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Top 10 Health and Fitness Destinations in Australia

If you’ve been working hard for months on your fitness and following your exercise program but feel that you need a break from your usual routine, there are some wonderful places in Australia where you can indulge in a health and fitness break. Fitness retreat holidays are gaining in popularity, with world travellers making 830 million wellness trips in 2017, which is 17 per cent of all tourism revenues(1). And Australia has some of the best health, fitness and wellness retreats on the planet. Here are 10 of the best, though not in order of preference:

1. Sweat Sydney Training Camp

Sweat Sydney is where coach Sean Williams will show you how to stay fit and feel great through running. Throughout the year, training camps are held in Melbourne and the Blue Mountains with the emphasis squarely on running skills and techniques. Weight loss, muscle toning and mental focus are the rewards for your efforts.

Location: The Blue Mountains and Melbourne


2. Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Gwinganna means ‘lookout’, and refers to the location on an inland ridge on the Gold Coast. This retreat is ecotourism-certified, and the wellness philosophy is holistic. Here you’ll find wellness seminars, spa treatments, organic living, relaxation and movement therapies combined with bush walks. You'll be served delicious organic cuisine the equal of any fine restaurant.

Location: Tallebudgera Valley, Qld


3. Stay Fit at Parkrun

There are Parkrun clubs all over Australia with membership soaring as running for health and fitness gains in popularity. Many clubs hold training camps for inspiration and training in technique. Parkrun holds free five km times runs every Saturday in locations all over Australia.

Location: all over Australia


4. Revive Weight Loss Retreat

Keep your weight and fitness under control and find a balance in your busy life at Revive weight loss retreats. Your existing exercise program won’t suffer here and you’ll likely drop even more kilos and refresh your ideas about a sustainable, long-term, healthy lifestyle. The retreats are held in such places of inspiration as Bali and in South West Western Australia at Yallingup.

Location: Bali and South-west WA

Info: Revive Retreat

5. Glam Mountain Biking

If you’re an active traveller who wants to see the great outdoors from a bicycle, then try glam biking in Tasmania with Blue Derby Pods Ride. You can cycle to your heart’s content through some of the most beautiful country trails with a very knowledgeable guide in a small group. Imagine recovering in sheer luxury, eating a gourmet meal washed down with one of Tassie’s famous wines before going to sleep in an eco-sensitive pod on poles above the forest floor.

Location: Derby, Tasmania

Info: Blue Derby Pods Ride

6. Gaia Retreat & Spa

Gaia Retreat & Spa oozes goodness and is famous worldwide with a cabinet overflowing with trophies. There is a five-night Weight Loss package which is aimed at helping you to regain empowerment and self-confidence as you lose those extra kilos. You will be offered wholesome nutrition, tailored activity, and personal training.

Location: Byron Bay, NSW


7. Kangaroo Island Health Retreat

For organic food, filtered rainwater and pristine ocean air and an ambience of healing, empowerment and health, this is the retreat to try. Kangaroo Island Health Retreat has all that and more, with saunas, pilates, beach walks and swimming, meditation and detox. There are only six guests there at any one time, so you have lots of personal care. At this retreat you can maintain your fitness level with a 20-kilometre walk on fabulous coastal beaches and tracks. Be prepared for rejuvenation and a deep sense of wellbeing.

Location: Kangaroo Island


8. Samadhi Health and Wellness Retreat & Spa

To stay fit here you can do yoga and qigong, which can complement your existing exercise regime with a sense of calm and serenity. At Samadhi the serene gardens, healthy meals, bespoke treatments for body, mind, and soul, will complete your wellness program. Samadhi, an uber-boutique retreat on the outskirts of Victoria’s Glenlyon, has won multiple awards for helping people recover from the stresses of city living. With mindfulness at the centre of all activities, you can also indulge in the spa, plus meditation and life shaping.

Location: Glenlyon, Victoria


9. Solar Springs Retreat

To add some pampering and recharging to your exercise program, Solar Springs Retreat can cater to all of your health and fitness needs. You can play tennis, have a sauna, or swim in the heated pool. There are bush walks - Solar Springs overlooks the gorgeous Morton National Park. There are heavenly body treatments with heated and chilled rocks to massage your body from head to toe or try the Solar Cocoon Body Wrap.

Location: Bundanoon


10. Golden Door Elysia Health Retreat & Spa

Your fitness program can be enhanced be stepping through the doorway to this perfect retreat where you can reset and rejuvenate. Golden Door Health Retreat and Spa Elysia have over 70 guest villas, and Spa Elysia offers something more intimate. Therapists provide massages and facials, and you’ll find steam rooms, an indoor pool, and a library. The health retreat detox program includes Tai Chi classes and guided walks, running and stretching, yoga and so much more.

Location: The Hunter Valley.


At Bring Back Health And Fitness, we have a holistic philosophy and approach to health and fitness combining nutritional guidance, personal fitness training, and massage therapy to meet each person’s needs. Our approach can change lives and help you reap the most benefit from every day. Everyone’s body is unique with its own strengths and limitations. If you’re visiting from overseas, ask your travel doctor for advice before you launch into fitness training if you’re new to it. If you live in Australia, have a health check to ascertain your fitness level. Whatever your goals, we can achieve them together. For personal training, mobile massage therapy, health, fitness and wellbeing, call us at Bring Back Health and Fitness today on 042477700 or email



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