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  1. Australia
  2. Australian Capital Territory
  3. Canberra
  4. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Canberra: Afternoon Wildlife Watching Tour

Product ID: 183113
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Meet koalas, wallabies, and other native animals in their natural forest and wetland habitats at the spectacular Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
About this activity
Duration 4.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

Pick up at your hotel or accommodation. If you don't know this at the time of booking please send the pick up address plus your name, at least 24 hours prior to tour departure time.
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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  • Meet koalas, wallabies, potoroos (mini kangaroos) and other native wildlife on a guided walk in the spectacular Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • Learn about the diverse wildlife in this region and the significance of the area to Aboriginal people
  • Visit the NASA deep space communication centre and discover how our solar system is being explored for signs of life
Full description
Climb aboard a comfortable 8-seater passenger van with your local guide for a picturesque 45-minute drive to Canberra’s southwest, crossing the mighty Murrumbidgee River and venturing into the mountains beyond. Your local guide will introduce you to the history and culture of this beautiful mountain region, and will be happy to answer any questions you have during the drive. Take a short break to stretch your legs at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Visitor Centre and enjoy a coffee or cool drink, or explore the gift shop.

A 10-minute drive will bring you to the predator-proof sanctuary deep inside the park where your guided wildlife walk will begin. The walks are suitable for everyone (flat and suited to all weather conditions). Travel over boardwalks to access dreamy wetland lagoons. Choose to walk a little or a lot, it’s up to you. A short guided walk (about 250 meters) will get you to the koalas, wallabies, and other wildlife close to the sanctuary carpark, or, equipped with a map and a pair of binoculars provided by your guide, you can set off on a longer self-guided walk along the well-signposted paths in the sanctuary to spot more wildlife.

After the wildlife walks, take a short drive up the hill to wander amongst the kangaroos as they peacefully feed. Stroll up to a few metres away for some close up photographs, and perhaps spot a joey poking its head out of mum's pouch. The 5 km ride back through the forests and past open grasslands on the quiet internal park road is gentle and easy. After spotting Australia’s most famous animal, head back to the visitor center. 

Before or after visiting the nature reserve (dependent on weather conditions on the day), visit the NASA deep space communication station where the huge antenna dish maintains contact with distant spacecrafts exploring our solar system. Then head back to the city and get dropped directly at your accommodation, as long as it is within 20 km of the city center. Before you go, don’t forget to tap your local guide for all the latest happenings in the city and for recommendations on what else to see and eat during your stay in Canberra.

Guided wildlife walks are still offered in wet weather with raincoats and umbrellas so please dress appropriately.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transport to and from the park including pickup and drop off back at your accommodation (if it’s within 20 km of the city center)
  • Park entry fee
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drink (other than a bottle of water)
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please bring extra warm clothing in the cooler months from May to October. Coats and other warm clothing can be left in the vehicle if not required
• The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve may be closed on days where there is a high fire risk or other severe weather event. In this situation we will contact you to offer an alternative nature tour or to reschedule for a different day. If neither of these options is possible we offer a full refund
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. It is very important that you provide your child’s age at the time of booking so that a proper car seat can be secured
• Small groups have a maximum of 7 people