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Tidbinbilla Open Day

Published: Tuesday, 3 July 2018

The annual Tidbinbilla Open Day is on again this year with the date set for 7 October 2018.

Mark this date in your diary for a fun-filled day of nature-based experiences, kid’s activities, live music, displays, demonstrations and more - held in the greatest venue of all, the great outdoors!

The theme this year is ‘Rediscover Tidbinbilla’ where we encourage you to explore the Reserve with renewed curiosity and a fresh perspective.

Rediscover the rich Indigenous culture of Tidbinbilla through a guided experience on Ngunnawal Country.

Rediscover adventure and take the chance to explore our natural environment through immersive NaturePlay activities.

Rediscover science with a hands on experience to learn about our Threatened Species Breeding Programs.

Rediscover heritage and take a step back in time to explore the stories of the Tidbinbilla Valley and how they have shaped the reserve to what it is today.

The festivities will run from 10am – 3pm in a relaxed family friendly atmosphere with free entry to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve all day. A full schedule will be provided closer to the event.

Connect with the ACT's indigenous heritage this Reconciliation Day

Published: Thursday, 24 May 2018

Indigenous ranger at Tidbinbilla Come and connect with the ACT’s indigenous heritage this Reconciliation Day - Monday 28 May 2018 - by visiting Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve with free entry on the day.

There is evidence Aboriginal people have lived in the Canberra region for at least 21,000 years. The Ngunnawal people, who are the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, called Tidbinbilla 'Jedbinbilla' which means 'a place where boys were made men'.

Dive into Tidbinbilla's rich Aboriginal history, observe and reflect on the natural beauty of this special place. Learn about how the Aboriginal people of the area once lived by taking a walk yourself on the Birrigai Time Trail or Hanging Rock trails. Pack a picnic and bring the kids for a free day out enjoying what Tidbinbilla has to offer.

There is also the opportunity to join an Indigenous Ranger for a guided tour of Hanging Rock at 2:30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre then follow the ranger by driving to the Hanging Rock carpark where the walk will start.

This short walk gives you a glimpse into the unique history of the Ngunnawal people. A formed track with a gentle incline through thick native vegetation and tall eucalyptus forest leads you to a magnificent granite rock shelter used by the Ngunnawal people. It is a moderate walk with a slight incline and steps. This is an approximately a 1.5 hour guided activity.

Please meet the ranger at the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre at 2:30pm. Participants need to arrange their own transport to the activity location. Please allow plenty of time for travel. It’s approximately 40 - 50 minutes' drive from Civic.

Please aim to arrive 15 - 30 minutes prior to the activity to allow for toilet breaks, coffee and explore the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre.

The Visitor Centre provides up-to-date information, kiosk and a gift shop and is open from 9am until 5pm on Reconciliation Day. The reserve is open from 7:30am to 6pm.

Wildfest Family Wilderness Camp

Published: Monday, 21 May 2018

Wildfest Family Wilderness Camps tents

Kicking off during the September and October 2018 School Holidays you can experience Tidbinbilla like never before with the ultimate family sleepover at our Wildfest Pop Up Family Wilderness Camp in the picturesque ACT Park.

Explore this vast 54.5 square kilometre Nature Reserve with specially designed ranger guided activities that offer NEW ways to learn about the diversity of wildlife in this unique landscape, understand the culture of the traditional country of the Ngunnawal people and see the history of European settlement in the Tidbinbilla Valley.

Visit the Wildfest website for details.