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What women want in winter – 5 luxury retreats on Australia’s east coast


You’re in need of a perfect winter getaway for R&R, and you can’t imagine a girls’ weekend away without the massages, spas and facial treatments.

Pamper yourselves with one of these five luxury retreats on Australia’s east coast. 

Buddha Gardens Day Spa, Byron Bay

Spend a relaxing weekend away with this girls at the Buddha Gardens Day Spa in Byron Bay. Take a dip in the spa’s heated pplunge pool and sauna while surrounded by Balinese-inspired gardens. Offering hot rock massages, facial rituals and luxurious body wraps. Their signature massage is the Bamboo Massage which uses traditional eastern massage techniques using bamboo stalks. This 60-90 minute massage is said to refresh the spirit and renew vital energies.

Cockatoo Hill Retreat, Queensland

Set in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, Cockatoo Hill Retreat is paradise. With four exclusive tree lodges and views of the surrounding rainforest and Coral Sea. Surrounded by nature – colourful butterflies and frogs. Take some time out with a book from the library, have a relaxing swim in the pool by the running waterfall, go horse riding with the girls and have a picnic at the beach.

Hopewood Health Retreat, Blue Mountains

Fresh air, healthy food, fresh juices, some gentle exercise and surrounded by beautiful trees. Hopewood is a dream destination for anybody seeking a bit of R&R and looking after their health and wellbeing. Hopewood’s packages include meditation, yoga, guided walks and low impact exercise classes. There’s also naturopaths, life coaches, massage and beauty therapists available. You’ll leave your mini escape glowing!

Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington

Victoria’s first natural hot springs and day spa centre is just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne. Enjoy access to private pools and various spa treatments designed to pamper you and revilatise your body, mind and spirit. Treatments available include full body massage, mud, facial, salt exfoliation, stone and steam treatments. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast, beach house or a lovely country cottage nearby.

Chizuka Ryokan, Daylesford

This Japanese country spa and wellness retreat is set amid four acres of bush, which attracts native wildlife such as kangaroos and lorikeets. Accommodation includes futon bedding, tatami straw matting and shoji rice paper sliding screens while you’re treated to traditional Japanese cuisine. With a wide range of spa and massage packages, and options to take a winery tour, a relaxing weekend in Daylesford is complete bliss.


Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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