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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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Visited Tidbinbilla while attending a Xmas function in ACT and had a free day,Only a 30 min drive... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sydney, Australia
wild wild life

I traveled in the middle of winter and despite bright sunshine on all other days, the day I visited... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2017
Carolyn H
Bedford, United Kingdom
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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
+61 62051233

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited Tidbinbilla while attending a Xmas function in ACT and had a free day,Only a 30 min drive from ACT. On entering the reserve there is free parking and a map that details the walks that you can undertake from 1 hour to adays hike.A...More

Thank KeenTraveller12372
Reviewed 21 August 2017

I traveled in the middle of winter and despite bright sunshine on all other days, the day I visited it rained. But despite the rain the koala mum did allow us to see her baby, which was kind of her.

Thank Carolyn H
Reviewed 16 August 2017

This is one of my favourite places in the Canberra area. For the more adventurous and fit visitor there are a whole range of hikes, for those who want wildlife there is the sanctuary and pond area where you can see koalas and platypus (if...More

1  Thank Ekek07
Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Thank you very much for your review - it sounds like you enjoy your visit every time you come to Tidbinbilla and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 7 August 2017

It's a Nature Reserve with plenty of walking circuits, each one with a surprise or two. You can watch koalas, kangaroos, all sorts of trees, many birds, etc. At the entrance they provide you with a well descriptive map and you can go with your...More

1  Thank paherranz
Reviewed 19 July 2017

A great day out hiking, wildlife spotting and enjoying the outdoors. Emu on the road, lyrebird on the hiking trails and load of rock wallabies. But obey the speed limit on the road, there are loads of hopping rats (kangaroos) everywhere.

1  Thank car0st
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Located about 30 minute drive outside Canberra, Tidbinbilla is well worth the drive. It's a driving park but you can also park and walk some of the trails. We drove to one of the higher sites and took in the commanding views - including seeing...More

2  Thank Jon M
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We had a quick walk up Camel's hump this morning. It was a nice 11km walk which took us 3.5hrs including a lunch stop. We did the short walk, but I was expecting it to take a bit closer to the estimated 6hrs from the...More

1  Thank David C
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We went here not expecting much. However, if you wish to see kangaroos in the wild, this is the place to go. We saw endless amounts of kangaroos, emus, and even a wombat! And that was all outside the actual park. In the park itself...More

1  Thank Noahqnin
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

A favourite of tourists and locals. Great bush walks, native animals, BBQ areas and fresh air. Love it.

1  Thank Nige-ACT
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Guaranteed nature, great trails for young and old, great playground and BBQ spot. Long hikes are good too.

Thank Susan H
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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
6 October 2015|
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
3 September 2015|
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Response from Tidbinbilla | Property representative |
Hello, We will be open on the 10th, with gates opening at 7.30am and the Visitor Information Centre opening at 9am. At Tidbinbilla we have Kangaroos, Emus, Platypus, Koalas, Pelicans and lots of other bird life. If you have... More