Tidbinbilla Extravaganza is on again!!!

The date has been set for Sunday 14th April, so put it in your calendar and be prepared for an amazing day in the beautiful setting of Sheedys Picnic area.
Starting at 11am and going till 3pm there will be fun for the whole family.

There will be helicopter joy flights, trackless train rides, Gecko Gang fun, jumping castle, Reptile shows, Questacon Excited Particles shows, endangered species talks and lots of fun on stage with live music throughout the day by three piece band "Wallpaper".

Part of the proceeds from the joy flights will go towards the Tidbinbilla endangered species breeding programs.

So save the date and be there for all the fun.


Established in 1980, Birrigai is a residential outdoor and environmental education centre. Birrigai is designated as a school in special circumstances by the ACT Goverment's Education and Training Directorate.

As a school in special circumstances, Birrigai has a Board and related governance arrangements.

Birrigai proudly supports ACT and interstate schools in delivering high quality educational programs and experiences to students. It also opens its doors to community and corporate groups for specialist relationship counselling and leadership programs, and for the accommodation and catering of workshops, seminars and special events.

At Birrigai, we provide and model challenging, insightful and personally meaningful experiences in an environment that allows reflection on our own well-being and that of our planet.

We seek to educate for a sustainable future.

Preschool to Year 12 students from both government and non-government schools are engaged in outdoor and environmental education programs that aim to expand their knowledge and understanding of their interactions with the Australian environment.

Following an experience at Birrigai students and teachers will have greater knowledge of the natural environment, value it as a fundamental aspect of their environment, and be aware of how human action is important to conserving and enhancing it.


Tidbinbilla offers a wide range of outstanding natural experiences.

Come and discover our fantastic wildlife viewing, bushwalking in the Sanctuary wetlands or along one of our many tracks and trails, recreation for family and friends with great BBQ spots and lots of fun for kids on the Discovery Playground. 

Download your Tidbinbilla Map and Guide.

Meet a Ranger and go along on one of our ranger guided tours on weekends, public holidays or during school holidays. Our Volunteer Interpreter Program will help you discover more about the beautiful, dynamic and interesting natural environment at Tidbinbilla.

You can learn a lot whilst having great deal of fun at Birrigai on one of several environmental education programs linked to school curriculums, or come and experience our exciting and challenging team building programs.  

Tidbinbilla and Birrigai at Tidbinbilla both have Advanced Ecotourism certification recognising our commitment to providing an opportunity to learn about the environment whilst achieving best practice conservation, using natural resources wisely and supporting our local community. For more information go to ECO tourism Australia


Tidbinbilla is located to the south of Canberra, an easy 40 minute drive from the city centre.

Access is off Paddy's River Road, via Cotter Road (Weston Creek). This route is picturesque but is currently subject to minor delays due to roadworks. An alternative route via Drakeford Drive, Woodcock Drive and Point Hut Crossing (Gordon) allows access via Tidbinbilla Road. Drive time from Point Hut is less than 20 minutes.

For nearby accommodation visit Canberra Acccommodation


Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the environmental management, heritage protection and delivery of information to visitors to Tidbinbilla. If you have a passion for the natural environment and enjoy sharing it with others, there are some great opportunities to contribute back to the environment at Tidbinbilla. 

Friends of Tidbinbilla

The Friends of Tidbinbilla  form part of the Southern ACT Catchment Group and undertake a range of conservation initiatives at Tidbinbilla, with the support of Tidbinbilla conservation staff. The Friends are an enthusiastic, passionate and dynamic team of business leaders contributing to the preservation ot Tidbinbilla's natural and cultural environment. We would like to thank Klimek & Wijay Family Lawyers, and Dr Guy Watts for contributing to the conservation of the area. The group monitor Tidbinbilla's streams and water quality as part of the Waterwatch program, work with Rangers on conservation projects including animal and bird surveys, vegetation surveys, seed collection, weed control, planting trees, managing feral animals and maintaining walking trails and heritage homesteads. To find out how to join go to Friends of Tidbinbilla ParkCare or call (02) 6205 1233 for more information.

Tidbinbilla Pioneers Association

The Tidbinbilla Pioneers Association is sponsored by J Sutton Plumbing. Members of the Tidbinbilla Pioneers Association are descendents of European families who lived around the Tidbinbilla and Tharwa area from the mid 1800s. They have a strong and passionate connection to Tidbinbilla and heritage sites such as Rock Valley and Nil Desperandum homesteads. Association members provide colourful accounts of Tidbinbilla's past, the joys and hardships faced by pioneers living in rammed earth buildings, farming the land and supporting eucalyptus oil distilleries. The Tidbinbilla Pioneers Association is building a community of bungalows and graqnny flats for the indigenous people of the region. 

Conservation Volunteers Australia

If you enjoy being out in the environment and meeting people, you can join the team of Volunteer Interpreters managed by Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) in partnership with Tidbinbilla. CVA is a national, not-for-profit community based organisation that is dedicated to involving the community in practical conservation programs. Volunteers provide interpretation to visitors in the Sanctuary on weekends, public holidays, and school holidays and help out in the visitor centre. They also assist with a limited range of conservation activities as required. Full training is provided by some of Canberra's leading experts in their respective fields. To find out more, emailvip@conservationvolunteers.com.au or call (02) 6205 1233 and talk to one of the CVA Volunteer Coordinators. If you're in WA, contact Neri Karazija by visiting Dog Whispering Perth.


Visitor info The Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre provides up-to-date information about walks and ranger guided activities and the gift shop sells an interesting range of clothes, toys, books, cards and souvenirs

Cafe Tidbinbilla is open from 9am -4pm, Wednesday to Friday for lunch, coffee and a variety of slices and cakes. The cafe is located inside the Visitors centre and offers spectacular views of the Tidbinbilla mountains while enjoying a delicious meal. Click here to see the full menu.
Snacks, icecream, chips and cold drinks are also available at the Visitor Centre.

Visitor Centre Winter: Opens 9:00 am (AEST); closes 4:30 pm (AEST).
Summer: Week days - Opens 9.00 am (AEDT) Closes 5.00 pm (AEDT)
Summer: Weekends, public holidays and school holidays - open 8.30 am (AEDT only) closes 5.00 pm (AEDT only)
Cafe Tidbinbilla: Open from Wednesday to Sunday, 9am - 4pm. .Visitor infoReserve Gates: Opens 7.30 am; closes 8:00 pm in summer (AEDT) and 6:00 pm in winter (AEST). Tidbinbilla is closed on Christmas Day, and may also be closed on days of total fire ban, high winds or for management requirements.
Phone: (02) 6205 1233
Facsmile: (02) 6205 1232
Location: off Paddy's River Road, via Cotter Road (Weston Creek) or Point Hut Crossing (Gordon) Postal Address: GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2601