Ranger Guided Activity – Enquiry Form

Ranger Guided Activities can be provided to groups of 40 people or less. Our program is available Monday to Fridays, with the exception of Wednesdays before noon, public holidays and school holidays. Groups are always welcome to come on self guided visits to the Reserve if a Ranger is not available. If self guided you do not need to complete this form but we would appreciate if you gave us a call on 6205 1233 or email Tidbinbilla@act.gov.au to tell us when you plan on coming, so we can make a note in our front of house diary.

Date/s requested:

Please arrive ½ before time request to allow for toilet breaks etc. The time stated above will be when your tour starts. Each Ranger tour is one hour.

To give you the best experience, maximum group size is 40 children/adults.

The Rangers can talk to your group on one these themes:

Tidbinbilla is an ideal place to see and study some of Australia’s remarkable flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Between snow gum woodlands on the range and open grasslands on the valley floor it has examples of most temperate region ecosystems. With so many niches, it is little wonder that Tidbinbilla teems with life. Over 160 species of birds have been recorded in the area. There are platypus, echidnas, wombats, wallabies, emus, kangaroos and many more things to encounter. Tidbinbilla is a living, breathing and ever changing classroom.

The Sanctuary is spectacular series of 5 constructed ponds set in tall Eucalypt forest beside the Tidbinbilla River. There are 2 kilometres of track and boardwalk that meander through the wetlands giving easy access to a network of platforms and viewpoints. There is a large and diverse population of resident waterbirds, along with platypus, frogs, snakes, turtles and lizards. The Sanctuary is a perfect place to see and learn about wetland ecosystems and all the living things they support.

Fire is a key ecological process in the Australia landscape. The plants and animals of this hot dry land have adapted to fire and in many cases need it to survive. Fire germinates seeds, opens the canopy and helps create vital nesting hollows for birds. It stimulates plant growth, changes the soil chemistry and shatters granite tors. Tidbinbilla has seen many large fires and has been sculpted by these events. There is no better classroom to learn about the impact of fire and the vital role it plays in a healthy ecosystem.

Hanging rock is one of many rock formations In the area that became a perfect shelter used by the aboriginal people of the region. The nugnnawal people have been using sites like this for around 25 thousand years of this region’s history. In recent years much of the evidence for this occupation has been found and can still be seen today. A cultural tour to this site will show people the way of life experienced by the first Australians in this area and also provide insight into Tidbinbilla’s early aboriginal history. Bush tuckers and medicines found along the track and how to create a basic shelter will be shown for a better understanding of how the nugnnawal people have survived here for thousands of years.

Ranger Guided Activities are charged at $100 for the hour tour for a maximum of 40 people, plus $1 per student / $2 per adult park entry. If you just want to come in self guided, only the entry fee applies. If self guided you do not need to complete this form but we would appreciate if you gave us a call on 6205 1233 or email Tidbinbilla@act.gov.au to tell us when you plan on coming, so we can make a note in our front of house diary.

Once we have received your booking request, a team member will be in touch to confirm whether we are able to accommodate you.
Terms and conditions

  • Sometimes Ranger Guided Activities have to be cancelled due to high winds or on days of total fire bans. We will phone you 24 hours before your visit if the Reserve is going to be closed.
  • The fee is $100 for an hour tour and starts at the time when you ask the Ranger to meet your group. We would suggest you arrive ½ hour before the start time to allow for a toilet break, coffee or time for everyone to arrive.
  • Please note: This booking is not confirmed until you have received email confirmation from a member of the Tidbinbilla team. We will endeavour to get back to you within 3 business days. We have a small Ranger team so not all requests can be accommodated.