Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 5.0 (reviews)

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About Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Picture this....you sitting in a dark room, staring at the computer screen trying to pass that level you have been stuck on for days, and not seen the light in probably the same amount of time.  OR, picture yourself outside, with the sun shining on your face, as you try and spot the cheeky wildlife in the bushes, before playing and running along the trails and playgrounds?

We don't know about you, but the latter seems mighty fun to us!

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is a great option for those families who want to get out into the beautiful and calming Australian bushland.

They have a wide range of Australian animals living in these diverse sub-alpine habitats (if you don't know what that is, all the more reason to go and learn about it!). They have wetlands, grasslands, forests and woodlands.

Naturally, where there is a natural environment, you get wildlife! Possums, wombats, echidnas, lyrebirds, emus, platypus, koalas, kangaroos and wallaroos all call this area home. How many different species do you think you can try and spot?!

If exploring the bushland wasn't enough for them, the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has the Nature Discovery Playground where kids will have a great time playing, climbing and hiding. The playground takes inspiration from the natural beauty of Tidbinbilla Valley and believe us, there is a lot of it!

Take your bike and enjoy a family ride along the sealed roads or fire trails (but it's only allowed on the formed roads and trails only)

There is a wheelchair accessible pathway which meanders through a series of interconnected habitats which allow you to enjoy the look outs, search for platypus from the boardwalks or observe the pretty cool bird life! You might even spot a reptile or two!

On weekends, public holidays or school holidays you can enjoy ranger guided tours or volunteer interpreters, so if you want to learn a bit more about the area, try and join up with one of those! 

So we'll ask - what would you prefer? Computers, or Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve?  We thought so! 

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Adults $14.50 for a Day Pass private vehicle (up to 8 seats)

Last Update 2023

Discount Annual passes available from $27 concession

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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve FAQ’s

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve?

Take a picnic and enjoy their BBQ areas and great places for a family lunch! There's also a kiosk which serve coffee, snacks and ice-cream.

Any top tips when visiting?

Check out the Tidbinbilla on a Ranger guided walk or activity. Regular walks and fun activities are conducted every weekend, public holidays and selected days during school holiday. You can never learn too much!

Does Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve have a gift shop?

Grap yourself a guidebook, map, toys and cards in the gift shop which offers a wide range of souvenirs!

Teachers corner

Tidbinbilla wants to make sure that kids learn about the environment in a fascinating and effective way. They support ACT and interstate schools with their high quality educational programs, and also open its doors for the community. They can organise group tours aimed for schools where you can learn more about the Aboriginal connection to the country, wildlife and settlers.

Does Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve have healthy eating or Vegan options?

Vegetarian options available

Is Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve fully accessible?

Mobility access is available in The Sanctuary, Eucalypt Forests, Sheedys Picnic Area and the Visitor Centre. There are accessible toilets, parking areas and paved footpaths.

Any additonal information?

You can purchase tickets from the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre.