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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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RMB 141 Paddys River Rd | Paddys River, 2620, Australia
+61 62051233
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Wonderful wildlife

Always on our list when we visit Canberra. Lots of walking trails to suit all abilities, or you can... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
deirodeir
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Bangor, United Kingdom
Great place for some walks

We walked around The Sanctuary, up to Gibraltar Peak, and around the Eucalypt Forest. We didn’t see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
K0neW0ne
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is an iconic place to encounter native wildlife in their natural setting. Nestled at the base of the Tidbinbilla Range, the reserve is only a 40 minute drive south-west of Canberra’s city centre. Located within the reserve is a Wildlife Sanctuary Area of five ponds and weirs abundant with wildlife including platypus. There is an over 80% chance of seeing these rare and usually elusive animals! Other native animals you may encounter include koalas, emus, pelicans, brolgas, kangaroos and many bird and reptile species. Tidbinbilla is also a leader in conservation with a Threatened Species Breeding Program focusing on the Northern Corroboree Frog, Southern Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby and the Eastern Bettong. The landscape of the reserve is spectacular and varied with mountain ranges, peaceful dry eucalypt forests, woodlands, sheltered streams, majestic open grasslands and calming wetlands. Facilities include the Visitor Centre, barbecues, picnic tables and playground. You can explore the reserve and experience all it has to offer by joining one of our popular ranger guided activities. Tidbinbilla has a rich cultural landscape dating back over 25 000 years and is the traditional Country of the Ngunnawal people. The Tidbinbilla Valley also reflects the European history of the area with historic homesteads and evidence of farming scattered throughout the reserve. Unique accommodation is available at one of the historic homesteads, Nils Desperandum.
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RMB 141 Paddys River Rd | Paddys River, 2620, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always on our list when we visit Canberra. Lots of walking trails to suit all abilities, or you can drive around the road circuit. So much to see around the wetland areas; we saw the platypus last time but this time settled for the long-necked...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked around The Sanctuary, up to Gibraltar Peak, and around the Eucalypt Forest. We didn’t see any platypus, but we did see lots of other wildlife including the Koalas which were funny. Take water, sunscreen, a hat, and you’ll have a great time outdoors.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was here with my family and on a perfect day. Lovely day l, we went to visit the koalas and spotted several wallabies hopping around. We love the visit and is highly recommended for a day out for the family.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

I pulled up at the car park and noticed two Emus by the dam. This set the tone for a wildlife extravaganza : take the 35 km/h speed limit seriously - there is an abundance of Wildlife. There are plenty of short strolls and longer...More

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

I enjoyed my first visit to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. It was a hot day so I made sure I had plenty of water when I set off. I drove down to the Sanctuary and walked down to the first pond. There weren't as many birds...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

The climb is judged to be moderate/ hard, but the view from the top is worth it, theres a lookout point just before the top which gives interest to the walk, the detail of the satellite dish in the distance makes it a great view...More

Thank Hikikomori79
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

This National Park features areas where you can walk and roads where you can drive by car. The highlights are surely the Koala zone and the Platypus lake. But besides that you can observe many different birds and Kangaroos.

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Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

Absolutely loved our trip to Tidbinbilla. Beautiful place, great value for money and for the most part it felt like we were the only humans there. Kangaroos and Koalas my favorite however constantly something to spot or listen too Well worth a visit, just the...More

Thank CatherineGeoff
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Tidbinbilla, what a lovely name for a reserve which was recommended to us by friends. On entering the reserve, about 30 minute drive from Canberra, there is ample parking and after paying the small admission fee you can enjoy the beauty of this part of...More

Thank AussieDiver53
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

A great location worth the drive. The wetland walks were nice and well signposted, saw many birds, turtles. There are also many kangaroos throughout the reserve.

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Theresa H
9 November 2017|
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Response from Jon M | Reviewed this property |
You probably need a car inside the park unless you want to hike miles.... we had a car and was able to visit the top and all points in between. I️ think a car is required!!
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Jenniferlim25
1 July 2017|
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Response from Tidbinbilla | Property representative |
Thanks for your question! Yes there is accommodation available within Tidbinbilla at the Nils Desperandum Homestead. The historic European homestead has been described by a guest as "Camping under a tin roof", which... More
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Gumtr
6 October 2015|
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Response from Michelle V | Reviewed this property |
It is illegal to pay koalas in Canberra. But you can get to within 10 metres of a group of them here. You will definitely see kangaroos and even platypus
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