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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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RMB 141 Paddys River Rd | Paddys River, 2620, Australia
+61 62051233
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Back to nature

Absolutely loved our trip to Tidbinbilla. Beautiful place, great value for money and for the most... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
CatherineGeoff
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A Fabulous Visitors Centre and Reserve

Tidbinbilla, what a lovely name for a reserve which was recommended to us by friends. On entering... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AussieDiver53
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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.
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RMB 141 Paddys River Rd | Paddys River, 2620, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved our trip to Tidbinbilla. Beautiful place, great value for money and for the most part it felt like we were the only humans there. Kangaroos and Koalas my favorite however constantly something to spot or listen too Well worth a visit, just the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tidbinbilla, what a lovely name for a reserve which was recommended to us by friends. On entering the reserve, about 30 minute drive from Canberra, there is ample parking and after paying the small admission fee you can enjoy the beauty of this part of...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A great location worth the drive. The wetland walks were nice and well signposted, saw many birds, turtles. There are also many kangaroos throughout the reserve.

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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

This nature preserve gives visitors a great taste of proper Australian countryside complete with bush, forest, rolling hills and the various wildlife that live there. There are different paths visitors can take and they're all clearly marked with good lookout points from which to view...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Unbelievable views of wildlife, especially kangaroos. We also saw platypuses, brolgas, and turtles. Very helpful rangers as well.

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Reviewed 17 December 2017

Visited the Reserve later in the day, on a Guided Tour with Canberra Guided Tours. A beautiful area, teeming with kangaroos and other wildlife. We saw Koalas, an emu with 2 chicks, potoroo and assorted birdlife. The highlight was the brief sighting of a platypus...More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

We went to Tidbinbilla on Sunday and did the Sanctuary walk. We were surprised at the beautiful series of ponds, bridges and paths. We love all the little information signs. The walk was easy. We saw a platypus, ducks, moorhens, a pelican, swans, tortoises, bluetongues...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Went to Tidbinbilla for a day in early November 2017. Saw potoroos, swamp wallabies, kangaroos, Koalas, and duckbilled Platypus surfacing for air. wonderful nature walks there. Only saw a fraction of what is there. Definitely a place to see if in/near Canberra.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Visited Tidbinbilla while attending a Xmas function in ACT and had a free day,Only a 30 min drive from ACT. On entering the reserve there is free parking and a map that details the walks that you can undertake from 1 hour to adays hike.A...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

I traveled in the middle of winter and despite bright sunshine on all other days, the day I visited it rained. But despite the rain the koala mum did allow us to see her baby, which was kind of her.

Thank Carolyn H
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Theresa H
9 November 2017|
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Response from Jon M | Reviewed this property |
You probably need a car inside the park unless you want to hike miles.... we had a car and was able to visit the top and all points in between. I️ think a car is required!!
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Jenniferlim25
1 July 2017|
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Response from Tidbinbilla | Property representative |
Thanks for your question! Yes there is accommodation available within Tidbinbilla at the Nils Desperandum Homestead. The historic European homestead has been described by a guest as "Camping under a tin roof", which... More
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Gumtr
6 October 2015|
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Response from Michelle V | Reviewed this property |
It is illegal to pay koalas in Canberra. But you can get to within 10 metres of a group of them here. You will definitely see kangaroos and even platypus
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