Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Jamala Wildlife Lodge Heads Unique Accommodation List in Canberra

With the first Singapore Airlines direct flight taking off from Singapore to Canberra on 20 September, plan for a unique stay in Australia’s capital with the ultimate animal encounter at the National Zoo & Aquarium’s luxury accommodation offering, Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

Just 10 minutes from the centre of Canberra, Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium offers visitors an all-inclusive luxury lodge experience with behind-the-scenes tours and animal encounters. Bathe while a bear grazes on the other side of the window, relax on your lounge while looking into the face of a lion, feed the giraffes or get ready for dinner while sharks swim by.

National Zoo & Aquarium founder and owner Richard Tindale said Jamala visitors had the chance to relax in five-star African-inspired accommodation hubs while experiencing close encounters with the resident wildlife.

“The aim here is to try and get people immersed in the world of wildlife in a luxurious and fairly unique surrounding,” he said 

Three accommodation precincts are available, each with their own wildlife experience. Choose from one of seven luxurious rooms inside the main Ushaka lodge, which boasts a shark tank and a private pool and spa.

There are also six unique Giraffe treehouse suites nestled into a reserve overlooking the Molonglo River, where guests can mingle with the resident animals and hand feed the neighbouring giraffe. The brave at heart can stay in one of the five exclusive Jungle Bungalow suites adjoining different animal enclosures, including lions, bears or cheetahs. Centimetres of glass separates guests from these magnificent creatures.

The Jamala Wildlife Lodge experience includes two exclusive tours for lodge guests designed to allow guests the opportunity to meet as many animals as possible, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, brown bears, sun bears, otters, meerkats and rhinos.

Guests also share an exclusive dining experience with pre-dinner drinks served on the terrace, where they may meet snow leopards, before sitting down to enjoy a three-course dinner party-style menu in the Jamala Cave dining room with the animal in residence, ensuring a memorable night for everyone. 

The combination of opulent surroundings, incredible animal encounters and gourmet cuisine alongside Jamala’s five-star hospitality ensures that all guests partake in a once in a lifetime experience during their stay. This uniquely intimate experience is offered by only a handful of zoos around the world. 

VisitCanberra Director Ian Hill said the accommodation offerings at the privately-run zoo were a welcome addition to the national capital’s options for visitors.

“No other zoo in Australia offers this experience. It’s an impressive new tourism experience to add to your ‘bucket list. ” he said.

Find out more about the Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo & Aquarium at  http://www.nationalzoo.com.au/jamalawildlifelodge.htm

Canberra Hotel Accommodation Update

In addition to Jamala Wildlife Lodge, there are plenty of beautiful places to rest your head during a visit to Canberra. An airport hotel, a property ideal for the business traveller and one for family and leisure travellers have brought 397 new rooms into the Canberra accommodation market.


Toga Far East Hotels (TFE) opened VIBE Hotel Canberra Airport in late 2015. A short walk from the terminal and less than 10 minutes from the Canberra city centre, the Guggenheim-inspired hotel with a soaring atrium features 191 rooms and suites over seven storeys and is perfect for the business traveller. 

Little National Hotel is a 120-room property adjacent the Realm Hotel precinct in Barton – a short distance from national icons including Australia’s Parliament House. Owned by the Doma Group, the property offers amenities of a 5 star hotel with super-king sized bed, wall-to-wall windows and large HD smart televisions. Shared amenities include a hotel library and lounge area. The hotel is ideal for business travellers who can dine at one of the many and varied restaurants nearby in the Realm precinct.

Abode Narrabundah is an 86-room property offering a fully self-contained studio experience with views over the back nine holes of Capital Golf Course. Rooms include laundry facilities, smart TV, Foxtel and Vittoria espresso machines. Abode is owned by Canberra’s Geocon company, and one of four properties in the ACT. The hotel is ideal for leisure, corporate, family and group travel.


The Brassey Hotel in Barton has undergone a minor refurbishment since being bought last year by the Doma Group which owns nearby Hotel Realm, Burbury Hotel and Little National Hotel. The 1920s hotel is close to Australia’s Parliament House and attractions such as the National Gallery of Australia and National Portrait Gallery.


Northbourne Avenue’s Clifton Suites have been sold and will rebranded as Pacific Suites, Canberra. The 4.5-star serviced apartment hotel features 153 one and two bedroom apartments, modern conference spaces, a restaurant and sports bar, swimming pool and parking for 256 vehicles. The property will continue to be owner-operated, but will be a member of Choice Hotels’ Ascend Hotel Collection – the first one in the ACT.


A new central city hotel

A 176-room Mantra Canberra Hotel is being built in the central city garden suburb of Turner on the corner of Canberra’s main thoroughfare Northbourne Ave and Macarthur Avenue. Opening late 2016, the full service hotel will be a mix of 136 hotel rooms and 40 suites over eight levels. The Mantra group currently has 300 rooms across its three Canberra city properties – Peppers, Mantra and Breakfree giving visitors options of luxury, mid-range and economy hotel accommodation.

Wine country accommodation

Visitors to the popular Murrumbateman wineries in the Canberra District will benefit from a new hotel to be built by the Geocon Group which owns four Abode Hotels in the ACT. A 52-room Abode Murrumbateman hotel will be built on the Fairley residential development (owned by Shaw Wineries owner Graham Shaw) and it is expected to increase accommodation in the area by 30 per cent. The project has received overwhelming support from nearby wineries including Helm Wines, Yarrh Wines and McKellar Ridge Wines. Construction begins this year.

Canberra is an eight-hour flight away from Singapore. From September 20, Singapore Airlines will commence direct flights between Canberra and Singapore four times a week. Contact your travel agent for more details or visit www.singaporeair.com. For more information about Canberra, visitcanberra.com.au

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