Mindfulness and healthy living are the buzzwords of 2014. Whether your intention is to get active, detoxify, de-stress or maybe you just need a little peace and serenity to regain balance on your next break, Australia has plenty of healthy destinations.

Daintree, Far North QLD: oxygenate in ancient rainforests

Spending time in the Daintree’s ancient Gondwana rainforest can be a serene, healing and spiritual experience. The towering fig trees, hoop pines and king ferns are the aromatic and scenic backdrop for restful contemplation, while the pure rainforest air oxygenates and detoxifies your body. The Mossman River Gorge Visitor Centre underwent a multi million dollar renovation a few years ago, and is a great place to start exploring. Shuttles operate from the centre to the Gorge and the Kuku Yalanji people run daily Ngadiky Dream Gorge Walks.

Cradle Mountain: revitalise and renew in the wilderness

The mountainous wild heartland of Tasmania, with its misty primeval forests, vast button grass plains, rugged mountainous backdrop and deep pristine lakes, is an idyllic location for a wilderness retreat. It’s a place where Mother Nature melts away your worries and the living museum of birds, wildlife, plants and forests uplift your senses. Whether you spend the days hiking and exploring or treating yourself to a hot bath at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, you’ll leave relaxed and revitalised. The words from Cradle Mountain pioneer Gustav Weindorfer sum up the region perfectly “This is Waldheim (forest home), where there is no time and nothing matters.”

Margaret River: the perfect blend Of balance

Pilates and Pinot anyone? Sophisticated and luxurious yet informal and down to earth, the Margaret River is a perfect escape for those seeking a bit more balance (and a good sweat) from the typical wine country itinerary. The natural beauty, fresh coastal air, gorgeous vineyards and high concentration of wellness centres make Margaret River a sanctum for people seeking health and wellbeing. It’s a way to enjoy a wine country with a new perspective, a place where you can work your core and swill the local goods. The Pullman Bunker Bay Resort’s lake view rooms have terraces that look straight out onto the water – the spot perfect for sundowners.

Daylesford, VIC: healing waters and decadent spa’s

Daylesford and its adjoining village Hepburn Springs represent the ultimate in regional indulgence and relaxation, just an hour and a half from Melbourne. You can soak in one of the 72 health-giving mineral springs and for an unforgettable experience you could book into one of the 30 spas, wellness retreats or healing centres in the area. The Peppers Mineral Spas Hotel has a stunning spa on site.

If you’re not a spa goer don’t worry, Daylesford serves up a platter of diverse healthy options. Nourish your soul (and stomach) sampling local produce, wandering the fields of a local lavender farm or perusing quaint shops. Get active in the great outdoors with horse riding or bushwalking in the Wombat State Forest. There is something for everyone.

Byron Bay, Northern NSW: where wellness, serenity And fertility permeates

Celebrating all the elements of a healthy Australian beach lifestyle, from fresh farmers markets, lush rainforest hikes and organic cafés to pristine oceans and endless golden beaches, Byron Bay is a bustling hub for all things health and wellness.

You can make the first foot prints on the white sandy Main Beach on a sunrise run, try the early morning surf, practice yoga to the sound of the ocean, enrol in a local meditation course, get your aura read at a crystal castle or drop in at the weekend Bangalow markets.

Byron Bay and its surrounding hinterland has plenty of health havens where you can feast on fresh organic food, sip on freshly pressed juices followed up with a luxurious spa treatment. At The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, daily complimentary yoga takes place next to the pool and is a great way to start the day. No matter what your definition of a healthy destination, Byron Bay promises a laid back healthy getaway – for all to enjoy.

Burleigh Heads, QLd: where a laid back beach lifestyle is considered mainstream

With a cult coffee scene, rich surf culture, earthy markets and cafes serving up green juices, rumour on the street is that Burleigh Heads is fast becoming the new Byron Bay. Burleigh has year round balmy weather and with that brings a more healthy and active lifestyle. It’s a place where runners and walkers rise with the sun and the laid back locals greet you with an enthusiastic ‘g’day’ as they scan the coastline for the perfect surf break.

Hamilton Island, Whitsundays QLD: a balance of opulent luxury and tropical nurturing

A place where coconut palms sway in the ocean breeze and turquoise waters gently lap the white sands, Hamilton Island is an oasis of health and well-being. Capturing the spirit of tropical island living, elements of the ocean influence the restaurant menus, spa treatments and daily activities. Take a swim in the healing minerals of the Coral Sea, explore nature and island life, refresh with a swim in one of the tropical pools, dose up on vitamin D as you kayak the turquoise waters, spoil yourself with a salt therapy treatment or enjoy healthy fresh food with your feet in the sand. Revitalise yourself by falling in rhythm to the island way of life.

Kangaroo Island: an abundance of fresh produce for the foodie

This small island has virtually no mainstream development, allowing small farms to produce a wide range of wholefoods and their crops to flourish. Spend time exploring Kangaroo Island’s local food trail, collecting seasonal products such as free-range eggs, fruits and vegetables, fresh honey, olive oil, native jams, smoked fish, sauces and marinades. You can also drop in and buy fresh seafood virtually anywhere on the island.

With all this fresh and wholesome produce abundantly on offer, you won’t be craving the convenience of refined, processed or fast food. Spend a week eating wholefoods and your body will thank you. While you’re there stock up on eucalyptus oil at one of the 48 eucalyptus stills, eucalyptus oil is one of the best natural home cleaners you can buy – good for your health and the planet.

Jindabyne, NSW: get active and explore the high country

The lure of NSW’s high country is irresistible to many and is the perfect spot for a breather from the hectic city pace. Nestled in the heart of NSW’s pristine alpine environment, Jindabyne serves up four seasons of health and wellness. In the winter you can get a decadent fireside massage to soothe tired muscles after a long day of skiing or snowboarding. In the summer months you can lace up your hiking boots and climb Australia’s highest mountain. During your stay you may also want to try your hand at mountain biking, canoeing, water-skiing or trout fishing.

Kakadu, NT: use the elements of nature to rebalance and de-stress

Time spent in nature is time well spent – spending a few days amongst the elements of nature is a great way to clear the head and rid the stress of city life. Experience the sights and sounds of Kakadu; swimming in fresh water gorges, listening to the morning chorus of Magpie Geese, watching full-grown buffalo splashing its way through the floodplains. Renowned for its six seasons, waterfalls, wetlands, wildlife and indigenous culture, this is a destination where you can breathe in the spirit of Australia and connect with the oldest living culture on earth. For a truly memorable getaway, experience the authentic Kakadu by staying in the heart of the wilderness at one of the various safari tents, wilderness lodges or eco cabins. Kakadu is a sanctuary for nature lovers and those wild at heart.