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The Most Relaxing Wellness Retreats Just Outside Sydney

Sydneysiders looking for a healthy getaway or digital detox close to home are spoilt for choice. The city’s outskirts are brimming with wellness retreats aimed at making city escapees calmer and happier.

From yin yoga to drumming circles, equine therapy to boxing boot camp, these Sydney wellness retreats offer every kind of activity under the sun.

Happy Buddha Retreats, Wentworth Falls

Yoga, drumming circles, guided meditations and bushwalks are all on offer at Happy Buddha Retreats in Wentworth Falls.

But while the retreat offers casual classes most weekends, those who really want to switch-off should sign up for the retreat’s Ta Ke It Na Rhythm, Music, Meditation weekend, designed to lead participants into a state of relaxation.

The program is “deeply relaxing and meditative, and requires no musical experience whatsoever,” says owner Athil Singh. It’s easily the retreat’s most popular wellness weekend.

Eden Farm Escape by Eden Equine, Bilpin

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Eden Farm Escape is a fully working farm that doubles as a weekend getaway for grown-ups. Image: Eden Farm Escape by Eden Equine / supplied

Eden Farm Escape by Eden Equine in Bilpin is the brainchild of Michael Cthurmer and Deborah Goodman – the creative duo behind The Grumpy Baker and My Little Israel. In a nutshell, it’s a fully working farm that doubles as a weekend getaway for grown-ups.

Whether you’re a CEO with a group of staff looking to do some team bonding or a stressed-out solo business traveller looking for some time out, this retreat has programs and schedules to accommodate.

While yoga and meditation feature on the line-up, it’s the retreat’s equine therapy program, working with horses and a psychotherapist, that really sets it apart.

Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa, Hunter Valley

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Golden Door Health Retreat offers boxing, yoga and spa treatments. Image: Golden Door Health Retreat / supplied

The act of going fully offline is now regarded as a luxury. And that’s exactly what makes a stay at 20-year-old Golden Door Health Retreat in the Hunter Valley so special. The retreat has an array of practices designed to make visitors do just that.

Choose from three-, five-, or seven-day programs, and tailor them to fit your specific needs. Concentrate on dieting for weight loss, spa treatments for detoxifying, or activities like boxing and yoga for increased physical activity.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Greater Blue Mountains

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Spa reaches way beyond the scene of burning sage and lavender oil typically associated with retreats to help its guests achieve wellness.

Inspired by the resort’s location in a 2800-ha conservation reserve in the Wolgan Valley, the immersive spa experiences use the restorative power of nature to create a calming environment that works on stimulating relaxation and recovery.

Visiting spa practitioners can tailor your stay at the spa with specialised programs that range from Detox to one dubbed Mankind. Alleviate tension with an active adventure in the valley followed by a Bushman’s massage in a treatment room with majestic valley views.

Crystal Creek Meadows, Kangaroo Valley

Corporate casualties feeling harassed, overstretched and overtaxed should pencil in a dynamic detox at Crystal Creek Meadows, which is a 2.5-hour drive from Sydney. Sustainable tourism is the ethos that underpins the award-winning spa retreat in the Southern Highlands’ Kangaroo Valley where guests can reconnect with nature in five-star comfort without leaving a huge environmental footprint.

Visitors to the luxury eco-cottages are asked to contribute to conservation by helping to save energy and water, which helps the protection of the local wallaby and wombat population. In addition to healthy eating, education, rest and relaxation, guests can kayak down the Kangaroo River, enjoy a private yoga class in their cottage or simply sign up for the Day Spa Indulgence.

(Lead image: Happy Buddha Retreat / supplied)

Published 15 April, 2019