Australia – Clear your mind during a wellness break in Sydney

Reconnect with yourself (and your travelling companions) as you revive and rejuvenate in the city’s sleek wellness centres and refuel at mindful eateries, all while soaking up Sydney’s beautiful natural surrounds.

Transform yourself before breakfast

Feel like your very best self by starting the day with a session in a hyperbaric chamber at Bionik in the hip inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, breathing in oxygen-rich air to help reduce inflammation and boost muscle recovery. Or get your glow on in an infrared sauna studio at Nimbus, in the wellness hotspot of Bondi, before an invigorating dip in the ocean at Bondi Beach.

Nurture your holistic health with a wholesome breakfast at Kawa Cafe, on Crown Street in Surry Hills — eat heartily knowing the food and drinks Kawa serves up are all ethically sourced and accredited by Choose Wisely. Or add fuel to your inner fire with a warm salad bowl of super-fresh seasonal goodness in the leafy courtyard at Daily Greens in Paddington, a few minutes’ drive from Surry Hills.

Indulge in some retail therapy after your leisurely breakfast: wander along Surry Hills’s Crown Street to discover beautiful boutiques and local lifestyle products such as Elms Store, where you can lose yourself in a great selection of wellness books and homewares. Pamper your skin with naturopathic potions and oils at Luna Beauty & Apothecary and set yourself up for future happiness with ethical and sustainable products for slow living at Provider Store.

Clear your mind as you relax in a zero-gravity lightless, soundless float pod at Sydney Float Centre in Darlinghurst. Or unwind while developing your flexibility and awareness of your body in space in a Sky-Lab Aerial Yoga Stretch class in Surry Hills.

Restore energy with a leisurely lunch

Nourish your body after a memorable morning with a delicious plant-based lunch. On weekends, indulge in a long lunch by ordering the tasting menu at award-winning vegan restaurant Yellow in Potts Point, just down the road from Kings Cross.

Still digesting a big vegan breakfast and want something much lighter? Savour a herbal elixir, nourishing raw food treat or organic juice to tide you over until dinner at Orchard St.’s Elixir Bar on Glenmore Road in Paddington. And find something fabulous to match the new you at Glenmore Road’s The Intersection, a cluster of Australian fashion designer boutiques.

Feel yourself drawn to the soothing sounds of waves crashing onto sandy shores and settle in to dine on elevated plant-based share plates in the courtyard garden each weekend at Eden Bondi, across the road from Bondi Beach and next to quirky designer hotel QT Bondi.

Enjoy some ‘me time’ in the afternoon

Wash away your everyday concerns with an indulgent afternoon at The Day Spa by Chuan at The Langham, Sydney near Barangaroo in the city centre. Refresh with dip in the Langham’s 20-metre heated indoor swimming pool under a dome painted as a star-filled evening sky, then relax and recharge with a one-hour, full-body Nourishing Wellness Massage that will leave every inch of your skin feeling moisturised and strengthened.

Share your wellness journey with your loved one in an exclusive couples spa suite at The Darling hotel at The Star in Pyrmont, across a pedestrian bridge from Barangaroo. Relax into a Dihlbi facial, which uses powerful serums, created using ancient Aboriginal knowledge of native botanicals by Australian brand Li’Tya, to leave your skin looking its best.

Settle in for the long haul with Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s Urban Wellness Escape package, which includes a stay in a luxe suite (complete with a Peloton bike), three-hour in-suite spa treatments for two, wellness dinners, private sunrise yoga and more.

Welcome Australian native botanicals into your wellness regimen at Chi, The Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel in The Rocks. Luxuriate with a wattleseed scrub and pink clay wrap as well as a massage and cleansing facial over more than three glorious hours during a Journey Down Under treatment featuring products by renowned local brand Sodashi.

Bask in the restorative powers of a hammam-inspired steam room during SpaQ’s epic six-hour Metamorphosis treatment, which includes a body wrap, massage, lunch and a facial, at QT Sydney, in the very heart of the city.

Or set up base at Paramount House Hotel, which occupies the former Paramount Studios building in Surry Hills, and stretch out with locals in the know at the rooftop Paramount Recreation Club, which features a fitness pavilion and treatment rooms.

Wind down with a nourishing dinner

Pacify any carnivores in your travelling group while you relish plant-based fare at Alibi Bar & Dining at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo hotel, which presents Mediterranean-style vegetarian dishes alongside more carnivorous choices.

Wash down flavour-packed vegan Mexican with a glass of natural wine at Bad Hombres in Surry Hills, where sour cream is swapped out for pureed cashews and the tacos feature miso eggplant and mushrooms.

Or savour deceptively simple farm-to-table cooking at Fred’s, on Paddington’s Oxford Street, complemented by a selection of organic and biodynamic wines in the beautifully styled restaurant. After dinner, head downstairs to Charlie Parker’s for a nightcap, or head back to your hotel to get your beauty sleep.

Dine thoughtfully on sustainably caught fresh seafood dishes such as Sydney rock oysters and char-grilled Clarence River octopus at, overlooking Darling Harbour in Barangaroo. End the evening with a nightcap of non-alcoholic wine or cocktail at the Untied rooftop bar, also in Barangaroo — the Nogroni cocktail, made with alcohol-free Lyre’s Dry London Spirit, is practically a health drink.