Tidbinbilla Range Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Emus on Birrigai Time Trail, near Visitor Centre.
    Emus on Birrigai Time Trail, near...
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  • Grass trees. Tidbinbilla Range at the horizon.
    Grass trees. Tidbinbilla Range at the...
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Tidbinbilla Range Things to Do

  • Start your Visit at the Visitor Centre

    If you have not downloaded and printed the info brochures and map of the Reserve, this is the place where you get it all. You can also discuss which walking tracks best suit your ideas, and the staff provide you with information about special events and activities.Here you can also make your personal experience with hands-on displays.And, of...

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  • Count the Bush Flies if you are Bored

    Mosca vetutissima. This is the Latin name for the most annoying insect Australia has to offer. It is the bush fly - and it is also abundant in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in the hot months.As long as they sit on the backpack I would not mind them... Only if I were terribly bored I would start to count them - which would be super simple if you...

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  • More Walks in the Reserve

    Although there are a lot of picnic grounds in the Tidbinbilla Reserve I would not suggest to drive there just for lying in the sun and having a BBQ. You should really want to walk a bit - and if you only make one or two of the short and easy walks.Ten walks are on the list: six easy walks which take from 15 minutes to 1 hour return, one moderate...

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  • Travel on the Road and Trails

    From the Visitor Centre a formed, tar-sealed road leads through the Tidbinbilla River valley. (Can't remember how long it was...) I would call it a "lasso road". The first part is the access to a loop road.There are carparks at the start of all tracks, and toilets at the koala enclosure, Flint's picnic area, and at the BBQ and picnic areas near the...

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  • On the Road to Tidbinbilla

    The drive from Canberra starts in a not very spectacular way, but soon you reach hilly landscapes, lonesome roads, forests and a nice lake. The loneliness was amazing.At the time we travelled, at the end of 2005, you could still see the consequences of the massive bush fires from 2003, with whole forests having disappeared, leaving bare hills and...

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  • Grass Trees, Rocks and Spectacular Views

    The combined Xanthorrhoea Loop Trail and Gibraltar Trail to the Gibraltar Rocks are a highlight of a day in the reserve.You walk through landscapes of huge grass trees and big marble-shaped rocks, and the higher you get, the more spectacular the views over the Tidbinbilla River valley gets. The Tidbinbilla Range with John's Peak (1440m),...

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  • In Lucky Land

    Of course, we stopped at Lucky the Koala's enclosure to have a look at this amazing marsupial that was the sole captive survivor of the 2003 bushfires. It was very moving to see this poor devil with her big scars, and you wonder a bit why they keep animals in capivity so far from the rangers' quarters in bushfire-prone areas, so they cannot run...

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  • Be Prepared for Fast Weather Changes -...

    Not only on the coast, also in the mountains the weather can change quickly. So either be prepared to run fast - or carry rain gear (not only food and lots of water) and search shelter.When we were surprised by thunder and lightning in the open land of the Birrigai Time Trail we searched shelter on the windstill side of a big rounded rock, which...

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  • Better You Get a Bush Fly Fan

    They sell those funny hats with dangling corks in Australia but they do not really help against the pest of bush flies. I have once tried a personally invented silk ribbon wrap, and this worked very well. Just wrap a silk ribbon loosely over your hat and head, and they have no chance to annoy you.A Japanese fan would also do the job, you must just...

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  • Do not be disappointed if they Hop away

    Ok, ok... They do not spend their whole day staring at you. Sometimes the kangaroos hopped away although we had tried hard in every single case to communicate well with them. So don't be disappointed if they get other ideas while you would enjoy to have a chat with them. Two hop away, three others will arrive within minutes. There are enough...

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  • Stare back at the Kangaroos on the...

    The kangaroos you see in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve are Eastern Grey Kangaroos. They are the typical kangaroos of areas that have more than 250mm of annual rainfall. Its preferred food is grass, and it grazes from late afternoon to early morning. So it is really best to walk through the grasslands of the Birrigai Time Trail first or last thing...

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  • Meet the Emus on the Birrigai Time Trail

    Ok - this should just become a walk into history, as this loop trail passes an Aboriginal Rock Shelter and European sites. There are great comprehensive signs, informing you about the things you should have an extra look at.But it quickly became a fantastic wildlife watching walk, as emus and kangaroos were strolling around us all the time, and...

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