About the Land
High on a plateau on over 200 hectares (500 acres) in a hidden region of the Tallebudgera Valley, the promise of abundance and calm beckons. Since the dawn of time, this place has watched in silence as the weather changes sweep from the south and the west.

Surrounded by ocean and valley views, this land’s inhabitants and visitors have listened to the silence of the bush for eternity. The local indigenous people were the original custodians of the region. It was they who gave name to the place. Gwinganna translates to ‘lookout’, aptly named given its position offering views from Moreton Bay to Coolangatta.

Gwinganna’s steep slopes have protected it from too much devastating timber clearing and settlers in years gone by. Substantially intact, many parts of Gwinganna still retain its ancient past. The silence and stillness of this mountain retreat revitalises tired souls and allows guests to rest and recover from their busy worlds. The longer you stay on this magical mountain, cocooned from the outside world, the sooner you will return to your natural state of having an abundance of energy and vitality.
Tony de Leede – Owner and Founder

Tony de Leede, a native of the Sydney beach suburb of Cronulla, created Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat to fulfill a lifelong dream. “Gwinganna is a very special place that I discovered several years ago”, said Mr de Leede.“

The first time I stayed at Gwinganna, I found that the serenity and soul of this hidden mountain retreat captured my desire to live a better life”. He purchased the property from publisher Kevin Weldon who had privately owned it for many years.

To preserve its original charm, Tony retained most of the distinctive pieces which he thought to be fundamental to Gwinganna. Highly regarded around the world as an innovator in business, his aim is to spend more time at Gwinganna and continue his own personal health journey.
Sharon Kolkka – General Manager and Wellness Director
Sharon Kolkka
Sharon Kolkka has become one of Australia’s leading voices in the field of wellness. Her experience in wellness retreats encompasses over 18 years and during this time she has seen and been part of many changes in the Australian health retreat industry. While once the primary focus was weight loss, in recent years, stress is the greatest issue for most guests.

A key speaker on stress and wellness each week at Gwinganna, Sharon also presents on several specialty focus retreats throughout the year. Her expertise lies predominantly in women’s wellness, lifestyle balance, movement and stress management. She also presents to corporations, media, industry events and guests outside of Gwinganna including many international engagements.

Advising thousands of people from all walks of life, her inspirational and practical words are highly sought after and both informative and relevant in todays busy world.
Shelley Pryor – Organic Gardener
Shelley- cropGwinganna’s philosophy from the very beginning has been about organic produce and skincare. Shelley Pryor, a former Chef and now organic Gardener manages the organic food gardens on the property – providing an extraordinary example of how Mother Nature can shine in the dining experience.

Shelley’s background as a sous chef allows her to truly understand how to best support the Gwinganna kitchen needs and her knowledge of nutrition offers both chefs and guests a glimpse into the fascinating world of delicious wholefoods. Shelley’s skills also extend to bio dynamic farming, offering walks and presentations for guests, along with specialty sessions.
A walk in the garden with Shelley is enlightening and inspiring covering medicinal uses for herbs, recipe ideas and stories from her past.

SAVE 15%* on a 2 night Gwinganna Wellness Weekend this winter. Choose two dates commencing Friday 5 August. *Conditions apply. Orchard Suite accommodation only. -Gwinganna's meditation and yoga specialist, Andy Kidd, will focus on the breath and how you can use it to manage stressful situations and maintain your energy. Breathe and Relax, Just $125 additional to your package, Friday 15 - Sunday 17 July. Read more in Women's Weekly here. -Winter is the season of retreat and rest and the perfect time to boost your immune system with our popular seven night Winter Detox.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Syndicate Road, Tallebudgera, Queensland, Australia


Monday To Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Price Range

From $100 - To $1500