Ranger Guided Activities

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 will be cancelled for the next 6 months due to COVID-19 and the declared public health emergency.

For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit the ACT Health website.

Book an educational activity with a Ranger or Wildlife Officer to find out more about the reserve, its heritage, cultural connections and plants and animals.

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. Groups are always welcome to come on self-guided visits to the reserve if a staff member is not available.

Groups undertaking self-guided visits do not need to complete this form, but we would appreciate you providing advance notice by phoning 6207 7921 or emailing tidbinbilla@act.gov.au, so we can enter the detais in our front of house diary.

Please arrive ½ hour before your requested time 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 30 children/adults.

Rangers can talk to your group about one of these themes:

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 5 constructed ponds set in tall Eucalypt forest beside the Tidbinbilla River. There are 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 ecology

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 used by the aboriginal people of the region. The Ngunnawal people have been using sites like this for around 25 thousand 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 in this area and also provide insight into Tidbinbilla's early aboriginal history. Learn about bush tucker and native medicines found along the track and listen to the 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.

Please select your preferred activity. You may select more than one by using the Ctrl key.

Terms and conditions

  • Guided activities are charged at $150 per staff member per hour for a maximum of 30 people in each group (larger groups can be accommodated if staff are available). The fee starts at the time when you ask the staff member to meet your group
  • Reserve entry is also payable at $1 per school student (primary/high school) or $2 per adult.
  • Self-guided group visits are charged reserve entry only.
  • Your booking is not confirmed until you have received a confirmation email from a member of the Tidbinbilla team. We will endeavour to get back to you within 5 business days. We have a small team, so not all requests can be accommodated.
  • Guided activities may be cancelled due to extreme weather or on days of total fire bans. We will phone you 24 hours before your visit if the reserve will be closed.
  • Fees can be paid on the day (cash or credit card) or an invoice requested if required.
  • Cancellations made less than 3 business days prior to the booking date may still incur fees.