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“Kangaroos, platapus, emu”

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

Fun drive, nice walks, lots of kangaroos and we even saw a platapus. The koala area was closed due to flooding and some of the paths were also closed. The gates close at six, cost is 10 dollars for a car. Nice friendly staff and neat shop at the beginning. Animals ever wear. It took us a few hours to drive and walk the exhibits. I would like to have spent a half day there. Bring a picnic lunch or stop by the cafe. You will love the wildlife.

Thank rocknryry
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

This is an absolute treasure, I can't wait to go back. For $10/car, you wouldn't even have to leave your vehicle to have a brilliant time and take home fabulous pictures of wildlife. I saw more kangaroos here than anywhere else in Oz. Hundreds. Beautiful, clean, well paved and with numerous hikes of varying difficulty. A wonderful large kids play area with a zipline. We were here for only 2 hours and had so much fun, I can only imagine how much you could explore and see over a few days.

Thank some_honest_guy
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

Tidbinbilla has a fun visitors centre with a small display area with reptiles and the beautiful and rare Corroboree Frog. There are lots of walks including a nice walk that is wheelchair accessible - we were sitting on a seat in the middle of the walk and a brown snake slithered past. The rangers run all sorts of talks and you can see animals in really natural settings. There is a great adventure playground for kids of all ages with BBQs and toilets close by and the occassional emu walking past. Spend the day here or drive a few kms back down the road to the cafe and displays at the Tidbinbilla Deep Space communication centre (don't know the exact name of it).

Thank Grevillea032
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

Tidbinbilla is simply stunning. The visitor center is well done with snacks, information about the nature area and some great souveniers. There are a ton of walks, many that are good for kids, some longer/harder. The area called the sanctuary is a special treat- amazing boardwalk walks, so much wildlife. The reserve has a fantastic playground complete with slides, a flying fox and more. The park has a ton of grills so you can easily BBQ some sausages. Most of all, the kangaroos! They are everywhere and you can't miss a close encounter with them. I rate Tidbinbilla as the top attraction in the Canberra area!

1  Thank everglades_gal
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

As pretty and well designed as it is, Canberra is not the most exciting city in the world. The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is a great place to go if you want to get up close to lots of Kangaroos in a relatively uncrowded spot. It is not done up fancy like the zoos and nature parks around other Australian cities, but it has a genuine feel to it. It is a nice place to go outside of Canberra, especially if you like kangaroos.

Thank TominLA
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