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“An expansive nature reserve”

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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.

Thank Canberrascooter
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"native animals"
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"flying fox"
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"eucalyptus forest"
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"walking trails"
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"visitor center"
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"amazing wildlife"
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"annual pass"
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"water pump"
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"great trails"
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"highly recommend a trip"
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"pack a lunch"
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"bush land"
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"grey kangaroos"
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"entry fee"
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"deep space"
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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.
We saw grey kangaroos, koalas, etc.
You can also have a picnic where the kangaroos are as tables are provided.
This is a perfect place to take the kids out on a school holiday or on a weekend.

Thank Jennifer S
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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 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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