Driving Out to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

by Rosemarie John on August 22, 2015

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

The great thing about Canberra is that while you could be dinning in variety of places, you could be out exploring a nature reserve the next! The number of things to do outdoors are abundant and on a fine Saturday morning, we braved the strong cold winds and decided on a light picnic amongst curious kangaroos at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Tidbinbilla, the traditional Country of the Ngunnawal people for at least 21,000 years is part of the Australian Alps national park, a series of parks and reserves that span Australia’s south-eastern high country. It has over twenty walking trails that range from easy short strolls to an all day bushwalk. We skipped bushwalking and made our way to the Eucalypt Forest to go koala spotting. We did not walk the entire length of the trail but were fortunate to bump into a Ranger who was just about to give a talk on koalas.

Right opposite the entrance to the Eucalypt Forest is the Sanctuary which is home to platypuses. The Sanctuary is protected by predator-proof fence and provides a safe refuge for native animals. The pathways are even accessible to wheelchairs. Instead of venturing into the Sanctuary, we got into the car and drove up to a look-out point. The views of the surrounding forests were beautiful especially when the sun decided to show itself. What started out as a very cold morning turned into a lovely sunny afternoon.

Back at The Flints, a mob of kangaroos surrounded us as we sat down on a picnic table for a quick bite of our sandwiches. I was a bit worried if they would get too close but as soon as we finished eating, these curious marsupials hopped away. I know kangaroos are everywhere in Canberra but it was an awesome way to see them oh! so close as they starred me down while I chewed away.

Did you know? 

The name ‘Tidbinbilla’ comes from ‘Jedbinbilla’, meaning ‘where boys become men’, referring to initiation ceremonies on the mountain tops.

We’re definitely heading to the Sanctuary on our next trip!


Driving to Tidbinbilla

Drive Directions: Tidbinbilla is located to the south of Canberra, an easy 40 minute drive from the city centre.

Entry Fees: It cost $11.50 for a day pass for a private vehicle. Find complete details on entry fees here.

Ranger Guided Activities: Check and download the program here.

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Angie @ GnomeAngel.com August 23, 2015 at 9:08 am

Loving this look at the surrounding countryside of Canberra. Love the new car (won’t lose that in a snow storm!). Thanks for sharing! (Next time we’ll all have to go together – I’m sure the little man would love it!)
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Rosemarie John August 23, 2015 at 4:05 pm

We would love to go together! We did get a little lost getting there but we found our way eventually 🙂 I really enjoyed sitting amongst the Kangaroos. I am sure your little man would be intrigued! 🙂


Liz (Good Things) August 24, 2015 at 11:42 am

One of my favourite Canberra destinations… would you believe I’ve been going there since the 1960s! Loved your photos xx


Rosemarie John August 24, 2015 at 12:01 pm

It’s hard not to make it a favourite! Now that we know what its like, we will definitely be heading up in a more planned fashion and spend the whole day there! Thanks Liz! XX


Uma August 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Nice nature reserve … but the koalas make it for me 🙂
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Rosemarie John August 25, 2015 at 8:15 am

Koalas always do! 🙂


Culture Tripper August 26, 2015 at 11:18 am

From koalas to kangaroos, it’s amazing the diversity of activities and wildlife that you can see on a day trip from Canberra. Useful info that the pathways and experience are accessible to people of all abilities!
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Rosemarie John August 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Such experiences in Canberra is just tip of an iceberg of what’s actually around us… we are definitely going to start exploring more! I really enjoyed koala spotting but for the platypus spotting we would need to get a pair of binoculars. 🙂


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