Half-day 4WD tour to uncover the secrets of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Venture off the beaten track on a 3-hour guided 4WD adventure of award-winning Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and access areas which most visitors don’t get to see. Immerse yourself in a region that shares over 21,000 years of Aboriginal use, uncover the stories of Tidbinbilla’s early European heritage, see a variety of native Australian animals in the wild, and enjoy short walks to vantage points providing spectacular views over the Tidbinbilla ranges. Whatever your interest, our experienced local guides will share their wealth of knowledge of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Tidbinbilla is located just a 40-minute drive south of Canberra.
The name Tidbinbilla is derived from the Ngunnawal word ‘Jedbinbilla’ – a place where boys were made men. Birrigai takes its name from the Ngunnawal word for ‘laughter/to laugh’. There is evidence that Aboriginal people have lived in the Canberra region for at least 21,000 years. The Ngunnawal people are the traditional custodians of the Canberra region. The Canberra region was also a significant meeting place to neighbouring clans, including the Ngarigo, Wolgalu, Gundungurra, Yuin and Wiradjuri people. You will find out more about the culture of the Ngunnawal people at Tidbinbilla.
Eco Tour Highlights:
- Small group 4WD tour departing from Tidbinbilla (up to 8 people maximum)
- Local trained guide
- Guaranteed wildlife sightings
- Discover the natural and cultural wonders of Tidbinbilla
- Exclusive access to rarely seen locations
- Proceeds of this tour go to supporting endangered wildlife conservation programs at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Duration: 3 hours
Departs: regular dates and on request (see below)
Price: from $80 AUD per person
Family and group packages are available
9.30am – Meet at the Visitor Information Centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and be welcomed by your local guide.
9.45am – Depart on the guided 4WD adventure of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The tour includes exclusive access to ‘Nil Desperandum’ tucked away in the Tidbinbilla, and visits either Camels Hump or Gibraltar Rocks – both significant local landmarks. Your guide will share their local knowledge on the natural, cultural and historic values of the nature reserve as you encounter key points of interest and wildlife. Along the way we enjoy a morning tea break of cold drinks, a warm cuppa (tea or coffee) and snacks.
12.30pm – Tour concludes at the Visitor Information Centre.
Optional: why not bring your own lunch with you and enjoy more of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve at your leisure? A BBQ and picnic area available within the reserve.
Tidbinbilla 4WD tour is graded Easy. Some bush walking is involved on rocky tracks with loose surfaces.
- Maximum 8 people per group
- Minimum age for participation is 8 years
- Private group bookings available
- Departure is guaranteed, subject to 2 people travelling
What to bring
Water bottle, snacks, sun protection including sun hat, sunscreen (factor 30+) and sunglasses. Also bring warm clothing, wet weather gear (rain jacket) in event of wet weather. Don’t forget your camera, comfortable and enclosed walking shoes, and a small backpack to carry personal items with you.
This tour supports Tidbinbilla’s endangered species wildlife conservation programs for the endangered Northern Corroboree Frog, the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby and Eastern Bettong.
Location and Transportation
This 4WD tour departs from the Visitor Information Centre at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. 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). 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.
All prices are for a 3 hour tour.
Adults: $80 AUD per person
Tours suitable for children 8 years and above.
Guided 4WD tour in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, exclusive access to areas in the reserve, wildlife viewing, morning tea and entry into Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
Transport to the tour departure location – Visitor Information Centre at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, lunch and items of a personal nature.
Saturday 11th February – Bookings Closed
Saturday 25th February – Bookings Closed
Saturday 11th March – Bookings Closed
Saturday 25th March – Bookings Closed
Saturday 8th April – Bookings Closed
9.30am at the Visitor Information Centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
Tour returns at approximately 12.30pm to the Tidbinbilla Visitor Information Centre
To ensure the tour departs on time – please arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Tour departures are subject to a minimum of 2 bookings.
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