August 10, 2016

An unforgettable trip filled with indulgent experiences in Australia’s capital will be just a flight away from September, following the commencement of Singapore Airlines’ direct services from Singapore.

Whether you’re looking for a pampering experience, a wine tour or a decadent high tea, the Canberra region has your options covered.

From a day spa in botanical surrounds, a petit feast that’s anything but small, a tour of local cellar doors or an aerial tour from the comfort of a hot air balloon, Canberra offers a self-indulgent stay in just eight hours from Singapore.

MEMORABLE SLEEPOVERS

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Jamala Wildlife LodgeAustralia’s first all-inclusive wildlife lodge experience of its kind captivates guests with the ultimate luxury overnight safari experience. With just 18 rooms, Jamala Wildlife Lodge gives guests exclusive access and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the National Zoo & Aquarium’s beautiful residents. Choose from Jungle Bungalows, Giraffe Treehouses or your own room or suite within the uShaka Lodge. Don’t miss this unique experience which will see you bathing beside bears, eating alongside lions or feeding sharks.

Hyatt Hotel Canberra: Fans of art deco design and 1920s glamour will want to fox trot to the Hyatt Hotel Canberra. This international self-rated 5 star heritage hotel has been restored to its former glory, bringing together luxurious accommodation and modern facilities in a heritage-inspired setting. The traditional furniture, perfectly manicured gardens and the good old-fashioned style and service make up the heritage charm, while the glamorous drinking and dining options are a perfect complement to any stay.

TASTINGS AND FEASTINGS

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Boutique wine tasting: A trip out to Canberra’s wine district to taste the best local drops is a wonderful addition to visit to the capital. Perhaps Canberra’s best kept secret is its close proximity to more than 30 boutique cellar doors, where more often than not you get to meet the winemakers like Tim Kirk of Clonakilla, who was named Gourmet Traveller Wines’ 2013 Winemaker of the Year. Clonakilla make distinctive, handcrafted wines in limited quantities and is one of Australia’s leading small wineries.

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Not-so petit feast: Be spoilt by a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar. The Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets including charcuterie and oysters as well as lavish desserts. For an extra A$15, an unlimited number of Mimosas awaits.

Aubergine: A gastronomic gem in suburban Canberra, Aubergine has earned a reputation for its creative food, elegant decor and award-winning wine list. Rated two hats in the Sydney Morning Herald’s 2016 Good Food Guide, the restaurant’s intimate and simple interior provides the perfect backdrop for indulging in Chef Ben Willis’ inspired use of seasonal produce. The food reflects Canberra’s distinct seasons, with a regularly changing and contemporary menu, and delivers a premium dining experience that is as memorable as it is pleasing.

LOFTY PLEASURES

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Hot air ballooning: There’s no better way to appreciate the capital’s charm than from a hot air balloon drifting across the city at dawn. Experience breathtaking views and see the nation’s capital come to life beneath you; Canberra is one of the only places in the world where visitors may drift over a Parliament House and conclude the flight with a celebratory champagne breakfast at Hyatt Hotel Canberra afterwards.

INDULGENT MOMENTS

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Decadent day spasOne of the city’s premier day spas, Jindii EcoSpa opened at the base of the tranquil Rainforest Gully within the Australian National Botanic Gardens last year with four double treatment rooms as well as hydro therapy spas, a yoga room and a guest lounge. Its range of treatments spans facials, massages, body wraps and hydrotherapy spas.

For more information about Canberra go to visitcanberra.com.au.