LIVE AND UNPLUGGED
WANDER WHERE WI-FI CAN’T. THESE DIGITAL DETOX DESTINATIONS WILL ENSURE YOU SWITCH OFF AND STAY IN THE MOMENT
Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
You can leave the real world behind when you check in to this island idyll, around 600km northeast of Sydney. Pinetrees Lord Howe Island Travel general manager Tennille Schell says there is no mobile reception anywhere on Lord Howe Island, and no Wi-Fi or TVs in the lodge. “You get your news by newspaper, which is flown in on the plane, so available in the afternoon or the next day, you check the weather by waking up and looking at the sky, and you absorb spectacular sunsets, sweeping landscapes and glorious underwater life through your eyes, not your social media accounts,” she says. Tennille says it’s when travellers disconnect from devices that they start to see real connections forming. “What we really find special is, without the attachment of devices, guests go for walks, read books and, most importantly, talk to each other,” she says. “Our boatshed in the evenings is abuzz with guests making new friends and chatting about their adventures over a glass of dry Clare Valley Riesling or the local Phasmid Pale Ale from our honesty bar.”
CORINNA WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE
Tarkine rainforest, Tasmania
On the edge of the ancient Tarkine rainforest, Corinna Wilderness Experience invites guests to unplug and soak up the serenity. Consider this remote solar-powered township your springboard into the wild. General manager Matt Coxon says they offer a base for a range of walks, Pieman river cruises, kayaking, fishing and bird watching. “Corinna has so much to offer visitors keen to discover our unique ecosystem, abundant fauna and flora and the breathtaking sights of the Tarkine rainforest,” he says. “Whether you prefer short walks, longer hikes or other outdoor activities, there are so many options – you’ll feel as though you’re discovering another world that’s untouched by mass tourism.” Corinna accommodation includes the original double-bedroom Roadman’s cottage, the old pub, which is now a group stay guesthouse with single and double rooms, and 16 one or twobedroom wilderness retreats. It’s remote but you won’t be roughing it, with heating, comfy beds, hot showers, a fridge and cooking facilities.
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
No phone, no emails, no Instagram – Queensland’s newest glamping offering has just enough power to charge the camera and chill the wine. On the pristine Southern Great Barrier Reef, the tiny Wilson Island cradles nine glamping tents plus a central long-house serving meals and an honesty bar. Immerse yourself in nature’s show reel of healthy coral reefs and rainbow fish or just dive into a good book while you soak up the sunshine.
SOUL SURFING RETREAT
Port Macquarie, New South Wales
You know what doesn’t mix well with technology? Saltwater. Let the waves wash away your troubles while you learn a new skill on a Soul Surfing retreat. “Keep your phone on the shore and reconnect through uplifting surf lessons, immerse yourself in heart-led yoga, the magic of massage and other special moments of connection to nature,” Soul Surfing owner Corey Enfield says. “This four-day retreat in Port Macquarie combines relaxation, surfing, yoga and divine food to allow you to disconnect from technology and reconnect with your mind and body in one of the most picturesque towns on the east coast of New South Wales.”
BAMURRU PLAINS WILD BUSH LUXURY
Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory
The mobile reception is non-existent but the connection to the environment is strong at Australia’s answer to an African safari camp, Bamurru. Nine safari bungalows are built on stilts overlooking floodplains frequented by a myriad of bird and animal life. Mesh screens serve as your walls on three sides, so you can hear, see and almost touch the wildlife and wilderness around you. Fall asleep to a chorus of frogs and let the magpie geese be your alarm clock as the light of dawn washes over the floodplain.
QT HOTELS & RESORTS
Sydney, Bondi, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Gold Coast, Queenstown and Wellington
If remote isn’t really your thing, you’ll be relieved to know it’s possible to switch off closer to home. QT Hotels & Resorts across Australia and New Zealand offer a Power Down package that asks guests to hand over their devices for at least 12 hours in exchange for some pampering. Hotel staff take care of guests’ phones from 7pm to 7am while they enjoy a range of mindful extras including wellness bowls, juices, supplements or a sneaky wine and cheese at the bar. In-room gifts, including Beauty Chef’s GLOW powder, Addition Studio’s Bath Brew, a Luv Sum protein ball and lululemon yoga mat, support digital detoxers through their device blackout. Whether it’s your first rodeo or you’re a regular on the recharge circuit, a QT Wellness Guru is on hand to help fend off nomophobia.