Half-day wildlife discovery walk at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Get wild! This exclusive 2.5-hour guided walking tour takes place at the award-winning Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, a short 40-minute drive south from the city centre of Canberra. Join our trained volunteer guide on a wildlife walk through the sanctuary’s wetland and surrounding eucalypt forest. Discover some of Australia’s most unique and endangered native animals. Spot the elusive brush-tailed rock wallaby or shy platypus, observe the resident and migratory bird life and enjoy kangaroos grazing on the grasses. Stroll through the wet eucalypt forest looking for koalas, wallaroos, parrots, wombats, echidnas and wallabies. Learn about the vital role Tidbinbilla plays in wildlife protection, including breeding programs for the endangered Northern Corroboree Frog, the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, and the Eastern Bettong. Whether you are interested in the region’s wildlife or the history, our experienced local guides will share their wealth of knowledge on the natural and cultural values of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
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.
Eco Tour Highlights:
- Guaranteed wildlife sightings
- Small group walking tour with a local and trained guide
- Discover the natural and cultural wonders of Tidbinbilla
- This tour supports endangered wildlife conservation programs at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Duration: 2.5 hours
Departs: regular dates (see below); and on request
Price: $45 AUD per adult / $32 AUD per child (7-12 years)
Family and group packages are available
10.30am – Meet at Ribbon Gum Car Park, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Welcomed by your local guide.
10.45am – Guided walking tour of the Sanctuary and Eucalypt Forest. 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. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
1.00pm – Tour completes
Optional: Why not bring your own lunch with you and enjoy more of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve at your leisure? Activities available include the pelican feeding which takes place at 1.30pm daily.
This tour is graded Easy. We will be bush walking for approximately 3 kilometres.
What to bring
Please bring a water bottle (preferably re-useable, not plastic), snacks, and sun protection including sun hat, sunscreen (factor 30+) and sunglasses. Bring warm clothing or wet weather gear (rain jacket) in event of wet weather. And 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
The ‘Wildlife Discovery Walk’ tour departs from the Ribbon Gum car park of 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. Full and half day tours are also available departing from Canberra city.
All prices are for a 2.5 hour tour.
Adults: $45 AUD per adult
Child (7-12yrs): $32 AUD per child
Tours are suitable for children 7 years and above.
Guided walking tour of the Sanctuary and Eucalypt Forest with our local and trained volunteer guide, wildlife viewing and entry into Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
Food, beverages and transport to the tour departure location – Ribbon Gum Car Park at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, items of a personal nature.
Saturday 18th February – Bookings Closed
Sunday 19th February – Bookings Closed
Saturday 25th February – Bookings Closed
Sunday 26th February – Bookings Closed
Saturday 4th March – Bookings Closed
Sunday 5th March – Bookings Closed
Saturday 11th March – Bookings Closed
Sunday 12th March – Bookings Closed
Saturday 18th March – Bookings Closed
Sunday 19th March – Bookings Closed
Saturday 25th March – Bookings Closed
Sunday 26th March – Bookings Closed
Meeting Point: 10.30am Ribbon Gum Carpark at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – Tid After Dark – meeting location map.
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.
Large and small group bookings are available on a Saturday or Sunday year round, subject to availability and weather. Email our reservations team: firstname.lastname@example.org