Prior to Entry

  • Identification of any detox needs and relevant process with our Program Director.
  • Medical questionnaire and assessment.
  • Nicotine replacement arranged with your GP (if you are a smoker). For rationale, see Why is Gunnebah no smoking?


  • Medical consultation with our Medical Director or nurse to confirm your health.
  • Entry interview with our Program Director to get a sense of your immediate situation and motivation.
  • Behaviour contract to ensure a supportive, community environment amongst participants. This includes what constitutes a breach and potential exclusion from the program.
  • Comprehensive orientation to the facilities and program.

Daily Program

Many days will follow a structure, similar to the following (with occasional changes to suit specific activities). A healthy daily routine is one of the essential habits that you will develop at Gunnebah and continue after your time with us. (Read more about our method).

Twice a week we will be off site (for the whole day or half a day) for interesting, fun or exciting activities. Gunnebah is perfectly located for accessing an incredible range of activities, from world heritage national parks, to acclaimed art galleries to stunning beaches. Read more about our location.

Once a week there will be an afternoon available for friends and family to visit.


 Example Daily Schedule
6.30am Pre breakfast / dawn activity – yoga – meditation with qualified instructor
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Group exercise / fitness activity with qualified instructor
10.00am Morning Tea
10.30am Community participation activity - learn whilst doing and work together - e.g. grow vegetables, care for the animals, healthy meal preparation - guided by an experienced practitioner or visiting expert
12.30pm Lunch - meals designed by dietitian for maximum benefit
1.30pm Games / fun activity
2.30pm Education session - lecture / forum / workshop on topics such as relationships, communication skills, financial management, emotional and self regulation, addiction and your brain, how to create happiness in your life, and more
4.00pm Afternoon Tea
4.30pm Individual Counseling or Group therapy with fully qualified and highly skilled therapists
6.30pm Dinner - meals designed by dietitian for maximum benefit
8.00pm Daily closure activity and intention for tomorrow - guided by skilled community development worker
8.30pmPersonal time

Medical care by our doctor available

Activities you may experience include (but are not limited to):

  • Bushwalking
  • Learning to surf
  • Gardening
  • Sea kayaking with dolphins
  • Yoga
  • Horse riding
  • Golf
  • High ropes adventure
  • Art
  • Tennis
  • Tai Chi
  • Archery
  • Team building
  • Day trips to local attractions
  • National park tours
  • Volleyball
  • Meditation
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Badminton
  • Tribal drumming
  • Swimming pool
  • Ping Pong
  • Sailing
  • Lawn bowls
  • Jetskiing
  • Cycling
  • Indoor bowling
  • Boxercise
  • Group exercise
  • And much more

Post Program

Rehab is not the end of the road, it’s the beginning. We provide an ongoing program of encouragement and support to assist your successful transition back into the world beyond Gunnebah and to help you to continue to grow with the changes you have begun here. This includes:

  • Referral/introduction to local support groups, networks and services
  • Individual follow-up to check-in on your progress
  • Email and Facebook groups and sharing
  • Family check-in call


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