Tidbinbilla Wildlife Encounters

per person

Urban Adventures

Explore the Tidbinbilla nature reserve where you can encounter koalas, wallabies, platypus and water birds set amongst the natural forest and wetlands then enjoy a gentle 5km e-bike ride alongside the local kangaroos.

Climb aboard for a picturesque 45-minute drive to Canberra’s southwest, crossing the mighty Murrumbidgee River and venturing into the mountains beyond.

The at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve a guide will take you on a short walk to see koalas, wallabies and other wildlife close to the sanctuary carpark. You can also opt for a longer self-guided walk equipped with a map and a pair of binoculars provided by your guide along the well-signposted paths in the sanctuary to spot more wildlife.

After the wildlife walks, it’s time to ‘ride with the 'roos!’ After donning your helmet, you will spend a few minutes getting acquainted with your electric bikes before setting off. The 5km ride back through the forests and past open grasslands are gentle and easy, as you will stay on the quiet internal park road. 

If you prefer not to take part in the e-bike ride portion of the tour, your guide can drive you to the kangaroo grazing grounds and the ‘lookout’ instead, where you can get up close to the 'roos and soak up the serenity of the mountains in the afternoon light.

Please note: In the event of bad weather that may prevent a safe e-bike trip, you will instead head over to the NASA Space Centre first for a longer visit to explore the displays about the planets, the Apollo moon missions and the Mars rover.


  • Electric bike & helmet
  • Local guide
  • Park entry fees
  • Free use of binoculars, wildlife guides, raincoats & umbrellas

Tours depart

Departs Day Departure time Returns
Canberra Tues - Sat 1:30pm 6pm
Meeting point: Opposite the “Parkes Place West” red sign on Parkes Place West between the National Library and Questacon in Parkes, Canberra. Ending point: You can be droppped off at your accommodation if it is within 20km of Canberra city centre. Drop offs to locations 20km or more from the city centre can be arranged for a small, extra fee.


From 05/12/2018 until 30/03/2019
Options Nights Price (AUD) Select
Tour only 0 $88
Tour + 2 nights multishare accommodation 0 $148

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