One of the best places to see Australian native animals in natural settings is just outside of Canberra.
Hikers pause for a snack at the summit of Gibraltar Peak in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Visit one of Australia's best places to encounter native animals in their natural environment. Tidbinbilla is a nature reserve that allows visitors to wander through open range zones that cover wetlands, forest, grasslands and sub alpine habitats where resident animals are easily seen. The reserve also encompasses vast enclosures where endangered species are bred and restored under the careful watch of biologists. The area borders Namadgi National Park and is the easiest access point to explore and experience the wonders of sub alpine Australia. Only a short 45 minutes drive from Canberra city, Tidbinbilla is ideal to explore all year round.

Aboriginal history in the Canberra region

Explore a reserve rich in Aboriginal history including artefacts and rock shelters dating back to at least 21,000 years ago and see a stunning array of plants, animals as you meander among granite boulders at Tidbinbilla. Experience Ngunnawal country at Tidbinbilla and other locations around Canberra with an Aboriginal ranger on one of many tours offered by Murumbung Yurung Murra Cultural Tours. 

See Australian native animals in natural surrounds

Canberra is home to one of the finest places to see Australian native fauna like koalas, kangaroos, emus, echidnas, platypus and water birds in a natural setting. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers both Aboriginal cultural activities and a rich history and outstanding wildlife viewing all in one location. 

Walk through large range enclosures and see animals in their natural settings. Discover the leading role Tidbinbilla plays in breeding the critically endangered Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby and the Northern Corroboree Frog. Personally contribute to this important research as you assist wildlife officers with the wildlife breeding and animal monitoring program of brush-tailed rock-wallabies or potoroos on specially tailored Naturewise at Tidbinbilla tours.

Bushwalking and exploring Tidbinbilla

Journey through The Sanctuary which features habitats like wetlands, temperate grassland, wet forest and sub-alpine forest to truly appreciate Australian temperate flora. Visit Tidbinbilla throughout the year to observe a kaleidoscope of delicate blooms and fruits during seasonal flowering of Australian native plants. Choose from over 20 marked trails ranging from easy 15 minute strolls to all-day bushwalks. Many of the popular trails are wheelchair friendly and there is always a quiet place to sit, observe nature and take wonderful photographs. 

Bring a picnic and make a day of all things natural. Free electric and wood-fired barbecues are available.

Guided walks and tours of Tidbinbilla

Discover plenty about the natural and cultural history in the visitor centre or by attending a ranger-guided walk, held every weekend and public holiday. Explore various walks and activities with the inspiring Australian gold medallist and paralympian Michael Milton.

Scenic drives around Tidbinbilla

You can also explore the Tidbinbilla precinct and voyage into space at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, buy an ice cream in the quaint village of Tharwa, visit Lanyon Homestead, ride the alpine bobsled at Corin Forest Mountain Resort and even camp nearby in Namadgi National Park.

Tidbinbilla opening times

Visitor Centre


All year



Reserve gates


 Standard time


 Daylight saving time



Admission charges

Annual pass


 private vehicle (up to 8 seats)


 Annual Pass private vehicle (concession)


 Annual Pass Motorcycles


 Annual Pass Motorcycles (concession)



Day pass


 Day Pass private vehicle (up to 8 seats)


 Day Pass private vehicle (concession)


 Day Pass motorcycles


 Day Pass Group entry (coaches, per person)


 Day Pass Group entry (school groups, per person)



Visit the Tidbinbilla website or phone 02 6205 1233 for more information.