By Lisa Perkovic
Located in what is possibly Australia’s most secluded and private setting, this small spa sits perched above the stunning Bay of Fires. Accessible only to those who have completed the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, this spa has just one treatment room and one bath tub but it’s all about quality not quantity. Treatments are inspired by Indigenous healing practices, with a focus on working knots out of sore muscles with the aid of Li’Tya nature spa care products. Mayi Mapyi ochre body mud wrap, desert salt exfoliations, quandong hair masks and foot massages banish any memories of wearing a backpack for the past two days but it’s really a bath that’s best post-hike.
Walk down the bush path, past a ‘Bath in Use’ sign, to a jaw dropping outdoor bathing pavilion. The bath sits on the edge of the open air timber shelter, looking straight out across the treetops to the Bay of Fires beyond. The Jiga Jina Bath Soak ritual sees you easing sore muscles into the steaming bathwater scattered with Australian flowers and berries, for a blissful half-hour. Birds, bees, sometimes even the wallabies, pass by as you soak up the scenery. The monsoon shower is also on hand, if you need to rinse off before hopping in – hikers have been known to head straight from the walking track to the bath tub.