We all crave a little R & R sometimes, but most importantly- it’s what we need. With hard work ethic the norm, we’re constantly pushing our mind and bodies to the brink, paying little attention to nurturing ourselves. Alas, the perfect balance between hard work and play has finally been uncovered. Enter: Golden Door Health Retreat.

Nestled into the stunning Hunter Valley hinterland of NSW, the wellness retreat offers no better remedy to avoid a dreaded case of corporate burnout. Renowned for practising life balance – the picturesque escape hosts exercise sessions, seminars with guest speakers, fully catered nutritious meals and a wellness spa to keep your schedule focused on the most important thing – you.

Limiting use of technology, the retreats main aim is stepping away from the distractions of day-to-day life. So, be prepared to shut off emails and instead replace them with inhales and exhales. This is the epitome of ‘me time’, where reconnecting with you is the most significant of all wellness aspects.

GM of Golden Door, Brigid Walsh, discovered her passion for holistic wellness after learning the detrimental impacts of a life of only hard work. Now, dedicating her wellness beliefs to helping others, Brigid lives by the mantra of ‘having enough energy at the end of the working day to put into the things that I love’.

Meaning? Burnouts are what leads to a life lesser lived. With our attention focused solely on work, the distractions leave little spare time to truly tend to makes us happy, healthy and ready for work. After all, when ‘you’re happier, you’re more open to opportunities. And that’s what your career is: a series of opportunities and hard work’ adds Brigid.

‘having enough energy at the end of the working day to put into the things that I love’

With yoga, mediation and a vast array of programs run daily for the fitness-minded or a peaceful library for those requiring a much-needed time out, Golden door caters to all essential wellness needs for both your mind & body.

On arrival you’ll be greeted with the most stunning sight ever- a balcony view sprawling over hundreds of kilometres of luscious green hinterland, complimented by fresh country air. If you’re not already about to hit the ‘book now’ button, then maybe knowing that you’ll be dining on wholesome organic recipes crafted by nutritionists will be your undoing.

With exercise, nutrition and relaxation the cornerstones of the Golden Door philosophy, this new ACC favourite proves exactly why a holistic approach for mind, body and spirit gives you that extra little perk to enrich your day-to-day life. So, grab your best girlfriends for a group getaway or truly tune out by attending solo. You can thank us later.



Kaitlyn Smith

Kaitlyn’s an avid traveller & foodie, who when not off spontaneously discovering new parts of the world, is often busy with her nose buried in books & eyes glued to documentaries. Having a passion for writing since she was a teen, Kaitlyn dabbled in other industries, but truly found her voice, confidence & creativity when she was living in NYC & LA. She’s a health & wellness lover who credits her sanity & day-to-day functioning to her daily exercise routine. She’s a believer in a balanced life so, when she’s not sweating it out, she can usually be found cooped up in her favourite cafe with her best girlfriends, turmeric latte in hand & a smile from ear to ear.