Tidbinbilla evening spotlighting walk: where the creatures of the night step into the light
Join our exclusive spotlighting wildlife tour to discover the hidden secrets of Tidbinbilla at night. This 2.5-hour personally-guided walking tour offers outstanding wildlife and natural experiences. The award-winning Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is set within a beautiful valley framed by rocky-topped mountains, an easy 40-minute drive from the city centre of Canberra. The tour meets in the Ribbon Gum car park 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.
‘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.
Eco Tour Highlights:
- 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 the endangered wildlife conservation programs at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Duration: 2.5 hours
Departs: regular dates all year (see below); and on request
Price: $45 AUD per adult / $35 AUD per child (7-12 years)
Family and group packages are available
Optional: arrive early and enjoy your own self-catered BBQ or picnic dinner in the park. The tour price includes entry into Tidbinbilla from 3.30pm.
Just before dusk we meet at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – in the Ribbon Gum car park. Departure times are noted below (times change due to the season/sunset time).
The evening tour starts with a welcome and an overview about Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve with our local and experienced volunteer guide.
The evening guided spotlight walking tour will take you 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, suited to the groups’ pace. Tidbinbilla offers the chance to see Australia’s iconic wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and emus, as well as some more unique and endangered species such as the Brush-tailed Rock wallabies, long-nosed Potoroos and Eastern Bettongs.
At the end of the tour, your guide wishes you farewell, and you depart Tidbinbilla via your own transport.
Please note: we encourage photos to support our best practice spotlight practices, therefore we ask that no flash photography is used on the nocturnal tour.
This tour is rated Easy. We will be bush walking for approximately 3 kilometres.
What to bring
Please bring a good pair of enclosed walking shoes, warm clothing, a hat, and a warm jumper or jacket as evenings can be cool. Don’t forget your camera, a personal torch if required (for walking back to your vehicle after the tour), a water bottle (preferably a re-useable non-plastic one) and light refreshments. If it is wet weather please bring your rain jacket.
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 Eastern Bettong.
Location and Transportation
The ‘Tid after Dark’ wildlife 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): $35 AUD per child
Tours are suitable for children 7 years and above.
Sanctuary tour • wildlife viewing and spotlight tour • exclusive after-hours Reserve access • experienced local guide
Your tour price includes entry into Tidbinbilla from 3.30pm. You are welcome to spend the day at the park – please note that standard entry fees will apply if you choose to arrive before 3.30pm.
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 in the park amongst the wildlife before the tour.
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Meeting Point: Ribbon Gum Carpark at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – Tid After Dark – meeting location map.
- December-March 7.45pm
- April 5.30pm
- May 5.00pm
- June-July 4.30pm
- August 5.00pm
- September 5.30pm
- October 6.00pm
- November 7.00pm
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 people booking.
Large and small group bookings are available on a Saturday or Sunday year round, subject to availability and weather. Email our reservations team.
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