At Retreat Here, we believe technology should serve us, not enslave us. Our fancy gadgets, designed to make our lives easier, have become the cause of rising stress levels and anxiety. It is no surprise that taking a ‘ditox’ has become increasingly popular. Ditching your devices is easier said than done, so we’ve listed three unique retreats in Australia that make unplugging easier.

Cheeky Fox Retreat in Yarra Valley

A short 90 minutes drive from Melbourne’s CBD, amidst lush greenery, you will find this beautiful six-bedroom home.

Cheeky Fox Retreat offers a peaceful weekend escape away from the city for up to 12 guests. The outdoor pool and patio offer sweeping views of the valley, and are great for sundowners or yoga in summer. Mobile phone coverage can be intermittent on some networks, and guests can request to have wi-fi switched off. Enough reason for us to call this an ideal haven for a digital detox.

You can also book a pamper package or winery tour to the Yarra Valley, which is why this cheeky location is an ideal spot for a unique girls getaway or hens party near Melbourne.

Yarra Valley Accommodation for private yoga retreat hens party
Cheeky Fox Retreat, Yarra Valley

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Nestled in the dunes of Cape Range National Park you’ll find the ideal place to disconnect from modern-day life. Sal Salis is an eco-friendly safari camp with sixteen eco-luxe tents. The remote camp blends in with its natural surroundings and its location forms the ideal base to spot awe-inspiring wildlife.

Unplug at Sal Salis Safari Camp Australia
Unplug at Sal Salis Safari Camp – pic: Archie Sartracom

All tents have been designed with your comfort in mind. They provide striking views of the crystal clear waters and surrounding landscape. Due to its remote location there is no mobile phone or Wi-Fi connection (yay!). Embrace it! Of course, if there are any urgent needs, the camp has a landline.

Sal Salis Digital Detox Retreat Australia
Explore the Ningaloo Reef at Sal Salis – pic: Archie Sartracom

RESETTING YOUR OWN BATTERIES

The heart and soul of Sal Salis is the camp’s main lodge. A comfortable lounge forms the ideal spot to join fellow travellers for a chat, or read a book from the small library. In the evening, gather in the dining area for a delicious dinner and admiring the astounding number of stars in the night sky. Apparently it’s one of the best places to see Milky Way..!

Sal Salis provides an exclusive experience to really get away from the outside world. Your stay is guaranteed to reset your personal batteries, leaving you more mindful of your daily ‘screen-time’.

Gwinganna

Gwinganna, meaning ‘lookout’, sits high on a plateau in a peaceful region of the Tallebudgera Valley in Queensland. Surrounded by ocean and valley views, this well-renowned health retreat promises a tranquil haven to create stillness in your mind. The serenity beckons for some serious soul-searching and allows guests to recover from the hectic outside world.

A variety of beautiful accommodation is available for the most discerning traveller. The newest additions are three Meditation Suites, including meditation cushions and a yoga mat.

digital detox retreats in australia
Gwinganna Health Retreat, Australia – pic: courtesy of Gwinganna

The fact that there are no TV’s in the rooms will help you escape from the daily grind. Guests are encouraged to leave laptops at home and truly disconnect. Regardless of the duration of your digital detox retreat, Gwinganna’s serene environment will ensure a blissful digital detox escape, so you can tune in with yourself.

About the author: Sab is the founder of Retreat Here and Sabijn Linssen Yoga. She creates Yoga and Wine experiences to connect like-minded women in Victoria. She’s also a fully certified Yoga Instructor, offering private and corporate yoga classes in Melbourne.

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