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Southern Nature Reserves and National Parks

On the northern edge of the Australian Alps and bordering Kosciuszko National Park and the Brindabellas, Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve are local favourites.

Koala at Tidbinbilla Nature Sanctuary

Neighbourhood overview

A 45-minute drive from the city, the south of Canberra is famous for animal spotting opportunities, natural landscapes, Corin Forest and the Deep Space Communication Complex.  

Highlights of the area

Native animal sanctuary

Head to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to see cuddly koalas, elusive platypus and endangered Aussie animals.

Best hikes in Canberra

Namadgi National Park is criss-crossed with over 160km of trails, from easy day walks to challenging multi-day hikes.

Alpine bobsled or ski

Enjoy snowplay in winter and an alpine bobsled through majestic Mountain Ash forest year round at Corin Forest, not far from Tidbinbilla.

Continue exploring Canberra's neighbourhoods

A woman in a demin jacket buying fresh radishes.

Inner North

A boat sailing on the lake with a view of Parliament House in the background.

Inner South

A child playing amongst the miniature sculptures and displays at Cockington Green.

North Canberra

A few friends mountain biking with a view of Canberra and Telstra Tower in the background.

South Canberra