Retreat into peace
There’s never a bad time for a peaceful getaway! Check out these 10 Zen retreats near Sydney that will whisk you away from the paperwork and into the quiet of Mother Nature!
1. Paperbark Camp
It’s the tree house you’ve always dreamed of with a hanging circular hammock, an ensuite bedroom, and undisturbed privacy in the middle of nature. There are three tents to choose from to get the ultimate experience and it’s all up to you! At Paperbark Camp, it’s a camping experience disguised as a luxurious retreat.
The onsite Gunyah Restaurant will accommodate your appetite with delicious meals and a hearty atmosphere that’s seen many happy events. Around the area there are many sights awaiting keen venturers like the Jervis Bay, Huskisson town, or Currambene Creek for a swim, picnic, or trail walking. Paperbark Camp also has spa and massage treatments with a booking for those who prefer to take time and relax. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an adventure full of exploring, The Paperbark Camp will deliver the right kind of escape!
Address: 571 Woollamia Rd, Woollamia NSW 2540
2. Billabong Retreat
Escape the office chaos and head back to basics at the Billabong Retreat. You’ll feel lighter by the minute as the fresh air replaces all of your accumulated stress. Truly a one of a kind experience, try out the many ways this Maraylya treasure ensures your wellness.
Get up close and personal with the local wildlife, engage in arts and craft or go bushwalking in the great outdoors. Alternatively, pamper yourself at the spa and rejuvenate your mind at the meditating facilities. A peaceful oasis in the middle of nature with a plethora of services for your leisure, the Billabong Retreat is the soothing getaway you’ve been longing for!
Address: 41 McClymonts Road, Maraylya NSW 2765
3. Spicers Sangoma Retreat
“Sangoma” being the Zulu word for “healer”, this Spicers Sangoma Retreat is no misnomer for this sanctuary. Sure it’s located in the beautiful Blue Mountains, but there will be nothing blue about your stay except the skies.
Nothing says ‘retreat’ like an outdoor pool right by your terrace overlooking the beautiful surroundings, a masseuse literally kneading the weight away from your shoulders, and room service that will have you feeling like royalty. With three types of suites to pick from, you’re sure to find just what you need. Reconnect with your significant other with an anniversary or celebrate with your closest friends.
Address: 70 Grandview Lane, Bowen Mountain NSW 2753
4. The Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury Valley
You know you’re in for a weekend of relaxation Sydney’s largest day spa, Villa Thalgo Day Spa, is part of the resort. On top of that, you’ll have a heated pool, a sauna, a lawn for outdoor fun, organised team building activities, and a gym to contribute to your perfect vacation.
If you’re looking for a bit more local fun, don’t worry because this haven is surrounded by a long list of must try activities such as the Hawkesbury River Cruises, Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail, paintball skirmish, go-karting, water rafting, ghost tours and flying tours. This escape isn’t just for couples, it’s for everyone – an absolute treat for all!
Address: 61 Hawkesbury Valley Way (Richmond Road), Windsor NSW 2756
5. Arajilla Retreat
When the mainland gets too much for you, why not fly out to Lord Howe Island? You’ll have plenty of activities to enjoy through Arajilla Retreat on this recreational island listed as a World Heritage for their incomparable wildlife and nature by bushwalking, hiking, swimming, surfing, cycling and more. IF you’re looking for a more relaxing break, you’ll find yourself sun baking peacefully at the beach, enjoy a massage or two, and dining with only the finest of wines.
The Arajilla Retreat itself looks like a wooden maze with a series of extravagant tree houses woven through the greens. With plenty of natural surroundings, the air will be fresh and perhaps sprinkled with a bit of salt from the sea. From spas to game rooms, animal spotting to bicycle hires, cafes and BBQ facilities, Arajilla is the island getaway everyone dreams of. An island escape doesn’t have to be too far from home, at Arajilla Retreat you’ll be right next door but feeling just as homey!
Address: Old Settlement Beach, Lord Howe Island NSW 2898
6. Bella’s On The Bay
It’s the couple getaway that’ll have you feeling butterflies in your stomach all over again: it’s Bella’s With their Romantic Evening Service, you can have a picture perfect candle lit dinner, a trail of rose petals, and chocolates to top it all laid out for you without planning any part of it!
In this secluded location, you’ll have a grand house just right to celebrate your love with a lavish pool out on the deck, plenty of furniture to cuddle up on, and an exquisite interior with just the right amount of lighting. Beyond the walls of this excellent accommodation, you’ll have several attractions such as picnics at Royal National Park, walks by Port Hacking River, and whale watching at Cape Solander. Leave the busy city and float up to cloud nine with your bae at Bella’s On The Bay!
Address: 6 Pindrie Street, Yowie Bay NSW 2228
7. Kangaroo Valley Golf & Country Resort
A cabin in arguably Sydney’s most beautiful valleys is all you need to reconnect with the family. At Kangaroo Valley Golf & Country Resort, you’ll have gorgeous sights of Mother Nature, first class facilities within the cabin and friendly staff that make sure your stay is one to put in the family album! The location itself is quiet with only the chirping birds and the rustling trees to soothe the silence.
With other families nearby, perhaps the fresh air will be filled with kid’s laughter as well! The golf course may sound just like Dad’s activity but don’t worry, there is a must try The Woolshed Restaurant for the family to go and the kids are sure to jump with ecstatic glee at the kangaroos on the course! Not to mention the other wildlife that may make a surprise appearance. A pro-tip for first time families is to try to get a cabin higher up the valley as you’ll have better views. Hop over to Kangaroo Valley with mum, dad, and the kids for a fun family retreat!
Address: 390 Mt Scanzi Road, Kangaroo Valley, NSW 2577K
8. Cicada and Hunter Moon Country House
Giving you the escape you need with your family or friends, the Cicada and Hunter Moon Country House is the easy accommodation for large groups and a whole lot of fun. This venue has Jacuzzi for you to relax under the blue sky, a BBQ grill and table for a terrace party and modern interior and houseware all ready for you. The Cicada house has four bedrooms and Hunter Moon has five, which means they’ll be able to house everyone comfortably without leaving anyone out. Both houses, Cicada and Hunter Moon can be rented individually or both together so you’ll have plenty of space to you and your group.
Near this fun escape are restaurants, vineyards, and Wollombi Creek, you’ll have plenty of exploring to do. After a whole day of eating out, taking a wine tour or walking the creek, you can relax on the terrace to enjoy the natural scenery and maybe even spot a few kangaroos! Many patrons have rented this escape as a bridal home as there are many wedding venues nearby. Whether it’s celebrate a new chapter, spend time with your loved ones, or a simple retreat, Cicada and Hunter Moon will have you sorted!
Address: 919 Milbrodale Rd, Broke NSW 2330
9. The Circle Retreat
The Circle Retreat is the couple’s favourite to flee from the fast-paced hustle and bustle of Sydney. This studio escape will bring you right back to basics with your partner as well as to Mother Nature. Enjoy romantic walks along Bilgola Beach, a couple’s picnic at Ku-ring-gai National Park, or check out sugar glider possums and peacocks at one of Sydney’s oldest, undisturbed reserves – the Angophora Reserve.
The quaint streets of the Bilgola Plateau will feel like you’ve been whisked away to a small, humble town in Europe, the ultimate relaxation location away from Sydney’s ever-busy CBD. The studio equipped with all the facilities you’ll need, The Circle Retreat is where you and your partner can indulge in just each other’s company without any interruptions and not a single worry about the rest of the world.
Address: 13 The Circle, Bilgola Plateau NSW 2107
10. The Circle Retreat
Reconnect with yourself and those around you at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre, where you’ll experience wellness from within. With their serene surroundings and their retreat packages, workshops, and classes, you’re sure to find something for yourself. At this retreat, you’ll have plenty of expert-led yoga and meditation classes, an undisturbed tranquil environment to ease away your worries, and friendly staff to keep you calm and well cared for throughout your stay.
The town isn’t too far off from this Zen centre so if you’d like to do a bit of exploring the shops or restaurants or other locations, you’ll definitely be able to. Whether you’re here with a couple, family, or friends, you’ll be feeling more connected with the others than you did before. It’s a luxurious paradise brought forth by humble beauty, a retreat for the heart, soul, and body.
Address: 6 Byron St, Byron Bay NSW
11. Buddha’s Retreat
Yet another Byron Bay gem, this beautifully furnished home is tucked away in the hinterlands surrounded by 3 acres of land for the ultimate peace and isolation. The house is decorated with the works of local artists and fully equipped with 5 bedrooms that make it the perfect getaway for a large family or multiple couples.
There’s even a deck and your very own pool to chill out at and a grand dining area. If you’re looking to chill out with some mates and appreciate the beautiful nature found in the hinterlands of Byron Bay, this property is the one for you.
Address: 5 Bay Vista Lane, Ewingsdale NSW 2481
Escape the stress
There’s always time for a retreat at these 11 Zen places that will have you feeling new and refreshed! Let everyone know other places that might help escape the office and leave them in the comments below!