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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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by Stef Flowers (subscribe)
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Published September 4th 2016
Who doesn't love a baby koala? Come see one today
Last weekend I paid a visit to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to see if I could spot any platypus. I went with a photography group and we were hoping to see the baby, however, after much looking, we found out the baby had been injured.

The Sanctuary, home of the platypus and other wetland creatures, is accessible by wheelchair and has flat easy-walking paths that allow you to navigate between the habitats. Here you can look for platypus from the board walks, make friends with a reptile and easily photograph birds. This area is protected by a predator proof electric fence. There are several chairs located around for guests to sit and enjoy the spectacular view.
Tidbinbilla, nature, wetlands, reflection
The Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla

I did get a few (not very good!) shots of several adults. The platypus are more active towards the evening but can be easily seen if you have the patience.

As you can see in my photo, the platypus put in an appearance for me. A stronger lens would definitely have helped.
Platypus, Tidbinbilla, Nature
Platypus in the water

If you're lucky, the swans may also swim over and pose for you, as one did for me.
Black Swan, Tidbinbilla, Nature
Black Swan swimming

My favourite area would have to be the partitioned area for the juvenile koalas. It is located within the koala sanctuary, across the road from the Sanctuary. In this area, you can walk the trails and search for koalas. You can also hear them calling to each other. I enjoy the juvenile section as you can get up pretty close and personal with these guys, and depending on who is in the enclosure at the time, you may see a few different koalas at different ages.
Koala, Tidbinbilla, Nature
Juvenile koala at Tidbinbilla

There is significant emphasis on education of European settlement and the Indigenous connections. Tidbinbilla also has a research program and specialised breeding programs for the Southern Bush-Tailed Rock wallaby, other wallaby and potoroo species and the northern Corroboree frog.

You can take guided tours or find a volunteer guide who walk around ready to assist you with any questions you might have. There are overnight tours, called Tidbinbilla by Torchlight - more information about these is on the website provided.

Great place for photographers, walkers and families. An inexpensive day out and a great way to get the kids out and about, and educate them about the natural world all at the same time. I recommend checking it out today!
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Phone: (02) 6205 1233
Where: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Off Paddy's River Road, via Cotter Road (Weston Creek) or Point Hut Crossing (Gordon), Canberra
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