Visitors Centre Entrance to Tidbinbilla, Tidbinbilla Reserve Rd

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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Australian Capital Territory

Less than an hour’s drive from Canberra, this nature park is a key habitat for some of Australia’s best-known animals: kangaroos, koalas and emus. A predator-protected sanctuary is your best chance to spot these critters in the wild. The breeding program at the park also includes the rare brush-tailed rock wallaby and the colourful corroboree tree frog. The visitor centre offers walks and self-guided exploration.

Walks range from the 20-minute Koala Path to the eight-hour hike to Camel’s Hump, which offers great views back to the city. Some trails are wheelchair accessible or can use the TrailRider, an all-terrain wheelchair that should be booked in advance via the visitor centre. For a closer look take a ranger-guided tour including the chance to pursue platypus, enjoy a billy tea or throw a boomerang. Namadgi National Park is adjacent to Tidbinbilla for more outdoor exploration.

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