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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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Great location to see Australian native animals. The Koala enclosure excellent. Kangaroos... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2017
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More tables please

We enjoy our barbecues there immensely but you have to be quick because the barbecues outnumber the... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2017
Crusader1427
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Canberra, Australia
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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 May 16, 2017

Great location to see Australian native animals. The Koala enclosure excellent. Kangaroos everywhere and you can walk amongst them. Easy to drive around or you can walk. Best to get there at 7.30am when park opens to see more animals as they rest during the...More

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Reviewed May 12, 2017

We enjoy our barbecues there immensely but you have to be quick because the barbecues outnumber the tables. We have suggested to the staff they consider spending on some more tables only to be told they agree but head office ignores their requests. There should...More

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Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2017

Thank you very much for your review and we are glad that you enjoyed your visit - we take your feedback seriously so thank you for passing on your ideas. We have a number of fantastic grassed areas throughout the reserve nearby to the BBQs...More

Reviewed May 4, 2017 via mobile

This is a little known gem. One of the most beautiful places I've been to anywhere in Australia. A stunning 40 minutes drive outside of Canberra. There is wonderful wildlife in amongst a gorgeous setting. And around the various walks are really interesting signs with...More

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Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2017

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you out here again soon!

Reviewed May 3, 2017

Tidbinbilla is true to it's tagline - a unique place to explore our natural world. We saw in our visit Kangaroos, Wallabies, Koalas, Platypus, Snakes, Birds, Insects, Flora and Fauna - wonderful Australian natives!! Great place to go for a serious bush walk or just...More

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Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2017

It sounds like you had a fantastic day at Tidbinbilla - thank you very much for your feedback!

Reviewed May 1, 2017

We have now driven both ways to Tidbinbilla and they are both beautiful drives. The Sanctuary was a bit of a surprise, but you forget about the fence once inside. We saw kangaroos resting, a few platypus swimming/feeding, a pair of brolgas, a family of...More

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Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2017

It sounds like you enjoyed your visit and hopefully we see you back here again! You may well know that he fence around the Sanctuary is to predator proof the area so that the inhabitants can roam wild without impact from feral animals but you...More

Reviewed April 29, 2017

Tidbinbilla is a 30-40 minute drive from Canberra. There are several walks and I did 2 on one day - a short and a longer. I did the Birrigai Walk and the Gibraltar Peak. Both were good, but the Gibraltar Peak walk was the best....More

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Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your day - we have walks up to a full day so if you are looking for some more to do we can definitely provide more information on something that may suit your timeframe.

Reviewed April 29, 2017 via mobile

We turned up not knowing what to expect but by the end of the day our minds were turned around. The place is just wonderful nestled into the mountains and we ended up spotting 7 different platapus in various waters which was amazing. Brolgas, roos,...More

Thank arnhemal
Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2017

Yes most likely a bandicoot if you saw it around in the Sanctuary! Thanks for your visit and if you are able to come back again we have a range of walking trails with different areas to explore so pop into the Visitor Centre and...More

Reviewed April 25, 2017

We took our Son and Daughter-in law and little grand daughter aged 4 and a half to Tidbinbilla on Easter Sunday so they could the the Koalas close up having heard so much about them. The Visitor's Center which has all been rebuilt is great,...More

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Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2017

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Tidbinbilla and that your family had such a wonderful time - we hope to see you out here again soon!

Reviewed April 13, 2017

Great place for relaxing trail walks and encounters with the wild animals! Didn't managed to go on the longer trails and will certainly visit again to conquer all the trails!

Thank Xiangting
Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2017

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed March 24, 2017 via mobile

We visited this place yesterday. It's absolutely beautiful. Got very close up to some gorgeous koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. Fabulous walks and places to picnic. We seemed to get really lucky with animals. We were there between 4.30 and 7.30 pm.

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Tidbinbilla, Public Relations Manager at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2017

What a wonderful experience. We are glad you enjoyed your trip and look forward to seeing you at Tidbinbilla again.

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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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Gumtr
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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Honu_Ohana
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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
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