Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Australian Capital Territory

Less than an hour’s drive from the city, this nature park is a key habitat for Australia’s best-known animals: kangaroos, koalas and emus. A predator-protected sanctuary is your best chance to spot these critters in the wild plus their breeding program includes rarer brush-tailed rock wallaby and the colourful Corroboree Tree Frog. The visitors centre offers walks and self-guided exploration.

Walks range from the 20-minmute Koala Path that takes in the furry critters home to the 8-hour climbing hike to Camel’s Hump that offers great views back to the city. Some trails are wheelchair accessible or can use the TrailRider, all-terrain wheelchair that should be booked in advance via the Visitors Centre. For a closer look take a ranger-guided tour including the chance to pursue platypus, enjoy a billy tea or throw a boomergang. Namadgi National Park is adjacent to Tidbinbilla for more outdoor exploration.