about the place.

Drawcard: Detox aficionados will love the seven-day Gwingana detox package, including freshly prepared organic meals, spa treatments and lifestyle workshops.


The Spa of Peace and Plenty, Dunk Island, Queensland

In a tropical garden fanned by swaying coconut palms, a footbridge leads the way to a Balinese-style palace of relaxation. Submit yourself to a deep tissue massage, chocolate cocoon or marina facial — just to name a few too-good-to-be-true options.

Drawcard: Flowers and herbs used in treatments are grown on the island, and the spa's signature scent; an exotic blend of lime, blood orange patchouli, rose, ylang ylang jasmine and germanium fills the air, invoking a sense of renewal.


Authenticity Resort and Spa, Port Elliot, SA

Adelaide, indulge in a luxurious range of beauty and body treatments, or perhaps enlist the help of the spa's personal trainer to help get your fitness back on track.

Drawcard: Rent a bicycle and spend the afternoon exploring the township, release your creativity in an art class, or unwind (even further!) with a dip in Authenticity's salt-treated pool.


Hidden Valley Eco Lodges and Day Spa, Pickering Brook, WA

Set in 14 acres of private jarrah forest near Perth, each self-contained eco lodge has its own, romantic outdoor jacuzzi on a private deck. When your toes begin to wrinkle, sign up for a relaxing massage, rejuvenating body treatment or facial. Then, back to the jacuzzi...

Drawcard: WA is renowned for its wineries, and what better way to explore the vineyards than in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce?


Endota Day Spa, Hobart, Tasmania

In a cosy converted 1860s flour mill, home to Endota's Hobart branch, delight in sending your partner off to a bloke treatment, while you toss up whether to try the ''witchetty scrub'' or ''emergin c peel''. Decisions, decisions…

Drawcard: Endota has double treatment rooms where couples can pampered together.


Geranium House Day Spa for Women, Brindabella, ACT

Grab your partied-out girlfriends and drive to this picturesque bush retreat, just 30 minutes out of Canberra, for an afternoon of detoxing. The ultimate: Geranium House's detox spa package — a two-hour body buffet including litho-cal body peel, detox-thalasso body wrap, and aromatherapy massage.

Drawcard: It's a sustainable day spa, meaning every drop of water is recycled into their beautiful gardens and tree planting program.


Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Simply come to bathe in the 50° waters of the naturally occurring hot mineral spring or submit yourself to an array of his 'n' hers spa treatments including mud wraps, red wine mineral baths, salt scrubs and exotic-sounding massages.

Drawcard: Drop a hint to your boss — the facility specialises in corporate packages. Expecting? There's specially designed treatments for pregnant women available, too.


User comments
Please note that Peppers Seven Spirit Bay, Arnhem Land, NT closed down last year. Peppers offers a number of great retreats and resorts across Australia and New Zealand. Go to to find your Peppers experience.
Spa-ing, hmm, Does the spa-ing come with a partner?