Canberra region, ACT

Sleepover with the animals at this ACT national park

By The Weekender Travel

September 21, 2020 | 2 minute read

Photo: Ari Rex
Photo: Ari Rex

The lucky folks in the ACT have some new found freedom to roam. National parks around Canberra are now open for visitors once again and they are doing everything they can to get locals to take a trip into nature.

With the Territory remaining COVID-free, now is the perfect time for an adventure in the wilderness. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has grasped this opportunity and together with WILDfest is launching A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla. It’s the ultimate family sleepover - spend a night in a luxurious glamping tent, roast marshmallows over a fire, experience stargazing and the telling dreamtime stories. 

With conservation at its heart, the school holiday program aims to teach kids aged 5 to 12 about protecting endangered species, all while having fun in nature. 

At the retreat kids can meet park rangers, learn about Indigenous culture, explore rock shelters, go behind the scenes at the vet centre, learn how to fight fires in the forest or venture out into the park to spot wildlife. From pygmy possums to kangaroos, ringtail gliders and platypus, Tidbinbilla is teeming with native critters. 

There’s plenty for adults too, including a workshop on photographing the Australian night sky. Learn how to capture the lights of the iconic Milky Way shining above the tents and go home with a stunning momento. 

After more than 20% of the reserve was destroyed in January’s devastating bushfires, Tidbinbilla is rebuilding. Trails have been repaired, guided tours have resumed and the resident koalas have a new enclosure to call home. The ACT government recently announced it was waiving entry fees to Tidbinbilla for the remainder of 2020, to encourage locals to visit the park. 

“There’s never been a better time to visit Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve,” said Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Mick Gentleman.

“The reserve is a great day-trip option right on our doorstep as we continue to urge Canberrans to reconsider their need to travel unless it is for essential reasons,” Gentleman said. 

A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla runs over the Spring school holidays from 25th September to 10th October. 

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