A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published December 21st 2013
Get away from it all
After a tiring week at work, nothing feels better than a relaxing retreat, far away from the chaos of the city and the opportunity to escape from the daily rut. You don't need to wait for a long holiday to travel overseas for the ability to relax in luxury; there are several places near Brisbane where you can be pampered in a tranquil and serene environment with less travel time. See below for some options to add to your wish list.
Located a mere 30 minutes drive from Brisbane, this is the ideal place for nature lovers. You will wake up with breathtaking views of Mount Nebo, Mount Glorious and Mount Samson. Instead of roughing it on a campsite with minimal facilities, at Misty Mountain you will be pampered with the option of a Ka Huna or Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage to help you soothe away your stress. There is also the option of relaxing in the four metre hydrotherapy swim spa with massage jets and staying overnight with the promise of a delicious continental breakfast in the morning. For bookings at Misty Mountain Retreat at 1266 Mt Samson Road, phone 07 3289 4392
This lifestyle and health retreat is a splurge for special occasions but it provides a holistic experience filled activities aimed at improving your wellbeing. Supported by a range of experts such as an organic gardener, a women's health doctor and lifestyle specialist, the activities at this retreat focus on the seven essential movement patterns you need for life. Mornings begin with practising the movements of Qi Gong, followed by exploration rainforest hikes with a choice of other activities such as yoga, pilates and creative dance. Skilled speakers deliver wellness seminars to boost your knowledge about wellness and if you want a bit more of a workout there are boxing circuits and indoor cycling options. Special packages include their 2 night and 3 night weekend packages including accommodation, massage and organic meals and snacks. Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is located at 192 Syndicate Road, Tallebudgera Valley, you can contact them on 1800 219 272.
3) Cedar Creek Falls retreat
Cedar Creek Falls is a 35-40 min drive from Brisbane CBD set amongst the lush forest and boasting views of the national forest trees. Giving you a feel of being at a mountain lodge, this place is suitable for those searching for a bit of privacy. Its proximity to waterfalls and creeks is relaxing. The Cedar Creek Falls retreat currently works in conjunction with carer organizations to organise wellness retreats for carers in the community to give these unsung heroes a well-deserved break. Located at 973 Cedar Creek Road, Cedar Creek Queensland you can contact them on 07 3289 4551.
4) The Biggest Loser Retreat
If you have heard of the TV show "The Biggest Loser", I'm sure you know what the ultimate aim of this retreat is. Although this place is specially targeted to weight loss, the retreat's main purpose is to increase your fitness levels regardless of your weight. Aimed at cultivating healthy habits, a typical day at the retreat begins with an early guided bush walk followed by a nutritious breakfast and a health and well-being workshop. This is followed by daily exercise activities focusing on cardio improvement and strength conditioning. There is no need to worry about starving yourself as regular delicious meals are served from lunch to afternoon tea and then dinner. The accommodation is set in the Gold Coast Hinterland so you will be treated to beautiful lodges and chalets with great facilities such as two heated swimming pools, a beach volleyball court, a high intensity gym, a tennis court, a spa and a recreation room to name a few. For reservations, contact the Biggest Loser retreat on 1800 816 906 or at 400 Ruffles Road, Willow Vale.
5) Cabarita Ocean Health Retreat
Cabarita Ocean Health Retreat
Located on Cabarita Beach, 125kms from Brisbane, the Cabarita Ocean Health Retreat is a place where you can unwind while staring out at the coast line. With different themed suites to choose from, you will be spoilt by five-star accommodation choices. Its culinary menu is designed by a nutritionist with a combination of seasonal and organic produce. You can balance our energetic activities such as surfing, tai chi, boxing, tennis with more relaxing ones such as meditation, yoga and spa treatments. To contact them at 768 Casuarina Way, Casuarina, you can call 61 266743111.