Walking trails

Tidbinbilla offers outstanding wildlife and natural walking experiences. Discover this beautiful valley and its natural landscape. Enjoy the range of walking trails, meander through the Sanctuary wetlands, find a koala in the eucalypt forest, or take a full day hike to the top of the Tidbinbilla Range.

Drop in to the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre and pick up a copy of the Reserve Map and Visitor Guide to help plan your visit.

Please Remember: Walk safely, know your capabilities, be prepared for all conditions, take plenty of water, don’t rely on a mobile phone, avoid walking alone and let a reliable person know your plans and approximate return time. All walk times and distances are average return time and distances.

Walking trails list

1. Congwarra Trail

3 - 4 kilometres - One hour - Easy

An easy stroll from the Visitor Centre through open grassland that takes you to the Nature Discovery Playground (1.5kilometres, 30 minutes). From here, trails meander down to the Tidbinbilla River and connect to Dalsetta via Webbs, Greens and Sheedys picnic areas.

2. Birrigai Time Trail

3 kilometres return - One hour - Easy

From the Visitor Centre explore the Aboriginal and European heritage trail as it meanders up to the Birrigai Rock Shelter.

3. Turkey Hill Trail

500 metres return - 15 minutes - Easy

From Dalsetta, take a short walk among the granite tors of Turkey Hill.

4. Xanthorrhoea Loop

2.5 kilometres return - 45 minutes - Moderate

From Dalsetta, this walk climbs to a magnificent stand of grass trees.

5. Rock Valley Heritage Site

Park at site

Learn about early European settlement in the Tidbinbilla Valley by visiting the restored ruins of Rock Valley Homestead, built in 1895.

6. Church Rock Heritage Loop

2.5 kilometres return - One hour - Easy

Follow the footsteps of Aboriginal people and the early pioneers on this heritage walk to Church Rock. Great views and stories. Starts at Flints.

7. Bushland Meander

1.6 kilometres return - One hour - Easy

A lovely stroll through open woodland. Look for wallaroos, kangaroos and wallabies. Starts from Black Flats car park.

8. Black Flats Dam

300 metres return - 15 minutes - Easy

A short walk to enjoy the tranquility of Black Flats Dam and its water birds, platypus and other wildlife.

9. Sanctuary Loop

2.1 kilometres return - 90 minutes - Easy

A series of interconnected habitat zones, linked by a wheelchair-friendly walking trail. See Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies, platypus, echidnas, birds, and other animals in their natural habitats.

10. Hanging Rock

500 m return - 25 minutes - Easy

A short walk near Ashbrook Creek through the tall eucalypts brings you to granite tors once used by local Aboriginal people.

11. Koala Path

700m return - 20 minutes - Easy

Look up for koalas, potoroos and wallabies.

12. Peppermint Trail

1.8 kilometres return - 45 minutes - Easy

From the Koala Path, follow the gravel track through the tall eucalypt trees and across Mountain Creek. Great for viewing koalas and forest birds.

13. Cascades Trail

1.8 kilometres return - One hour - Moderate

This walk climbs through the wet forest and meets a cascading mountain stream. Starts from the Mountain Creek car park.

14. Lyrebird Trail

2 kilometres return - One hour - Moderate

This trail passes in and out of moist fern-filled gullies and open forest. Look and listen for signs of the Superb Lyrebird, particularly during winter.

15. Ashbrook Fire Trail

6.5 kilometres return - Two hours - Moderate

From Hanging Rock car park, explore tall forests and wet gullies before crossing Ashbrook Creek. Continue up to the locked gate on Mountain Creek Road then return the same way.

16. Fishing Gap

7.7 kilometres return - Three hours - Hard

Tall Mountain Gums and fern gullies frame this meandering walk along the fire trail. The walk ends at the saddle and returns the same way.

17. Devils Gap

6 kilometres return - Two hours - Moderate

A short but steep walk up the fire trail through dry mountain eucalypt forest. The walk ends at the boundary gate and returns on the same trail.

18. Gibraltar Peak

8.2 kilometres return - 3-4 hours - Moderate-Hard

The most direct route to Gibraltar Peak starts from Dalsetta, passing grasslands before the climb to Eliza Saddle.

The trail then traverses for a short distance. After a steep climb, Gibraltar Peak is reached. Return via the same route or take the longer route via Eliza Saddle, Birrigai Time Trail, the Visitor Centre and Congwarra Trail. You can also return on the Gibraltar Fire Trail.

19. Nil Desperandum

13.8 kilometres return - 4 hours - Moderate

The Nil Desperandum Track is a 12km return walk starting at Greens Picnic Area. It takes you along a mixture of management trails and single track. You walk through regenerating native forest, regularly enjoying fantastic views across the valley. The walk ends at Nil Desperandum Homestead. Here you can visit numerous heritage sites including the homestead, eucalypt distillery and camelia gardens.

Please note: If there are guests staying in the homestead you will be unable to enter.

20. Camels Hump (Option 1)

19 kilometres return - 8 hours - Hard

Starting at the Visitor Centre, take the Congwarra Trail to Webbs then follow the signs through Jedbinbilla to Camels Hump fire trail. This walk lets you experience a little bit of everything that Tidbinbilla has to offer including great views.

21. Camels Hump (Option 2)

11.6 kilometres return - 6 hours - Hard

From Mountain Creek, climb to one of the highest ridges in the ACT. Enjoy stunning views. The walk ends at Camels Hump and returns on the same path.