Experience the region's wildlife in a natural setting at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. 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 and boulders. Journey through wetlands, grassland, wet forest and sub-alpine forest, then learn about the program to bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction. Discover plenty about the natural and cultural history in the visitor centre or by attending a Ranger-guided walk, held every weekend, school holidays and public holiday. Bring a picnic and make a day of all things natural. Free electric, gas and wood-fired barbeques 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 Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of Australian animals living in diverse sub-alpine habitats including wetlands, grasslands, wet and dry forests and woodlands. These habitats support a wide range of wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds, Eastern Bettongs as well as many other animals. Tidbinbilla plays a vital role in wildlife management and protection, in particular the breeding programs for the endangered Northern Corroboree Frog and the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby. The Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla offers fabulous nature based experiences and a great way to discover our natural world.
For more information visit www.tidbinbilla.act.gov.au or call Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre on 6205 1233.
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Facilities and activities
Tidbinbilla has a number of picnic spots, barbecue facilities, 22 marked walking trails, and the Nature Discovery Playground for kids. Regular walks and fun activities are conducted every weekend, public holidays and selected days during school holiday.
- Electric BBQ
- Picnic shelter
- Picnic tables
- Walking trails
- Bike riding
Time suggested: 1.5 hours
A series of interconnected habitat zones, linked by an informative and interesting walking trail that is wheelchair friendly. There is also a shorter trail which is 1.1 km and takes approximately an hour.
Distance: 500 metres
Time suggested: 25 minutes
A short walk along the creek through the tall eucalypts brings you to magnificent granite tors once used as a shelter by local Aboriginal people.
Distance: 700 metres
Time suggested: 20 minutes
Don’t forget to look out for koalas as you take a short stroll through the wet eucalypt forest, home to wombats, wallabies, echidnas and many species of birds and reptiles. Wheelchair accessible.
Time suggested: 1.5 hours
A walk of contrasts, this trail passes in and out of moist fern filled gullies and open forest, whilst keeping an eye and ear open for signs of the elusive superb lyrebird.
Time suggested: 2-3 hours
Difficulty: moderate to hard
The most direct route to Gibraltar Peak starts from Dalsetta, passing through open grassland before the climb to Eliza Saddle. From here, the trail traverses for a short distance featuring some fantastic views. After a steep climb, the imposing Gibraltar Peak is reached. Return via the same route or take the longer route via Eliza Saddle, Birrigai Time Trail, the Visitor Centre and Congwarra Trail.
Camels Hump (Option 1)
Time suggested: 8 hours
Starting at the Visitor Centre, this walk
lets you experience a little bit of everything that Tidbinbilla has to offer. Be prepared for some of the best views in the ACT.
Tidbinbilla is located to the south of Canberra, an easy 40 minute drive from the city centre.
Access is off Paddy's River Road, via Cotter Road (Weston Creek). This route is picturesque but is currently subject to minor delays due to roadworks. An alternative route via Drakeford Drive, Woodcock Drive and Point Hut Crossing (Gordon) allows access via Tidbinbilla Road. Drive time from Point Hut is less than 20 minutes.
- Tidbinbilla is open 7.30 am to 8 pm during daylight savings and 7.30 am to 6 pm during non-daylight savings.
- The Visitor Centre is open 9 am to 5 pm.
- Tidbinbilla is closed on Christmas Day.
The Visitor Centre offers a great introduction to Tidbinbilla with friendly staff providing up to-date information about What's on at Tidbinbilla, wildlife sightings and any other interesting information on the day.
Enjoy the live animal displays including pythons, lizards and the endangered Northern Corroboree Frog.
Learn more about the Tidbinbilla environment through the hands-on information displays.
- Private vehicle (8 seats max): $11.50
- Seniors: $9.50
- Concession: $7.00
- Motorcycle: $5.00
Annual passes and group entry passes are also available.
Visit Tidbinbilla fees for more information.