In line with ACT Health advice, ACT Parks and Conservation Service has implemented new public safety measures to protect visitors, volunteers, customers and staff in response to the pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve's Ranger Guided Activities and School Holiday Programs are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 and the declared public health emergency.
For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit the ACT COVID-19 website.
Join a Ranger or Wildlife Officer on an educational activity to learn more about the reserve, it’s heritage and cultural connections, and about the plants and animals.
Schools or organised groups can prearrange a Ranger Guided Activity based on one of topics listed below.
Guided activities can be provided to groups of up to 30 and run for one hour. If your group has more than 30 people, or you would like to enquire about a longer activity, additional staff members may be required (at an additional charge). We will do our best to accommodate your group within our operational requirements.
Our program is available Monday to Fridays, with the exception of public holidays and school holidays.
Activities are charged at $153 per ranger per hour.
Australian Plants, Animals and Habitats
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, koalas, wallabies, emus, kangaroos and more to encounter. Tidbinbilla is a living, breathing and ever changing classroom.
Wetlands and Waterbirds
The Sanctuary is spectacular series of five constructed ponds set in tall Eucalypt forest beside the Tidbinbilla River. There is 2km 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.
Aboriginal Culture and Heritage
Hanging Rock is one of many rock formations in the area that became a perfect shelter for Aboriginal People of the region. The Ngunnawal people have been using sites like this for over 25 000 years and much of the evidence of this occupation can still be seen today. A cultural tour to this site will describe the way of life of the first Australians and also provide insight into Tidbinbilla’s early Aboriginal history. Learn about bush tucker and native medicines found along the track and listen to Indigenous Rangers explain how to create a basic shelter to develop an understanding of how the Ngunnawal people have lived here for thousands of years.