Looking for nocternal wildlife at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in the ACT

Tidbinbilla – Tid After Dark

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Where the creatures of the night step into the light.

Join our guided spotlight tour to discover the hidden secrets of Tidbinbilla at night. Offering outstanding wildlife and natural experiences, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is set within a beautiful valley framed by rocky-topped mountains.

Tid after Dark is an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the Australian bush at night. At dusk the reserve comes to life with some of Australia’s unique and iconic wildlife. With our experienced volunteer guides you’ll discover the natural wonders of this special reserve and the chance to see possums, kangaroos, koalas, long-nosed potoroos, eastern bettongs and critically endangered southern brush-tailed rock wallabies in the wild.

  • Guaranteed wildlife sightings
  • Exclusive after-hours access to the reserve
  • Guided nocturnal walk with experienced local guides
  • Discover the natural, cultural and historical wonders of the Tidbinbilla Valley
  • Tours support wildlife conservation programs at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Duration: 2.5 hours 
Price: from AUD $45 Per Person. Family packages available


Optional – arrive early and enjoy your own self catered BBQ or picnic dinner in the park.

Just before dusk we meet at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Ribbon Gum car park.

Welcome and overview with our local and experienced volunteer guide.

Evening guided spotlight walk through the sanctuary – keep your eyes and ears open for nocturnal wildlife. The guided walk will take approximately 2.5 hours and is easy walking at the groups pace.  Tidbinbilla offers the chance to see Australia’s iconic wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and emus,  as well as more unique species such as the brush-tailed rock wallabies, long-nosed potoroos and eastern bettongs.

Group farewell and depart Tidbinbilla via your own transport.

Please note that while we encourage photos to support our best practice spotlight practices we ask that  no flash photography is used on the nocturnal tour.


This program is rated easy. We will be walking for approximately 3 kilometres.

What to bring

A good pair of enclosed walking shoes, warm clothing, hat, fleece or jacket as evenings can be cool, rain jacket in wet weather, your camera, a personal torch if required (for walking back to your vehicle after the tour),  a personal water bottle and light refreshments.

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 support Tidbinbilla’s endangered species breeding programs for the critically endangered Northern Corroboree Frog and the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby.

Location and transportation

This spotlight tour departs from the Ribbon Gum Car Park at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in the ACT.


All prices are for a 2.5 hour tour.

Adults: AUD $45 per person
Child (7-12yrs):  AUD $32 per person
Family (2A/2C): AUD $135 per family

Tours suitable for children 7 years and above.

Sanctuary tour • wildlife viewing and spotlight tour •  exclusive after hours Reserve access • experienced local guide

Travel to the departure point at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve • food • travel insurance • accommodation

Food is not provided or available during this tour. Please make suitable arrangements to eat before or after the tour, or bring a BBQ pack or picnic to enjoy dinner amongst the wildlife before the tour.

Departure dates

Saturday 7th January 2017 – Book Now
Saturday 21st January 2017 – Book Now
Saturday 4th February 2017 – Book Now
Saturday 18th February 2017 – Book Now
Saturday 4th March 2017 – Book Now
Saturday 18th March 2017 – Book Now

Meeting Point: Ribbon Gum Carpark at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – Tid After Dark – meeting location map.

Departure Times:

  • Dec – March 7.45pm
  • April 5.30pm
  • May 5.00pm
  • June – July 4.30pm
  • August 5.00pm
  • Sept 5.30pm
  • Oct 6.00pm
  • Nov 7.00pm

To ensure an on time departure 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.

Can’t see a suitable tour date – email us for alternative dates.


Tid After Dark – meeting location map

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