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“Animals, Animals, Animals...”

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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
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 reserve we ran into a cute little echidna snuffling around. I liked that the lifecycle of the wallabies and kangaroos is not mucked with here. You could see decaying carcasses and bleached bones here and there - a great way to acquaint children to the wild and what happens when animals die.

Thank AGoingGal
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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.

Thank Pickytraveller1964
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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 turtles and a red-bellied black snake. Close-ups of the kangaroos and wallabies, and plenty of birds, our highlight being the spotted pardalote.

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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.

Thank K0neW0ne
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