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9 secluded Australian getaways for resetting the mind, body and soul

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There's nothing quite like reseting the mind, body and soul through a much needed holiday. Something about the combination of fresh air, mini croissants for breakfast and limited physical, (and virtual) interaction, is deeply therapeutic. Particularly when the chaos of day-to-day life has reached its peak, it's necessary to take the time for ourselves and indulge in a touch of M.I.A behaviour. For the moments where you need to go completely off-grid, we've rounded up eight of the best secluded holiday destinations in Australia.


1. Camel Beach: South Australia


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Situated on the Eyre Peninsula, Camel Beach House is a private 250 acre coastal conservation estate where the ocean is truly at your doorstep. The private getaway is far, far away (almost 8 hours, to be exact), from Adelaide cities hustle and bustle. At night, watch as the sky illuminates with the magical glow of the Milky Way; as your body soaks in the enchanting silver moonbeams. Morning sunrises and afternoon sunsets have never looked better – especially when they're spent on the houses' timber deck.


2. Captains Rest: Tasmania


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Escaping to the heritage waterfront cabin that is Captains Rest is unlike many other experiences in Australia. This two-person destination is treat for lovers of antique furnishings – filled floor to ceiling with one-of-a-kind finds. The way the afternoon sunlight reflects off the lake and shines through the cabins rustic white windows is a creation of true magic. A perfect off-grid escape if hot baths, afternoons by the fireplace and adorable ducks on your doorstep are your cup of tea.


3. Paperbark Camp: New South Wales


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The true definition of glamping, this hidden destination in the New South Wales' coastal town of Jervis Bay is a true off-grid treasure. While camping is certainly a cornerstone of holidaying here in Australia, Paperbark Camp takes it up a serious notch; providing luxury tented accomodation with all the benefits of stepping away for the everyday. Who wouldn't want to wake up engulfed in a canopy of luscious greenery every day?


4. Tiny Away: Multiple locations


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It's no secret that tiny houses are the easiest way to source off-grid holiday destinations here in Australia. While there are an overwhelming selection of locations to choose from, we're particularly drawn to the getaways on offer through Tiny Away. With one-of-a-kind stays across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, become one with nature and your surreal surrounds.


5. Wander on Kangaroo Island: South Australia


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It's no secret that Kangaroo Island is home to some of the most unmatched views in Australia, bringing together a diverse landscape of striking coastal rock formations, greenery and wildlife. So, it's no surprise that luxury off-grid travel network, Wander, looked to the magical island as one of its destinations. The sustainably crafted 'WanderPods' rest atop the northern bluff overlooking Snelling Beach and the biodiverse waters of the Great Australian Bight.

If you're desperately looking to reconnect with yourself and the land, this is undoubtedly one of the best ways to do it. There is no shortage of activities and experiences too, which means you can tailor your escape to Wander on Kangaroo Island to be exactly as you want it to be.


6. Dovecote: New South Wales


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One of the most coveted luxury estates taking over Instagram, Dovecote in Gerringong is the ocean-meets-farm stay of our dreams. Hosting two different forms of accomodation on the 150 acre estate – The Range and The Headland – Dovecote has off-grid down to a T. Both properties also offer private access to Werri Beach, lagoon and Kiama coastal trail if you feel like going for a dip. If staying in is more your bag, treat yourself to Dovecote's in-house spa services or outdoor cinema. And who could look past those sweeping ocean views...


7. Longitude 131: Northern Territory


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Set against the backdrop of the World Heritage-listed natural icons Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Longitude 131 is a once in a lifetime travel experience. While the accomodation is a drawcard on its own merits, the opportunity to be surrounded by Australia's Red Centre for miles on end is the perfect opportunity to leave the woes of every day life at home. You won't regret it.


8. Ocean House: Victoria

The home of architect Rob Mills and his family, Ocean House offers the best of both worlds; situated with both the coast and the forest at its doorstep. Located in Victoria's Lorne, the home is the perfect blend of contemporary and coastal design. And for those lusting over this off-grid escape as much as we are, the great news is that it's available to enjoy whenever the family isn't there. The seven-bedroom home can be rented out in its entirety, or you can opt for the apartment option for a more secluded getaway.


9. Capella Lodge: Lord Howe Island


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If you're searching for off-the-radar luxury, Capella Lodge on Lorde Howe Island is the ultimate island castaway escape. Tucked away at the foot of the towering Mounts Gower and Lidgbird, this destination offers unbelievable views of of the ocean, subtropical reef and rolling green pastures. Put simply, it's one of those off-grid destinations in Australia you need to see to believe; and best believe, we intend to (one day).

If you're after more one-of-a-kind travel destinations in Australia, look to our guide of the 10 unique travel experiences you should have on your bucket list.

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