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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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Close to nature

If you are looking for an amazing day out with the kids/grandkids I could recommend the Tidbinbilla... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peter D
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Canberra, Australia
An expansive nature reserve

There are so many places to visit here for nature lovers. Kangaroos and birds abound. There are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Canberrascooter
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Canberra
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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

If you are looking for an amazing day out with the kids/grandkids I could recommend the Tidbinbilla experience more highly, its fantastic! For only $13.50 per car load of people for the whole day it is the best value fun day your kids will remember...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are so many places to visit here for nature lovers. Kangaroos and birds abound. There are play areas for the children, picnic spots, paths, open areas and bush land. The children love visiting and exploring.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to visit the reserve last week with my family who was visiting from overseas. The place is an hour drive from Canberra CBD. There is a park fee of $12/car and this goes up depending on what mode of transportation you are using....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of great trails and a perfect place to spend the day wandering amid the animals. We saw tons of wallabies, kangaroos, emus and even a platypus in the lake. It was fun to see the koalas in their enclosure. Just as we left the...More

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Reviewed May 18, 2018

We enjoyed very very much especially the kids. There were a lot of things to explore and if you stay until 4 pm you will get more chance to see a lot of Kangaroo.

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Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

Lovely, hidden gem where you can encounter wildlife with certainty: kangaroos, wallabies, platypi, koalas, pelicans, emus and much more. The entry fee is negligible and the gift shop incredibly well-appointed. Forget the zoo, go see the real Australia at Tidbinbilla.

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Reviewed April 10, 2018

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 April 6, 2018 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 March 31, 2018 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.

Thank Mikey M
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Reviewed March 16, 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

Thank Tom B
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Theresa H
November 8, 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
July 1, 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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October 5, 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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