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Ahead of the autumn school holidays, we explore Canberra’s bushland gem, Tidbinbilla.
With snow gum woodlands and open grasslands in its valley, Tidbinbilla is home to more than 160 species of birds as well as platypus, echidnas, koalas, wallabies, emus, kangaroos and more.
A 45-minute drive south from the city centre, there are many fun ways you can explore Tidbinbilla.
What better way to explore the area inside Tidbinbilla than on an e-bike with experienced guides from Canberra Urban Adventures. This half-day tour will see you cycle past mobs of kangaroos, take a wildlife spotting walk through the Eucalypt Forest and Sanctuary area and stop off at the nearby Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex used by NASA. This tour is ideal for visitors who don’t have a car – it starts near the lakeside National Library of Australia and you can be dropped back to your accommodation at the end.
Guided cycling tours
Canberra Bike Tours offers a six hour cycling tour through Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. You will travel on the 16kms sealed loop road and see Australian fauna and flora up close. A picnic lunch and guide is included in the tour, which is run with a minimum of two people.
Aboriginal cultural tours
Learn about the Aboriginal history on a full day guided tour of Tidbinbilla with Dharwra Aboriginal Cultural Tours. Offered each Thursday and the last Saturday of the month, you will learn about Aboriginal occupation in the Canberra region and experience examples of Aboriginal sites, the cultural landscape and bush foods. The 4WD tour leaves from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.
Family camping during school holidays
The popular Wildfest Pop Up Family Wilderness Camp returns to Tidbinbilla in the April 2019 school holidays. There’s no need to pitch a tent or take food – all of that is taken care of for you. Itineraries change depending on which night you go, but you could be discovering the indigenous history of the area with an Aboriginal ranger, going behind the scenes at the onsite veterinary centre, wildlife spotting at night or enjoying an early morning walk.
A ranger guided tour offer insights into the history and management of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Ranger talks can cover topics such as the Australian plants, animals and habitats at Tidbinbilla, its wetlands and waterbirds at The Sanctuary, fire ecology and Aboriginal culture and heritage. You’ll need to book in advance of your visit for these one hour ranger guided activities through the Tidbinbilla website.
Self-guided walks and rides
Tidbinbilla can be explored on food and bike. There are 22 marked trails at Tidbinbilla – ranging from a 15 minute walk to full day hikes. If you bring your own bike, you’ll need to stick to the sealed roads or fire trails. You can grab a map from the Visitors Centre or download it from Tidbinbilla’s website.