There’s no shortage of big events and things to do in Logan but sometimes… all that yin needs a little yang. If you’re looking for experiences that take you on more of an inner journey—from wandering through the peaceful grounds of a Buddhist temple to kayaking along a gentle stretch of river— the City of Logan and its surrounds have your wellbeing sorted.
Perhaps the most traditional go-to when it comes to looking after your own mind/body/spirit is the wellness retreat—and Logan City has one of the best. Wellwood Health combines health, fitness, social connectivity and spirituality in a way that will leave you genuinely wanting to live a healthier life. Nestled between trees and bushland, Wellwood Health is located in a spacious 1970s log cabin, and offers yoga and pilates as well as rejuvenating therapies such as massage, acupuncture and reiki.
If alternative therapies capture your interest, you might also like to explore Muse Crystals and Mystical Gifts in Loganholme. This store is a holistic haven, with an incredible collection of crystals and gifts. Come here to find out more about the energy of crystals, which ones help promote calm and relaxation (rose quartz and black tourmaline are two of the best), book in for reading with one of the card readers, psychics and mediums, or get together with a bunch of your friends and enjoy the Ahhha Haha High Tea Experience in the eclectic Gypsy Caravan.
Salt Therapy is another treatment regarded for its positive benefits, and the best way to find out more about this modality is to try if for yourself at the supremely relaxing Salt and Soul healing centre, complete with a state-of-the-art Salt Cave.
Another experience that is like a balm for the soul is a visit to Chung Tian Temple. Chung Tian, which means “Middle Heaven”, was constructed in 1992 using traditional Chinese Buddhist architecture and located in Priestdale, surrounded by nature. Here you can do as much or as little as you please. Stroll through the grounds and soak up the tranquil atmosphere or explore the Chung Tian Art Gallery, 7-tiered Pagoda or take part in a tea ceremony in the Water Drop Tea House.
If your wellbeing is largely influenced by your fitness levels, one of the best activities for all ages is swimming. Swimming laps is an excellent form of exercise and—if you enjoy swimming—can be almost meditative in its repetition and rhythm.
Whether you want 50m laps in a heated outdoor pool or something more social like a splash in the leisure pool with your family, Logan North Aquatic and Fitness Centre will welcome you all year round. And, if you haven’t grown up with regular swimming as part of your summer, why not enrol in some lessons? The Centre’s Aqualogan Laurie Lawrence Swim School offers award-winning learn-to-swim programs that rank in the top eight nationally. Make swimming your thing!
Exercise is one of the best mood-boosters around and Logan City gives you plenty of ways to get moving in a natural setting. Berrinba Wetlands Park is teeming with birdlife, and gives you over 8km of walkways set within a vast 80 hectares. Daisy Hill Conservation Park also gives you the chance to breathe deep away from the hustle and bustle. Make your way to the old quarry and find a quiet spot by the water to meditate. Don’t forget to drop in to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre before you leave.
Other ways to find your bliss in the great outdoors include canoeing and kayaking down the Albert and Logan rivers, walking or mountain biking through Cornubia Forest Park, throwing a line in from the pontoon at Logan River Parklands, or climbing to the lookout in Springwood Conservation Park and filling up with the expansive views over Logan.
It may be a thriving hub of more than 340,000 people but the City of Logan City also gives you countless ways to restore your balance, take a breather, and enjoy the now.