[Recommended for autumn and winter] Australia's best 10 spa hotels
AUSTRALIA'S TOP 10 HOTEL SPAS
The Darling, Sydney, NSW
This fancy, meandering 16-room spa features a couples' room and a tiled hamam. Treatments range from 15-minute pick-me-ups to three hour journeys. Products used include Li'tya, which is made from Australian native plants.
Byron at Byron, Byron Bay, NSW
This spa has six treatment rooms and an open-air hot tub to immerse yourself in before your pamper session. The treatments reflect “the spirit of Byron” and include the likes of the Rainforest Body Ritual and the Native Flora Journey.
Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, Daylesford, Victoria
This iconic bathhouse has been welcoming visitors since 1895 to bathe in the region's mineral waters. You can relax in the traditional communal bathing pools, a salt therapy pool and the aroma steam room before trying a facial, massage or wrap treatment.
qualia, Hamilton Island, Queensland
This attractive spa has six treatment rooms, a sunken Roman bath, outdoor shower and relaxation area. One of the best treatments on offer is the Bullari Yarrul, a hot stone massage using stones that are 300 million years old.
Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW
This elegant spa has six double treatment rooms with private Japanese-style soaking tubs. During winter months a massive stone fireplace in the relaxation room creates a cosy atmosphere.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
At this spa you can soak in the hot tub while admiring towering King Billy pines and fresh mountain streams that run through the wilderness.
Park Hyatt, Sydney, NSW
This recently opened spa is an urban retreat nestled in the historic Rocks area. One of the best treatments is the spa champagne afternoon tea, which combines massages and desserts.
Silky Oaks Lodge, Daintree, Queensland
Set in lush tropical gardens, this spa has been inspired by “the spirit of the Daintree” – the oldest living rainforest on Earth.
Gwinganna, Gold Coast, Queensland
This gorgeous spa is housed in a circular wooden building that you enter via a “water curtain” that is fitted with a sensor that cuts the flow as you approach. Large glass doors open out on to 33 treatment rooms arranged in a giant “healing circle ”And connected by an open-air walkway.
Lake Crackenback Resort, Crackenback, NSW
Surrounded by crisp alpine wilderness, this spa has five treatment rooms that feature organic cotton sheets, soft bamboo robes and mountain views.