One of the most famous spa regions in Australia is Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. Known for its wide selection of spas, health retreats and natural mineral water springs, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges boast luxurious spas and beauty centres all set within the beauty of the rolling green countryside and prisitine eucalypt forests. Located just an hour and half from Melbourne, Daylesford and the nearby town of Hepburn Springs are home to over eighty percent of Australia's natural mineral water springs.

Not only is Byron Bay one of Australia's favourite holiday destinations, the town and surrounding hinterland is also home to a large number of health spas, naturopaths and yoga centres. Wategoes Beach is home to one of Byron's most deluxe spa retreats, while Belongil Beach houses several spas, holistic retreats and beauty centres. Lennox Head, Suffolk Park and Bangalow all make great bases for a spa holiday.

Just north of Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and surrounding hinterland is fast becoming a popular location for spas. Just a short trip from the centre of the Gold Coast, visitors can be indulging in pampering beauty therapies, organic meals and healthy activities. The upmarket hotels of the Gold Coast also feature popular day spas and health retreats.

Tropical North Queensland boasts stunning beaches, amazing rainforests, rugged mountain ranges and the spectacular beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. The area encompassing Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas is also well known as being one of Australia's original destinations for visiting spas, naturopaths, detox centres and beauty therapists.

Palm Cove is one of the region's most popular resort towns and boasts a number of excellent day spas offering amazing treatments in beautiful surroundings. The bustling holiday centre of Port Douglas is similarly equipped with health spas. Spa retreats in the hinterland near Port Douglas and further north in the Daintree Rainforest, make for eco-friendly centres devoted to refreshing experiences. Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas all make great bases for a visit to the many spas of Tropical North Queensland.

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- Some of Australia's best spa locations: 

1. The Gold Coast Hinterland (left)

2. Palm Cove (top right)

3. Daylesford (bottom middle)

4. Byron Bay (bottom right)