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Australian day spa experiences you never knew existed

Ultimate spa experiences you never knew existed in Australia.

By Ute Junker

Ready to unwind? Then you have come to the right place. Whether you find yourself in a big city or on a tropical island, Australia’s indulgent spas are known for their unusual treatments. From a massage that takes place in tropical waters to a treatment that includes didgeridoo healing, these spa sensations are guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate you.

Top spots for rest and relaxation

Moroccan Hammam Ritual, the Darling Spa, Sydney

Hands-down Sydney's sexiest spa, The Darling Spa is also the only place in town offering this Moroccan-inspired treatment that will leave you feeling cleaner than you ever have before. Stretch out on a heated black marble slab while a therapist first cleans you with Moroccan black soap then follows up with a full body exfoliation, a full body clay mask and a scalp massage. Spend some time relaxing in the Zen Lounge before concluding with a full body massage.

Tribal Dreaming, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Gold Coast

Only in Australia can you experience a spa treatment that starts with a forest walk and an intention ceremony and also includes didgeridoo healing. The Tribal Dreaming experience, exclusive to Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland, is a 2.5 hour experience designed to awaken your creativity and energy while soothing your mind, body and soul. An 80-minute massage is also included.  

Cellular Hydrating Facial, Aurora Spa, Melbourne

They take their spas seriously in Melbourne, and St Kilda’s Aurora Spa has won a devoted following for treatments that combine indulgent pampering with solid results. The Cellular Hydrating Facial is no exception. Along with cleansing, exfoliation and moisturising, the treatment includes a surprisingly soothing ice facial massage – great for circulation – as well as relaxing massages for your scalp, hands and feet.

Crystalus Massage, Chi Spa, Sydney

The Crystalus massage at Chi Spa, a sumptuous Asian-inspired retreat in Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel, is billed as a rebalance for your body and mind, harnessing the power of Australian healing stones as well as intention setting. Tiger iron stones, a combination of tiger eye and hematite, are used in the massage which also stimulates your chakras, or energy centres, using stones such as amethyst, mookaite, red jasper and rhyolite.