Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in the Australian Alps, which straddle the NSW, Victoria and ACT borders, is full of surprises for visitors and is perfect for family fun.
The reserve features spectacular exposed granite tors, foothill valleys and sheltered streams that are home to many native animals and plants.
You’ll spot wildlife including eastern grey kangaroos, echidnas, wallabies and emus in their natural habitat, and don’t forget to look up as you stroll through the eucalyptus forest to discover koalas in the leafy canopy. There’s also a sheltered enclosure where visitors can check out these iconic creatures up close and learn more about them during talks by rangers.
The Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla offers fabulous opportunities to experience a wetlands ecosystem surrounded by bushland and protected by a predator-proof fence, providing a safe refuge for many animals.
The monthly explorer program of ranger-guided activities is well worth investigating, with activities including koala walks, platypus talks and pelican feeding.
Tidbinbilla also offers booked activities such as water bugs, geo journey walks, cubby building, billy tea and damper experiences, plus the chance to learn about and have a go at throwing Aboriginal spears and boomerangs. If you want to go it alone, try the adventure obstacle course, a visit to the Historic Rock Valley Homestead or spend some time at the nature adventure playground which has a flying fox and other equipment the kids will love.
For families and friends, Tidbinbilla is an ideal location for a barbecue in designated areas, with plenty of parking, toilets and picnic tables.
Once you’ve got your energy levels up, set off on one of the 21 marked walking trails, ranging from 15-minute strolls to an eight-hour bush walk. Trails traverse the sanctuary wetlands, forested areas and cascading mountain streams through lyrebird country, or go high into the mountain ridges with spectacular views of the ACT. Take in the diverse vegetation — from woodlands and grasslands to sub-alpine snow gum and poa grassland — as you go.
Tidbinbilla also plays an important role in biodiversity conservation, with a range of research programs underway to help protect the flora and fauna of the area. A threatened species program focuses on the Northern Corroboree Frog, the Eastern Bettong and the Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby. You can see the corroboree frogs most days in the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre, along with a number of other animals. It also has some lovely merchandise of these threatened species, with profits going towards their conservation.
Where to stay.
At just 25 minutes’ drive and one of the closest hotels to the reserve, Abode Tuggeranong is the perfect place to stay. In partnership with the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, have come up with the perfect package for families and groups.
Book our Abode Hotels Tidbinbilla Package and receive:
- A Tidbinbilla day pass voucher for a private vehicle – redeem at Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre
- $10 Abode Pantry Voucher (perfect to get your picnic started)
- FREE parking*
- FREE unlimited Wi-Fi
- Bottled water
- Overnight accommodation in a spacious, self-contained two-bedroom apartment.