Highwood Health Retreat
A Touch of Heaven
Highwood Health Retreat is nestled on top of Victoria’s Yarra Ranges just a short distance away from the picturesque Black Spur. Surrounded by eucalypt and fern forest are over 100 acres of beautiful small gardens, vast lawns, lofty trees, mountain streams and walking trails with breath taking vistas of the Great Dividing Range. This pristine Australian nature setting will rejuvenate, soothe, nurture and inspire you towards healthy living.
Highwood Health Retreat is dedicated to restoring and maintaining your health through natural treatments in the Warburton Sanitarium tradition.
Nature is the effectual restorer and possesses curative powers. All intelligent men and women can bring about great physical improvement when they understand the true principles of health.
What sets Highwood apart is our kind and caring staff and our aim to guide you towards a life of physical, mental and spiritual healing.
Our experience has taught us that lifestyle adjustments and natural remedies and therapies can be effective in alleviating many and varied conditions which often coexist together.
They can also be invaluable for those recovering from or preparing for cancer treatment.
At Highwood our aim is not only make you feel better, but also improve your health, and give you the tools to maintain that health.
For convenience of our health guests we have a health shop on site, where our visitors can stock up on necessities to enable them to continue with their healthy life style implementing newly acquired techniques and knowledge away from the retreat and without any interruptions. Our Health Shop offers a variety of health foods, vitamins, supplements and personal care products as well as a collection of health books, vegan and vegetarians recipe books.
Common Q & A
Q: Can I claim back any money from my health insurance fund for my stay at Highwood?
A:Usually not because we are not a hospital. However, it is worth checking if your fund covers you for any “preventive health” or “natural therapy” treatments.
Q: What is the difference between the 5 and 12 night programs?
A:Medically speaking, most major benefits are seen after guests have been present for seven days. This is because during the first week there is a detox effect that helps your body adjust to a healthier routine. There are also withdrawal issues. This is the main difference. Also, the longer programs provide a more complete series of lectures, more thorough health counseling and assistance in turning your life around.
Q: When do the programs start and end?
A: The 5 night program: Guests arrive Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm and depart Friday morning after Breakfast at 9:00am.
The 12 night program: Guests arrive Sunday at 2:30pm and depart Friday morning after Breakfast at 9:00am.
Q: Can I come for times other than the 5 and 12 night programs?
A:Yes, guests can book in for programs of other lengths and will be charged on a pro rata basis. However, we encourage guests to come at the start of the 9 night program so they don’t miss out on important orientation and lecture material. There is a progression in education during the program and coming later may take more time to get oriented or to catch up to the other guests. In addition to our 5 night and 9 night programs, we offer day spa’s and bed and breakfast on most nights. See our programs page, or ring for more information (03) 5963 7000.
Q: Do you offer discounts?
A:From time to time we offer discounts to our program. Plus we offer a pensioner discount of 10% to pensioners with a pensioner’s card. If the general discount is larger than the pensioner discount, no further discount applied.
Q: Will Highwood pick me up at the airport or train station?
A:Yes, one way fees are: Tullamarine Airport: up to $94*, Avalon Airport: up to $120*, Lilydale Station: up to $48*. From Southern Cross Station, take the train to Lilydale.
*Fees can be shared among multiple passengers.
Q: Into which airport should I fly?
A:Melbourne Tullamarine (MEL). Avalon is much more expensive to pick you up.
Q: Can I bring my children?
A:Special arrangements can be made for small children from time to time, so be sure to phone and ask us if our family accommodation option is available for the session you are interested in.
Q: May I bring a carer?
A:Yes. Naturally there would be associated costs for food and lodging. Please ring for details.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A:General casual wear, comfortable walking shoes, bathrobe, slippers, swim trunks or suit for steam room and therapy. Please bring clothing for both warm and cool weather. Medicare card and, if applicable, pension or health care card.