In Need of Some Peace and Quiet? Make For These 6 Retreats
Everyone needs some R&R out occasionally, where you are able to have some time to log out, switch off and simply relax.
How you choose to get your fix of peace and quiet is up to you, no matter if it's taking an hour to meditate, head out on a run, or fill a bathtub with hot water and essential oils. But when you're looking for some time out that also delivers on your hankering for a midweek or weekend retreat, then booking a getaway - either in your home state or another state - can definitely do the trick. Finding an escape away from any hustle and bustle can be as easy as booking a stay located on a rural property or one that has been cleverly designed to keep it away from neighbours and prying eyes. Explore this tranquil escapes below to discover your next serene stay.
Cladich Pavilions, Adelaide Hills SA
With its lush landscape and small town atmosphere, the Adelaide Hills already make a peaceful getaway out of the city – and this sense of seclusion is only amplified at Cladich Pavilions. This trio of iron-clad pavilions are tucked at the back of a quiet property in Aldgate, and their conjoining layout means travellers can book one, two or all of the retreats. And while a glass-enclosed walkways connects the stays, all have their own private entrance. Two of the hideaways – The Dunes and The Gums – also have a private, native bushland-facing deck where guests can lose themselves in a good book, sip at a morning coffee, or graze on a charcuterie board made up of local Adelaide Hills produce.
13A on the Lake, Daylesford VIC
The location of 13A on the Lake is key to its tranquillity. It is set away from Daylesford’s main street and on a gentle rolling hill, meaning that the only foot traffic generally passing the front door are locals or travellers staying in that street. A section of Peace Mile path (the track that wraps around Lake Daylesford) runs along the bottom of the property, but a good bit of backyard and grassy reserve – plus a secure gate – separates the house and walkers. One of the best times to appreciate the beauty and calm of this Lake Daylesford location is early in the morning – between 7 and 8am. Set your alarm to rouse you from your slumber, pop on the kettle and shuffle out onto the deck with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. You’ll be rewarded with views across the still lake and a complete sense of calm.
Tanja Lagoon Camp, Tanja NSW
Nothing says seclusion quite like a tent in the great outdoors. However, if you’re the type to usually turn up your nose at the thought of camping, then one of the luxe lodgings at Tanja Lagoon Camp could be just what changes your mind. This string of safari-style tents is spaced out along the banks of Middle Lagoon on New South Wales’ South Coast. The spacious tents are more akin to studio apartments and have queen beds, a lounge area, ensuite, kitchenette, and private water-facing deck with barbecue. One tent can accommodate a family, with kids sleeping on swag beds.
Stowaway KI, Kangaroo Island SA
Sneak away to the restorative scenery and sea air on Kangaroo Island at these couples’ havens. Stowaway KI’s retreats have been designed to give loved-up duos the ultimate escape. The two one-bedroom havens sit on an isolated property, flaunting spectacular ocean and pasture views. The stays are set well away from one another, giving all guests ample privacy. In each stowaway, couples will find a contemporary fit-out that comes complete with a self-contained kitchen, a double-sided fireplace, and a gorgeous marble ensuite. The spotlight-stealer is the Scandi-style sauna, but there is also a sunken hot tub on the deck if you prefer soaking to steaming.
COAST HOUSE Tasmania, Lymington TAS
A 15-hectare estate on a pristine Tasmanian peninsula sounds pretty private, right? It is, and it is exactly what you can expect from COAST House Tasmania. This exclusive escape is as serene as secluded stays come and this tranquil experience begins from the moment you drop your bags in one of two bedrooms. While COAST HOUSE Tasmania can sleep up to four guests, couples may be reluctant to share this architect-designed beauty with anyone else. With its waterfront views, wood-burning fireplace, and healthy stock of provisions in the kitchen, this home provides an ultimate romantic hideaway. There are also kayaks and walking paths for use.
Qii House Eco Retreat, Lorne VIC
Hidden away in the Great Otway National Park along the Great Ocean Road, Qii House Eco Retreat has been designed to connect its guests with their inner Zen. Interiors have been laid out in keeping with Feng Shui principles, and even the gardens have been designed to promote good energy and harmony. The lush Japanese-inspired gardens wouldn’t look out of place at the most serene day spa. There are spaces for meditation and relaxation, places for quiet reflection, and a timber pavilion kitted with an outdoor bathtub – perfect for soaking away stress in the most tranquil of alfresco settings. Thanks to its nature neighbours, Qii House Eco Retreat has many walking tracks and trails nearby to explore.