A health retreat in Bali might be in a distant future, but, you can access some of the most beautiful and relaxing hotels and retreats right here in NSW. Merely a couple of hours from Sydney you can find yourself a little oasis that will allow you to put your feet up, clear your mind and recharge those batteries.

Hit the road and breath again at these best yet affordable destinations.


1) Billabong Retreat, Hawkesbury

Reconnect to nature, increase your energy levels and rebalance your body with a stay at Billabong Retreat. This popular eco retreat – just 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD – will help you find peace of mind and discover inner wellness. Enjoy daily mindfulness, stress relief, cleansing and yoga workshops, buffet-style vegetarian meals and treehouse accommodation overlooking the billabong. Bliss.


Prices start at $300 for one night.



2) Heart and Soul Retreats, Otford

Nestled into the hills bordering the Royal National Park just an hour drive south of Sydney, Heart and Soul Retreats is perfectly located for those wishing to take a step back from their busy lives and reconnect with themselves. Explore the surrounding pristine forests, hike across the steep sea cliffs and swim at local beaches. As a long-established yoga retreat centre, Heart and Soul operates on the practice of yoga-seva – or voluntary service – to create a nurturing yogic community. Each retreat includes three yoga classes per day, as well as daily meditation, and health workshops – all of which are optional.


Prices start at $249 per night for one person.



3) Mistere Retreat, Tweed Shire

This secluded sanctuary in the coastal hinterland of Northern NSW, a 30-minute drive from Kingscliff, is a stunning city escape, dense with rainforest, natural waterfalls and wildlife. Soak up the sweeping views, relax in spacious accommodation and unwind at your own pace. The stylish villas have earthy hues, fireplaces and wide windows, helping you to reconnect with the natural world. Explore the beautiful walking trails, sink into a bubble bath or meditate outside with the rolling hinterland as your backdrop.


Prices start at $245 for a night.


4) Swami’s Yoga Retreat, Kenthurst

Situated on 60 acres of bushland and only an hour drive from the centre of Sydney, Swami’s Yoga Retreat in Kenthurst offers yoga, Qi Gong and meditation classes, inspired by yoga expert Swami Sarasvati. The yoga classes are suited for all levels and guests can set their own pace with plenty of time to enjoy the retreat’s facilities, including tennis court and pool. Homemade vegetarian meals and herbal tea are provided throughout the day and the retreat is happy to provide recipes for dishes so that guests can continue their wellness journey at home.


Prices start at $175 a night for glamping.



5) Nulla Nulla Blacksmiths Farm Cabin, Bellbrook

Located an hour and a half from Port Macquarie, Nulla Nulla Blacksmith Farm will take you completely off the grid. The stylishly and comfortably furnished exclusive cabin is nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in the Great Dividing Range in the hinterland of the Macleay River Valley. A total mind and body cleanse. While you digitally detox, you can enjoy a mineral salts bath overlooking the creek and enjoy all of the chemical-free produce picked by the team on the morning of your arrival. They offer restorative yoga and meditation and massages, all outdoors in this natural haven.


Prices start at $150 a night.


6) Happy Buddha Retreats, Wentworth Falls

This yoga and mindfulness experience is located in beautiful Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains, just 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney. Enjoy the fresh air, reconnect with nature and join like-minded people on a wellness journey. Each week, there are three retreat experiences that run for two nights. The core retreat program, named ‘Inner Joy’, features yoga and inspiring workshops, designed to nourish the mind and body, and ignite the spirit. The all-inclusive retreat, which serves delicious vegetarian meals, encourages guests to take time out and find their inner joy.


Prices start at $299 for a two-night retreat.