SWAP TARONGA ZOO
FOR JAMALA WILDLIFE LODGE
Overlooking Sydney’s beautiful harbour, Taronga Zoo is one of the most scenic wildlife parks in the world. But if you’re after an equally awesome attraction minus the crowds, consider heading to Jamala Wildlife Lodge ( jamalawildlifelodge.com.au) at Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium (nationalzoo.com.au). From bathing beside bears to feeding giraffes from your balcony, adventure meets luxury when you stay overnight at the ushaka Lodge, Jungle Bungalows or Giraffe Treehouses. Rooms start at $925 a night, with breakfast, a three-course dinner party, all drinks and two exclusive tours included. You’ll be smack-bang in the middle of the action with only a glass pane separating some rooms from the animals. Wild!