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We’re living in a world where we are glued to technology and we easily work more than eight hours a day so it’s no wonder that more people are seeking out sanctuaries where they can switch off for a while, relax and invigorate their mind, body and soul.  So if you’re in need of some pampering and relaxation, here are five of the best spas in Australia.

Gwinganna Spa Sanctuary – Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland

The Gwinganna Spa Sanctuary is an exclusive 33-room facility at the Gwinganna Lifestyle retreat, nestled in the Gold Coast hinterland.  The spa sanctuary is completely surrounded by nature and includes an amethyst crystal steam room, couples rooms and outdoor decks with magnificent views of natural wildlife, flora and fauna.  They offer stress management sessions, wellness consultations, spa therapies and the spa sanctuary is also completely self-sufficient in water consumption.  It’s no wonder this place received rave reviews from Hugh Jackman.

Gaia Day Spa – Gaia Retreat, Byron Bay, Queensland

The award winning Gaia Day Spa is part of the Gaia Retreat, founded by Olivia Newton-John and set on 25 acres in the Byron Bay Hinterland.  With some of the finest healers and therapists in Australia, this day spa is not to be missed.  They use freshly blended products from local suppliers and their own organic garden and offer a range of specialised treatments including a package specially designed for men.  You don’t have to stay at the retreat to enjoy the spa – day guests are also welcome and have access to the pool, spa and sauna.

Waldheim Alpine Spa – Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

In the wilderness of Cradle Mountain, Tasmania you’ll find the Waldheim Alpine Spa, part of the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.  Set amongst tall pine trees and fresh mountain streams the spa offers a huge range of treatments that cater for everyone including couples and pregnant women.  The Sanctuary is a therapeutic area of the spa that has a steam room, plunge pool, sauna and a hot tub and can be hired out for private use.

Healing Waters Spa – Silky Oaks Lodge, Mossman, Queensland

Healing Waters Spa is part of the Silky Oaks Lodge and is situated in the Daintree Forest – the oldest living rainforest on earth.  Surrounded by tranquil gardens and lush greenery this spa uses clay from the earth and plant extracts for therapy treatments as well as the all-natural, chemical free skincare range Sodashi.  They offer a wide range of treatments including chakra balancing with crystals, harmonic sound healing and Reiki.  Indulge in a romantic spa ritual with your partner and soak in a mud bath as you gaze out to the rainforest.

Hepburn Bathhouse and Day Spa – Daylesford, Victoria

Nestled in the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve and just a short distance to picturesque Daylesford is the Hepburn Bathhouse and Day Spa.  As well as having various communal hydrotherapies including a steam room and salt therapy pool, they also have a more intimate experience on offer in the day spa where there are private healing mineral baths and a huge range of relaxing and invigorating treatments to choose from.  Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa has just been named Best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa in Australia and Oceania for 2014.

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