Baked Ricotta with Honey & Thyme

Baked Ricotta with Honey & Thyme

Thyme isn’t just a flavourful herb that adds depth to dishes; it’s also packed with health benefits that make it a valuable addition to any meal. Thyme is rich in antioxidants and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its medicinal...
New Offering: Nature Meditation

New Offering: Nature Meditation

Billabong Retreat is proud to announce the arrival of Right Relations, using the ‘Elemental Stations’ in collaboration with Kelly Phoenix Rose. March has provide the “go” button for Kelly to start offering a guided, 60 minute, complimentary, nature meditation practice...
Cucumber & Radish Pickles

Cucumber & Radish Pickles

Pickled foods are great for gut health due to their rich probiotic content. The process of pickling involves fermentation, a natural preservation method that encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria, such as lactobacilli. These live microorganisms reach the gut...
New Year’s Eve Celebration

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Billabong Retreat held a special retreat to celebrate New Year’s Eve Retreat Hosts Lacie and Natalie led their group for 6 days and 5 nights in what was described by guests as a “life-transforming experience.” Activities included; nature walks, yoga...
Adam’s Holiday Cookies

Adam’s Holiday Cookies

As the festive season unfolds, what better way to infuse your home with the spirit of the holidays than by indulging in the delightful aroma and taste of freshly baked cookies. Head Chef Adam’s cookies are a celebration of tradition, sweetness and seasonal flavours...
Banana & Sticky Date Mini Cakes

Banana & Sticky Date Mini Cakes

As the festive season approaches, there’s no need to compromise on taste or well-being. These yummy mini cakes bring together the goodness of wholesome ingredients with the feeling of holiday magic. Bursting with seasonal spices, sweetened with natural goodness,...
Windows to Wellness: The Fascinating World of Iridology

Windows to Wellness: The Fascinating World of Iridology

In the pursuit of holistic well-being, various alternative healing methods have gained popularity, one of which is iridology. Often referred to as the study of the iris, iridology involves examining the patterns, colours and structures of the eyes to gain insights...
Embracing Biodynamics for a Sustainable Future

Embracing Biodynamics for a Sustainable Future

Biodynamic farming is a holistic and sustainable approach to agriculture that goes beyond conventional organic farming. Developed in the early 20th century by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, biodynamic farming is based on the belief that a farm is a...
The Key to Conscious Christmas Gifting

The Key to Conscious Christmas Gifting

Christmas brings joy, festivities, and a sense of togetherness. It is a time to show appreciation and gratitude for the people we love the most and those who have supported us throughout the year.  At Billabong Retreat we support the concept of ‘conscious gifting.’ A...
Unveiling the Seasonal Secrets to Wellness

Your Nervous System Can Be Damaging Your Cycle

Mums, you will understand me. All of a sudden you have birthed a new level of love but it has come with a new level of stress –  a menstrual nightmare. “Why are you doing this to me”  – I definitely have said that a few times. This has to change. Your...
Slow roasted pumpkin with sage, garlic & rosemary

Slow roasted pumpkin with sage, garlic & rosemary

Billabong Retreat Head Chef Adam Lord shares his famous baked pumpkin recipe.  Pumpkins offer a variety of health benefits due to their nutritional content and unique phytochemicals. Health benefits of consuming pumpkin incude: Nutrient-Rich: Pumpkins are low in...
Salted Date Caramel & Tahini Chocolate Slice

Salted Date Caramel & Tahini Chocolate Slice

This healthy caramel slice tastes heavenly. It’s gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free. Annette Robinson (The Omsai Ayurveda) prepared this at a recent staff event and it was a real treat. Having healthy snacks on hand can be a great way to increase...
8 Reasons To Try A Hot Stone Massage

8 Reasons To Try A Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a type of therapeutic massage that involves the use of heated stones to enhance relaxation, relieve muscle tension, and promote overall well-being.  The stones are smooth and flat and typically made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains...
Health Benefits of Winter Baths

Health Benefits of Winter Baths

Taking a bath in winter can be especially comforting and beneficial for your health. If you don’t have a bath at home why not join us on retreat this winter? All of the Deluxe Cabins feature both indoor and outdoor tubs with complementary epsom salts to improve sleep...
Chocolate Buckwheat Brownies GF, V

Chocolate Buckwheat Brownies GF, V

Buckwheat is a highly nutritious grain-like seed that has been consumed for centuries. At Billabong Retreat we love cooking and baking with buckwheat due to its rich nutritional profile:   Highly Nutritious: Buckwheat is a good source of essential nutrients,...
Spotlight on Iridology 

Spotlight on Iridology 

What is iridology? Iridology is a practice that involves analysing the iris (coloured part of the eye), pupil, and sclera (white of the eye). The patterns, colors, markings and other characteristics of the eye are used to gain insights into a person’s overall...
Almond Meal Choc Chip Cookies

Almond Meal Choc Chip Cookies

At Billabong Retreat we love cooking and baking with almonds. As well as being delicious, almonds are nutrient-dense nuts and offer a wide range of health benefits. Almonds are great for: Heart Health: Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, which are considered...
5 Best Winter Soup Recipes

5 Best Winter Soup Recipes

By Amelia Phillips There’s nothing better than a hearty bowl of soup on a cold winter day. When the temperature drops, it’s time to put soups and stews back on the menu.  If you need some winter meal inspiration, I’ve got you covered! From vegetarian-friendly soups to...
Spiced Red Lentil Soup with Coriander Lemon Drizzle

Spiced Red Lentil Soup with Coriander Lemon Drizzle

At Billabong Retreat we love cooking with red lentils as they offer many health benefits due to their nutrient content.  Rich in Fiber: Red lentils are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Consuming an adequate amount of fiber promotes healthy digestion, aids in...
Healthy Carrot Cake with Passionfruit Icing

Healthy Carrot Cake with Passionfruit Icing

Our Head Chef Adam and Cook Oriana have created the most delicious carrot cake and we have the recipe for you. Carrots are not only delicious, but also offer a number of health benefits and that is why we love to bake with them. Some of the key health benefits of...
What is a sound bath meditation?

What is a sound bath meditation?

A sound bath is a type of meditative practice that involves immersing yourself in tones and vibrations of instruments like singing bowls, gongs and chimes. The vibrations and frequencies of the sounds can help to induce a deep state of relaxation, reduce stress and...
Time For A Digital Detox

Time For A Digital Detox

We spend so much of our lives fixated on our screens. We work all day on our computers, transit to and from work with our mobile devices and finish the day in front of the TV. There can be some negative effects associated with looking at screens for extended periods...
Morning Golden Elixir

Morning Golden Elixir

Every morning we prepare our healing turmeric based Golden Elixir for our guests. The main ingredient turmeric has many health benefits. These include: -Anti-inflammatory properties: Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids, with the most important one being...
Yoga is a practice for everyone

Yoga is a practice for everyone

Yoga is a practice for everybody… And it is much more than just a physical practice. When most people think of yoga, they think of a series of strenuous, physical postures. Yoga is also a mental, and spiritual practice. It originated in ancient India over 5,000...
Easter Pear & Ginger Polenta Cake

Easter Pear & Ginger Polenta Cake

Easter Pear & Ginger Polenta Cake Our head chef Adam shares of of his favourite cake to bake over the easter break….   Ingredients: 450gm Almond meal 450gm Polenta 6tsp Gluten free baking powder 1.5tsp Baking soda 1/4tsp Salt 300ml Sunflower oil 600gm...
Reset your Circadian Rhythm

Reset your Circadian Rhythm

The circadian rhythm is a natural, internal process that regulates the body’s sleep-wake cycle and other physiological processes over a 24-hour period. It is commonly referred to as the “body clock” and is controlled by a group of cells in the...
Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is almost an everyday recipe in 2023. We certainly didn’t create this recipe, but we have added a touch of Billabong for your enjoyment.   Apart from tasting great, there’s a story. On a hot summer afternoon, one of our kitchen team was...
Renovation Update 2023

Renovation Update 2023

We renovated our cosy Cottage Rooms and our Treehouses in January. u INFORMATION Prices Testimonials  Day Retreats Gift Vouchers Spa Options FAQ's Booking Terms Blog Location  Retreat Programs Yoga Retreats Meditation Retreats Mindfulness Retreats Wellness Retreats...
Billabong Breakfast Bowl

Billabong Breakfast Bowl

The Billabong Breakfast bowl is packed full of goodness. A healthy breakfast fuels the mind and body with energy needed for a busy day. Our bowl is filled with healthy fats, fresh fruit and is naturally sweet. We like to enjoy this recipe year round. Serve the Berry...
Red Lentil Dahl with Seasonal Vegetables

Red Lentil Dahl with Seasonal Vegetables

Red Lentil Dahl with Seasonal Vegetables – By Billabong Chef, Susan Thomson   Dahl is the perfect nourishing meal any time of year. In summer, serve alongside raw and lightly cooked vegetables, while in winter it pairs perfectly with garlicky braised greens...
The Importance of Intention Setting

The Importance of Intention Setting

Do you want to live a more meaningful life? We suggest setting intentions to help you achieve your goals and create the life you want. Define what you want to accomplish and align your thoughts, feelings, and actions with your goals. When you set your intentions, you...
Warm Almond Orange Cake

Warm Almond Orange Cake

Our Cook Oriana shares her delicious cake recipe. Preheat oven 190C Ingredients: -2 medium oranges, fresh whole with rind on -1 1/4 tsp baking powder -12 tablespoons of egg replacer (I recommend the Organ Gluten Free Egg Replacer Mix brand) -1 1/4 cups coconut sugar...
Celebrate Christmas Sustainably

Celebrate Christmas Sustainably

At Billabong Retreat we love to give gifts, celebrate and share. However, we are always trying to be mindful about our impact on the environment. This festive season we are sharing our top 10 tips on how we celebrate Christmas in a sustainable way. Give Gift Vouchers...
Jolly Vegan Choc-Mint Slice

Jolly Vegan Choc-Mint Slice

Jolly Vegan Choc Mint slice from the Billabong Kitchen to your Christmas table. Our cook Oriana often makes this Vegan Choc-Peppermint Slice and it is always a hit amongst our guests. We think it is the ultimate after dinner mint. Try the recipe at home and let us...
Day Retreat Special Package

Day Retreat Special Package

Visit us for a Day Retreat before December 23, 2022 and save $80 with this special offer. Indulged in a relaxation massage, reiki session, nutritious lunch, yoga class and wellness workshops for only $295 per person. We know it isn’t always easy to get the night...
Billabong Poached Pear

Billabong Poached Pear

Billabong Retreat Head Chef Adam shares his delicious Poached Pear recipe. Adam’s poached pears are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Makes 6 Ingredients: 3 corella pears 100ml agave 500ml water 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise 4 cloves 1/4 tsp fresh nutmeg 6...
What is Reiki and What are the Benefits?

What is Reiki and What are the Benefits?

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key), is a Japanese energy technique.  The term “reiki” comes from the Japanese words “rei,” meaning universal, and “ki,” meaning life force energy. Reiki as we know it today, was developed in the 1920s by the Buddhist priest Mikao Usui. It is...
5 Yin Yoga Postures To Try With A Bolster

5 Yin Yoga Postures To Try With A Bolster

Not all styles of yoga incorporate strong, standing, warrior-like postures. Yin yoga offers a slow practice where all postures are undertaken low to the ground, seated and supine. The postures are held for long periods of time, usually 3 to 5 minutes and are designed...
Healthy Gluten & Dairy Free Tahini Cookies

Healthy Gluten & Dairy Free Tahini Cookies

Billabong Retreat Cook Amara shares her delicious Tahini Cookie recipe. This recipe is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. It is also fast and easy to make and baked using only 6 ingredients. The star ingredient, Tahini, is incredibly nutritious. Tahini spread is...
Benefits of Infrared Saunas

Benefits of Infrared Saunas

For thousands of years we have enjoyed the health benefits of saunas, from the traditional Finnish sauna (hot rocks) to the Turkish bathhouse (steam room). In recent years we have seen the introduction of new sauna technology known as ‘Infrared’. Unlike the...
4 Yoga Poses to Release Tight Hips

4 Yoga Poses to Release Tight Hips

During winter we tend to spend much more time seated. This builds up tension in the lower body, especially the hips. As we skip into spring we start to demand more from our bodies. To help you move with ease into the final months of 2022, Billabong Retreat Host...
How to Sleep Better

How to Sleep Better

By Billabong Retreat Host, Kimberly Ashton   Kimberly is a 5 Elements Wellness and Energetic Nutrition coach, Hatha and Yin Yoga teacher, sound healer and energy medicine practitioner.  Kimberly hosts the Stress relief weekend retreats once a month at Billabong, and...
8 Yoga Poses to Promote Digestion

8 Yoga Poses to Promote Digestion

During wintertime everything begins to slow down. The days feel much shorter and we spend more time seated indoors, usually snuggled up on the couch with a hot cup of tea in hand. As we begin to move towards spring, it’s time to start moving our bodies again....
Creamy Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup

Creamy Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup

Vegetable soups are both nourishing and nutritious, particularly in the colder months of the year. Warm up from the inside out this winter and try our Chef, Susan Thompson’s Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup with Kale Herb Oil and Toasted Hazelnuts. Serves: 4 to 6  ...