A visit to the Australian National Botanic Gardens can soon include a touch of pampering with the establishment of Jindii EcoSpa at the Gardens.

“This is a great addition to the range of visitor experiences in the Gardens, one that’s sure to bring more people to this beautiful, national institution of ours,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment.

“Just last week I was at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. One of the messages that clearly came through there was the global need for parks and gardens to better partner with sustainable businesses, helping to drive visitation and provide additional sources of income. 

“I’m pleased we’re already doing that work right here in Canberra, with the Gardens partnering with private enterprise to provide this service. Parks and gardens play a big role in people’s health – both physical and mental. So I see this as a great step forward, delivering a triple bottom line to the health of Canberra’s community, its local economy and investment back in our environment.”

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja said the spa, which will be located at the base of the Rainforest Gully near the cafe, is a great addition to the Gardens.

“It’s great that a local business has been given the opportunity to use this wonderful space, and I’m sure the spa’s clientele will appreciate the tranquil surrounds,” he said. 

“There’s no other place in Canberra that offers such an experience. The Botanic Gardens is one of Canberra’s favourite attractions and this is an innovative move, especially attractive for the many couples who use the Gardens as a wedding venue.”

Jindii EcoSpa is a multi-award winning Canberra business. It will open its doors to customers in January 2015.  The company uses natural Australian botanical products and operates on the principles of conservation and sustainability. The fit out commenced this week, with building works designed to minimise any disruption to visitors.