Canberra is home to one of the finest places to see Australian native fauna like koalas, kangaroos, emus, echidnas, platypus and water birds in a natural setting. Tidbinbilla nature reserve offers both Aboriginal cultural activities and a rich history and outstanding wildlife viewing all in one location. Tidbinbilla is only 45 minute’s drive from the city centre.
Walk through large range enclosures and see animals in their natural settings. Discover the leading role Tidbinbilla plays in breeding the critically endangered Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby and the Northern Corroboree Frog. Personally contribute to this important research as you assist wildlife officers with the wildlife breeding and animal monitoring program of brush-tailed rock-wallabies or potoroos on specially tailored Naturewise at Tidbinbilla tours.
Discover plenty about the natural and cultural history in the visitor centre or by attending
a ranger-guided walk, held every weekend and public holiday.
Explore a reserve rich in Aboriginal history including artefacts and rock shelters dating back to at least 21,000 years ago and see a stunning array of plants, animals as you meander among granite boulders. Experience Ngunnawal country at Tidbinbilla and other locations around Canberra with an Aboriginal ranger on one of many tours offered by Murumbung Yurung Murra Cultural Tours.
Journey through The Sanctuary which features habitats like wetlands, temperate grassland, wet forest and sub-alpine forest to truly appreciate Australian temperate flora. Visit Tidbinbilla throughout the year to observe a kaleidoscope of delicate blooms and fruits during seasonal flowering of Australian native plants.
Bring a picnic and make a day of all things natural. Free electric and wood-fired barbecues are available.
You can also explore the Tidbinbilla precinct and voyage into space at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, buy an ice cream in the quaint village of Tharwa, visit Lanyon Homestead, ride the alpine bobsled at Corin Forest and even camp nearby in Namadgi National Park.
Tidbinbilla opening times
Summer weekend, public and school holidays
Winter hours 7 days a week
Daylight saving time
private vehicle (up to 8 seats)
Annual Pass private vehicle (concession)
Annual Pass Motorcycles
Annual Pass Motorcycles (concession)
Day Pass private vehicle (up to 8 seats)
Day Pass private vehicle (concession)
Day Pass motorcycles
Day Pass Group entry (coaches, per person)
Day Pass Group entry (school groups, per person)
Visit the Tidbinbilla website or phone 02 6205 1233 for more information.
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