2-day camping safari and wildlife tour at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Discover your wild side at Tidbinbilla on this exclusive overnight camping tour. Enjoy close encounters with Australian wildlife, guided walks and hearing about the important role Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve plays in protecting some of our threatened species. Immerse yourself in a region that shares 25,000 years of Aboriginal use with early European heritage. Walk amongst kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, emus, birdlife and other wildlife in their native habitat. At the end of the day, return to your wilderness camp for a hearty camp oven dinner and spotlight walk, where you’ll uncover the secrets of the bush at night.
The award-winning nature reserve is located an easy 40-minute drive south of the city centre 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:
- Australian 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: regular dates September-May (see below); and on request
Price: from $450 AUD per adult / $395 AUD per child
Tour inclusions as noted below
Day 1: Canberra – Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Your adventure starts with a 40-minute journey from Canberra city to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Take a quick comfort stop at the Visitor Centre before heading off on a guided tour of the Sanctuary taking in waterfowl, pelicans, brolga and platypus viewing. After lunch we visit the Eucalypt Forest to see koalas in the wild and assist rangers with potoroo feeding, before our drive through the hills of Jedbinbilla to Nil Desperandum, a restored pioneer homestead nestled in a hidden valley. Here we set up camp – with time to relax and enjoy the local surroundings and European heritage. Finish off the day with a camp oven dinner and stories under the stars. An optional spotlight walk includes searching for nocturnal wildlife around the camp. LD
Day 2: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – Canberra
Enjoy a camp breakfast before packing up and heading off to visit the Vet Centre – where you will learn about Tidbinbilla’s threatened species programs including the Northern Corroboree Frog, the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, and the Eastern Bettong. Our final adventure takes you to either Camels Hump or Gibraltar Rock for breathtaking views across the Tidbinbilla Valley. A late lunch is provided en-route, followed by a mid-afternoon return to Canberra. Approximate arrival time back to Canberra is 3pm. City and hotel drop offs are provided. BL
Note: itinerary times for activities may vary on the day.
B – breakfast L – lunch D – dinner
This eco tour is graded Medium. A moderate fitness level is recommended. Activities involve bush walking for up to 3km with some steep inclines, and night time spotlight activities.
- Maximum 8 people per group
- Minimum age for participation is 8 years
- Private group bookings available. Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult.
- Children between 8 and 12 can be accommodated on private group bookings
- Departure is guaranteed, subject to 3 people travelling
Naturewise’s Eco Escapes supports vital conservation outcomes and projects across Australia. This program supports wildlife conservation at Tidbinbilla. A portion of this tour cost is donated directly back to Tidbinbilla’s endangered species breeding programs for the critically endangered Northern Corroboree Frog, the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, and Eastern Bettong.
Location and Transportation
This holiday is located at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Australia’s Capital Territory.
You will be transported by either a 2WD forward-facing van or 4WD side-facing vehicle with air conditioning
Nil Desperandum is a wilderness camp providing views of the Tidbinbilla mountain range. Facilities are basic; with a drop-toilet and no shower. A stretcher bed, swag, and pillow are provided (bring your own sleeping bag). Single or twin share accommodation options are also available. For those seeking a true Australian bush experience you can even choose to sleep under the stars in your swag.
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.
Camping: Adults $450 AUD per adult / Children 12 yrs and under $395 AUD per child
1 night’s camping accommodation • experienced Conservation Volunteers guide • return transfers from Canberra • all meals • scheduled activities and wildlife viewing • maximum 8 passengers • contribution to endangered species recovery programs at Tidbinbilla.
Items of a personal nature • alcoholic beverages • travel insurance • travel to/from Canberra departure point.
Friday 27-Saturday 28 January 2017 – Bookings closed
Friday 3-Saturday 4 February 2017 – Bookings closed
Wednesday 12 April-Thursday 13 April 2017 – Bookings closed
Departs: 9am Canberra from city hotels
Returns: to Canberra city at approximately 3pm
This tour operators from September through to May. Alterative dates and group bookings are available on request and subject to availability – Email your inquiry