The Best Yoga Retreats in Australia to Soothe the Soul
Balance the mind, body and soul with a relaxing getaway at one of Australia's best yoga retreats. Simply heaven.
When life gets the better of you, there are few things more satisfying than finding yourself curled in a child’s pose after a deliciously comforting class of yoga. When it comes to retreats, take that level of calm and multiply it tenfold to imagine just how fabulous you’ll feel at the other end of a yogic retreat. These soothing escapes across Australia range from the more basic to the downright lavish, and there is undoubtedly a place for you to find your inner zen amongst our calming compilation below.
So, here is our pick of the best yoga retreats in Australia.
For an incredibly unique experience, book a spot on this exclusive annual retreat nestled deep within the majestic Daintree Rainforest. Settle in amongst the emerald canopy and reconnect with your spirit and nature in one of Australia’s most breath-taking settings. Set over four days, you’ll practice yoga, meditation, and breathwork with internationally acclaimed Mind-Body Coach, Emily Spurling as well as experience the magnitude and culture of the oldest rainforest in the world through traditional welcome to country and smoking ceremonies. Come nightfall, it’s time to wine and dine with cocktail tastings and three-course dinners before retreating to your boutique bayans for a heavenly night’s rest.
From $3935 per person
3189 Mossman-Daintree Road, Daintree
Pairing its own brand of body-rocking yoga with the finest seasonal produce and authentic Italian cuisine, Yoga Cucina promises to feed the mind, body and soul. Preaching a 'hands in the air and wrapped around a glass of wine' philosophy, this gourmet retreat is a far cry from the traditional yoga experiences we’ve come to know. Running multiple times throughout the year, yogis with an affinity for fine wine and homemade pasta can spend their days on the mat and their nights around the table alongside the likes of Chef Marco Gobbo enjoying a curated menu of the region’s finest flavours.
$995 per person (twin-share)
Multiple locations across Australia
Just 45 minutes from Sydney’s CBD in the Hawkesbury, Billabong Retreat works to create a place where you can reconnect to nature and find peace of mind amid picturesque bushland. A range of retreats are available with all food and accommodation included in the price. Locally sourced, seasonal, organic meals are a huge bonus, and with yoga classes available for people of any level everything has been looked after so that you can truly disconnect and recharge. Billabong also offers Meditation, Mindfulness, Wellness and Self Care.
From $300 per night
41 McClymonts Road, Maraylya, New South Wales
If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away from the city’s chaotic buzz, then an escape to Daylesford’s spa country seems perfectly fitting. Samadhi Retreat Daylesford is an Oriental-style retreat offering heavenly spa treatments and rejuvenating holistic therapies. Friendly alpacas roam the magnificent grounds, whilst ancient Chinese statues ensure complete serenity. With their Illuminate Retreat, you will receive a private yoga session, along with a guided meditation and wellness session, for a blissfully healing and health-affirming weekend getaway.
From $1,940 (Illuminate Retreat)
13 Knox Street, Daylesford, Victoria
Hugh Jackman’s personal wellness abode, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is the epitome of luxury spa cool. Now co-owned by Hugh himself (if you’re lucky you might spot him lounging by the pool), this sumptuous Gold Coast hideaway is tucked away in a verdant valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by a carpet of lush greenery, the surrounding bushland is as tranquil as it is beautiful and provides a gorgeous backdrop for hikes and outdoor yoga. Start your morning practising the ancient art of Qi Gong – a restorative moving meditation – whilst watching the majestic sunrise over the ocean, followed by yin and yang yoga and a refreshing dip in the pool. There are various wellness packages to choose from which include yoga and meditation, fitness and curated nutrition programs.
From $1,815 (Three-night Yoga Retreat)
192 Syndicate Rd, Tallebudgera Valley, Queensland
Surrounded by panoramic views of the Southern Grampians, Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat focuses on yoga, rest and organic vegetarian meals. The packages on offer range from a three-day weekend retreat to a more advanced full-week retreat option. There’s even a special New Year package, perfect for those who like to start each year off on the right foot. And although the schedules are full during your stay, there’s plenty of time to explore the property’s surrounds, like taking one of the many walking tracks that adjoin the site, including the scenic Grampians National Park.
From $690 per person
170 Victoria Valley Road, Dunkeld, Victoria
This retreat on the beautiful Queensland coast is the best option for those who are wanting to focus on health, wellbeing, fitness and adventure. With a range of retreats on offer, Sanctuary Yoga Retreats are experts in balancing group interaction with personalised attention. The next retreat in June is set over eight days and is designed to guide you through your yoga practice, relaxation, and meditation, with plenty of time set aside to explore the beautiful surrounds.
72 Holt Road, Garners Beach, Queensland
A non-profit, volunteer-based project based on the Illawarra coastline, The Govinda Valley operates as a place of retreat; aiming to provide a clean, safe a nurturing space for all events. The yoga retreats held at Govinda Valley are just one of many retreat options for those looking for a break from urban life. There are three and five-day options available throughout the year, the prices vary depending on accommodation and teacher training. With an array of activities nearby, you won’t be left wanting something to occupy any spare moments.
51 Lady Carrington Road, Otford, New South Wales
With crashing surf swells and buzzing nightlife, Byron is a hotbed of buzzing activity. But amid the bustling eateries and swarms of surfers, the breathtaking vistas provide pure tranquillity. Sitting at the top of the highest point in the Ballina Shire, The Samira Yoga Lookout at Gaia Retreat and Spa Byron Bay scores top points for yoga with spectacular views. Soak up the stunning scenery (that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Nightcap Range) while you perfect your tree pose with your personal yoga instructor. Be sure to work in an early morning session to catch at least one breathtaking sunrise.
933 Fernleigh Road, Byron Bay, New South Wales
Just 50 minutes from Sydney CBD, Swami's Yoga Retreat is positioned on an impressive 60 acres of tranquil bushland. Yoga, Qi gong and meditation classes are inspired by Yoga expert Swami Saravati. Massage, weight loss and stress management sessions are available upon request. Just book ahead to be sure you don’t miss out, as places are strictly limited. With access to all of the retreat’s facilities including a pool, spa, sauna, gym and tennis/basketball court, you’ll be spoilt for choice during downtime.
183-185 Pitt Town Road, Kenthurst, New South Wales
While it may feel as if it is hundreds of miles away, Happy Buddha Retreats in the Blue Mountains is only 90 minutes from Sydney CBD. Located in the stunning suburb of Wentworth Falls, the nearby Blue Mountain National Park is perfect for high or low-intensity hikes while taking in the breathtaking mountain scenery. All meals are included in the two-night retreat, as well as two guided meditation sessions and five yoga classes – Dynamic, Gentle and Yin Yoga.
From $399 per person (midweek)
50 Railway Parade, Wentworth Falls, New South Wales
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