Tidbinbilla – Private Camping Safari

2-day camping adventure: a ‘behind the scenes’ Australian wildlife experience

Want a traditional Australian camping experience but short on time? Escape the city and experience traditional Australian hospitality. View wildlife in a natural setting, and learn about the local Aboriginal culture and history. The award-winning Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is located an easy 40-minute drive south from the city centre of Canberra. This 1-night camping trip is ideal if you have limited time, and want to have a true Aussie experience. The camping tour offers exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ access, and you’ll be personally guided through the local natural and cultural history of the reserve. Experience close encounters with wildlife, tour the endangered species breeding centre, and discover the Tidbinbilla Valley. Sample local food and wine under the stars, and sleep in a traditional Australian ‘swag’ at your private and secluded wilderness camp.

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:

  • Unique Australian ‘swag’ camping experience – under the stars
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Learn about the Ngunnawal people and culture
  • Exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ access with a personal guide
  • Tour of the endangered species breeding centre at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • Local scenery – Gibraltar Rocks, Tidbinbilla Valley, Camels Hump


Duration: 2 days
Departs: Mondays-Fridays (all year) on request

Price: $840 AUD per person
Tour inclusions as noted below


Day 1: Canberra – Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Your private safari is tailored to your interests. Take an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the conservation and research breeding complex at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, to discover the work Tidbinbilla undertakes in endangered wildlife conservation. Tidbinbilla manages highly successful breeding programs for the critically endangered Northern Corroboree Frog, the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby and the Eastern Bettong on behalf of the ACT Government.

Enjoy a 4WD adventure to Gibraltar Rocks for spectacular views of towering granite boulders and the broad expanse of the Tidbinbilla Valley.

After a day of wildlife viewing, 4WD adventures, and bushwalking travel through the hills of Jedbinbilla, we head to our private wilderness camp tucked away in a hidden valley. Relax over a glass of local wine and traditional camp oven dinner under the stars. LD

Day 2: Tidbinbilla – Canberra

Rise to the sounds of nature, fresh coffee and a cooked breakfast. Your day will be tailored to suit your interests – guided walks, platypus spotting, walk amongst the kangaroos, search for koalas in the Eucalypt forest, bird watching, or take a 4WD adventure to Camels Hump for picturesque views across the northern edge of the heritage listed Australian Alps. Approximate arrival time back to Canberra is 4.30pm. BL

B – breakfast L – lunch D – dinner


This eco tour is graded Easy to Medium. Activities are tailored to individual interests and fitness levels. Some bush walking required.

Group Size

  • 1 – 8 people
  • Minimum age for participation is 8 years
  • Departure is guaranteed (subject to the Reserve not being closed during High Fire danger periods)
  • This trip offers guaranteed departures subject to 2 people travelling

Conservation Impact

All of Naturewise’s Eco Escapes allow you to play a vital role in the conservation of our natural environment, while enjoying some of Australia’s most spectacular places. This tour supports Tidbinbilla’s endangered species breeding programs for the critically endangered Northern Corroboree Frog, the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, and the Eastern Bettong.

Location and Transportation

This eco tour is set within a beautiful valley framed by rocky-topped mountains. The award-winning Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to iconic Australian wildlife including kangaroos and koalas.

You will be transported by a 4WD side-facing vehicle with air conditioning.


Surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature your secluded wilderness camp is tucked away in a hidden valley. Sleep in a traditional Australian ‘swag’ with a few added comforts – stretcher bed, mattress, linen, pillow and camp towel. You can choose to sleep out under the stars, or in roofed accommodation in the restored 1890’s pioneer cottage Nil Desperandum.

Swag: in Australia, a swag is a portable sleeping unit. It is normally a bundle of belongings rolled in a traditional fashion, when travelling by foot in the bush. These days, an Australian ‘swag’ is a canvas bedroll normally with zips down either side. It is mostly waterproof, usually with a foam matress, a pillow and a canvas flap to go over your head.
Some swags can be more like a tent, but the traditional swag is basic.


All prices are for 2 days, per person.

Minimum booking or charge is for 2 people: $840 AUD per person

Additional person: $320 AUD per person

Meals as noted • 1 nights swag accommodation • private guide •  return transfers from Canberra • behind the scenes experiences • donation to the endangered species recovery programs at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Items of a personal nature • travel insurance • travel to/from Canberra departure point.

Departure Dates

Operates  Monday – Friday all year round on demand – Email us to make a booking or free call 1800 032 501


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