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Tidbinbilla School Holiday Program

Published: Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Are you looking for something different to do with the kids these school holidays? Check out our School Holiday Program for some great ideas! The reserve is open every day throughout the holidays from 7:30am – 6:00pm (8pm AEDST).

Date

Time

Place

Activity

Every Saturday and Sunday of October

10:00am – 3:00pm

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Sanctuary

Explore the Sanctuary

Come and meet a friendly volunteer who will help you discover the natural wonders of the Sanctuary.

Cost: Included in reserve entry fee
Bookings: No bookings required
Category: Wildlife

Every Saturday of October

2:00pm – 2.45pm

Meet at Koala Enclosure (Eucalypt Forest)

Critters of the Eucalypt Forest

Take a short walk with a ranger and learn about the potoroos and other important inhabitants of the Eucalypt Forest and get back in time for “Koalas in the Canopy”.

Cost: Included in reserve entry fee
Bookings: No bookings required
Category: Wildlife Walk suitable for all ages

Every Saturday of October

2.45pm – 3.15pm

Koala Enclosure (Eucalypt Forest)

Koalas in the Canopy

Learn all about these fascinating marsupials from one of our knowledgeable Wildlife Officers then why not take a stroll around the Eucalypt Forest and try to spot koalas for yourself!

Cost: Included in reserve entry fee
Bookings: No bookings required
Category: Wildlife Talk suitable for all ages

Every Sunday of October

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Meet at Sanctuary

Main Entrance

Wetland Wonders

Take a walk with a ranger through Tidbinbilla’s wetlands to learn about its amazing inhabitants and if you are lucky catch a glimpse of an elusive platypus.

Cost: Included in reserve entry fee
Bookings: No bookings required
Category: Wildlife Walk suitable for all ages

Tuesday 2 and Tuesday 9 October

2 Sessions:

10:30am -12:00pm

and

1:30pm-3:00pm

Meet at Visitor Centre

Billy Tea and Damper

Enjoy a traditional Aussie bush experience for children aged 3 – 12 years. Cook damper on an open fire and wash it down with real billy tea. Allow 15 minutes before activity to drive to location from Visitor Centre.

Cost: $10 per child plus reserve entry
Bookings: Essential - Purchase Online
Category: Ranger led activity

Wednesday 3 and Wednesday 10 October

10:30am-12:00pm

Meet at Visitor Centre

Birrigai Time Trail Family Walk

Explore the Aboriginal history and significant places around Tidbinbilla by taking a guided walk around the Birrigai Rock Shelter learning about history, culture, plants and animals.

Please wear suitable shoes and bring water, hat and sunscreen (3.5km moderate walk).

Cost: $7.50 per person
Bookings:
Essential - Purchase Online
Category:
Walk suitable for ages 10+ with moderate fitness

Sunday 7 October

10:00am-3:00pm

Throughout the Reserve

Tidbinbilla Open Day

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 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.

Keep an eye on our website for more details!

Thursday 11 October

10:30am – 11:00am

Vet Centre

Tidbinbilla Vet Checks

Come and watch our Wildlife Vet do a health check on one of the animals in our Threatened Species Breeding Programs, you might see a brush-tailed rock-wallaby, yellow-footed rock wallaby or even a koala!  Listen to Dr. Ari describe all the cool features while getting to observe the animal up close.

Cost: Included in reserve entry fee
Bookings: No bookings required
Category: Wildlife talk

Thursday 11 October

1:00pm-2:30pm

Aimed at Kindy-Year 3

3:00pm-4:30pm

Aimed at Year 4-6

Meet at Dalsetta

Orienteering in Tidbinbilla - a treasure hunt in the bush

Join us for an active, fun filled session that will give kids the skills to navigate around the bush as part of an orienteering course.

This activity is aimed at primary school children (2 sessions available - one aimed at younger primary aged children and one for older) and parents are welcome to join us. You might have some fun and learn something too! Activities will involve running around on rough ground, so participants will need to have comfortable clothes and covered shoes that they can be active in. All other equipment and instruction will be provided.

This one and a half hour session will be a fun and interactive mix of active and reflective activities that introduce the basics of orienteering.

Where: Meet at Dalsetta Car park
Cost: $7.50 per child plus entry to the reserve
Bookings: Essential - Purchase online

For further information contact Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre on 6205 1233 or visit www.tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

Activities are delivered by Environment and Planning Directorate staff and ParkCare volunteers.

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.