Great day to be had at Tidbinbilla reserve

Open dayA short drive to the west of our city a secluded valley can be found nestled beneath a stunning mountain range, a valley steeped in history. With evidence dating back more than 21,000 years it provides a tangible link to a vibrant cultural landscape. A place where indigenous families gathered, a spiritual place, a place where communities celebrated ancient customs, shared dreamtime stories.  

Today Tidbinbilla continues to hold a very special place in the fabric of our community; it is one valley with many stories.  As an iconic nature reserve for over 80 years Tidbinbilla has been conserving the past, preserving the present and celebrating the wonders of the natural world. Renowned for its leading role in threatened species recovery programs Tidbinbilla is undoubtedly the jewel in the bush capital crown.

This Sunday we will be extending a warm welcome to the Tidbinbilla Open Day. Over the years this wonderful event has become a perennial family favourite with a free day of entertainment, live music, children’s activities and nature-based experiences all held in the greatest venue of all, the great outdoors.  With an overarching theme of Celebrating Diversity, the day promises to be a celebration of Tidbinbilla’s diverse people, habitats and shared heritage.  

With the gates thrown open from 10 am to 3 pm it’s merely a magnificent opportunity to immerse, connect and encounter the wonders of nature in a relaxed family friendly atmosphere.

Throughout the day explore Tidbinbilla. Learn about our highly successful Corroboree Frog breeding program along with the shadow from the past making a triumphant return, the critically endangered Brush-Tailed Rock Wallaby. There are also opportunities to spot an elusive platypus on a wetland meander or encounter koala in the tree tops.

Sheedy’s Picnic Area will host entertainment for all ages including amazing Questacon stage shows guaranteed to captivate your imagination, discover the secret lives of reptiles while gleaning an insight into our remarkable conservation programs. For the little ones and young at heart there will be face painting, a wonderful obstacle course and live music from Guyy & the Fox. All designed to simply chill out and unwind.

For less screen time and more green time Nature Play CBR will entice the kids to leave technology behind as they immerse themselves in the Great Nature Scavenger Hunt, a mission of exploring and seeking natural treasures throughout the reserve.  

To stay up to date and ensure you don’t miss this fantastic free family event why not like us on Face book or visit You can even talk to us on 6205 1233.

What: Tidbinbilla Open Day

Where: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Paddy’s River Road

When: Sunday 2 April 2017, from 10 am to 3 pm.

Brett Mac

Brett McNamara - Regional Manager with ACT Parks & Conservation Service

Brett loves our national parks almost as much as the Gang-gang on his uniform. He is prone to using the word 'majestic' when referring to the bush capital. He loves talking. A lot. His favourite animal is the playful Platypus.

Article also appeared in The Chronicle