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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

#17 of 233 things to do in Australian Capital Territory Features Animals
RMB 141 Paddys River Rd | Paddys River, 2620, Australia
+61 62051233
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Perfect place for a bush trip

This is one of my favourite places in the Canberra area. For the more adventurous and fit visitor... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Nature at its best!

It's a Nature Reserve with plenty of walking circuits, each one with a surprise or two. You can... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 4 days ago

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

Thank Ekek07
Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

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 1 week ago

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

Thank paherranz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank car0st
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

1  Thank Jon M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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

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.

Thank Nige-ACT
Reviewed 6 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
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Our friends who live in Canberra drove us here for a nice walk. I didn't know what to expect, but there were lots of kangaroos and wallabies, all sorts of birds, and the grand highlight was a small platypus swimming in one of the small...More

Thank Shunnie
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Amazing place and loved the time we spent there. This place is about 35-40 km from Canberra. This place has very good views, a very big heritage rock site, a protected nature reserve, picnic areas. We saw swans, pelican feeding, lots of kangaroos and many...More

Thank SandeepGupta18
Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Thank you for your great review - we are glad that you had such an amazing day at Tidbinbilla and we hope to see you out here again soon!

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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