Hop aboard our comfortable passenger van with your friendly local guide for the scenic 45-minute drive to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in the mountains south of Canberra. As we drive through the forests and farmlands, and cross big rivers, your guide will unpack the character of Canberra as the "nature capital" of Australia.
Arriving at the park we take a 15 minute break to explore the visitor centre and its animal displays. Here there are also rest rooms, coffee bar, and a gift shop full of unique Aussie animal momento's.
Venturing deep into the heart of the park to the wildlife sanctuaries it's time to begin our walks to meet the koalas, wallabies, and maybe a potoroo (a mini kangaroo) or two. Then head across to the wetlands to meet the waterbirds, turtles and keep a look out for the shy little platypus. Each of the two circuit walks is about 500 metres on the easy all weather paths.
By now the kangaroos and their joeys have woken up from midday siestas so its time for a short drive to the grassy fields and wander amongst the roos as they peacefully munch away. The small mobs of mainly female kangaroos are very friendly - so stroll up to a few metres away for some close up photographs, and perhaps spot a joey poke its head out of mum's pouch.
On the way to or from the nature reserve (depending on weather conditions and time of year) we call in at the nearby NASA space discovery centre where the huge array of dish antenna communicate with distant spacecraft exploring our solar system.
Our return to Canberra is by a different route - so you get to see more of the gorgeous rolling countryside, and maybe spot a wombat down by the river crossing. On the journey home your guide will be happy to provide local tips and advice on the best places to eat and other top spots to visit in Canberra as we make our way back to the city. We can return you to your accommodation or, if your prefer, to one of the restaurant precincts.
In the event of wet weather, we still offer the guided wildlife walks and can provide raincoats and umbrellas as required. We may modify the itinerary to spend more time in sheltered areas.
Please note that on very hot days with severe fire risk the authorities may close the nature reserve and in this event we have to cancel the trip and either try to reschedule to provide a refund.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, comfortable small group transport to and from the park including pick up and drop-off back to your accommodation (if it's within 20km of the city centre), park entry fee, bottle of water. Raincoats and umbrellas provided if needed.
Exclusions: Food and drink (other than a bottle of water), souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: 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.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 6 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: 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.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select 'child' when booking. It is very important that you inform us of your child's age at the time of booking so that we can ensure that the appropriate child car seat is fitted in the vehicle. You can inform us in the special request box on the checkout page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org