The Tidbinbilla Valley has played an important part of the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) nature conservation efforts since 1936 and was gazetted as a nature reserve and national park in 1971. Tidbinbilla forms part of the ACT Parks and Conservation branch within the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) of the ACT Government.
Tidbinbilla comprises of three precincts, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Birrigai at Tidbinbilla and Jedbinbilla, a previous pine plantation that is being allowed to regenerate back to its original state as a natural Australian sub-alpine habitat.
Tidbinbilla is considered a leader in wildlife reproductive biology through its work on the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby program, other macropod species such as potoroos and wallabies and with the endangered Northern Corroboree Frog. State of the art facilities, including a fully equipped veterinary surgery and Animal Breeding Centre, support the success of the program.
Tidbinbilla - part of the Australian Alps
The Australian Alps straddle the borders of New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park form the northern part of the Australian Alps. The many national parks and nature reserves within the Alps each have unique alpine and/or sub-alpine environments. These parks and reserves form a conservation zone of international significance known as the Australian Alps National Parks. The Australian Alps are National Heritage listed, recognising that its natural and cultural values are of outstanding national significance.