Summary of the Tour
This tour take our visitors out to explore Tidbinbilla which is located only 40 minutes from the City. The experience combines nature with some of the highest levels of science.
Tidbinbilla is a special hidden little corner of the world. Discover the secrets both within our solar system and beyond with NASA’s Deep Space Communications Complex. Only three of these complexes exist worldwide with the others in Spain and America. Then it’s off to explore the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, which is home to many of Australia’s unique wildlife.
The tour includes a BBQ lunch.
Tidbinbilla Deep Space Communications Complex
The NASA Deep Space Communications Complex is home to a fascinating collection showcasing the history of space exploration. Home to the biggest communications dish in the Southern Hemisphere.
See an authentic piece of the moon brought back by none other than Buzz Aldren. The original dish that received the famous “One small step for man” speech by Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 13’s “Houston, we have a problem”.
This is a fascinating yet humbling place that will catch your imagination and then take it on a journey of discovery.
The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is nestled deep within the Namadgi National Park. Enjoy the nature walks where you will see Australian native animals in a beautiful natural backdrop. Kangaroos and emus can readily be seen roaming the grounds.
There are multiple nature walks within Tidbinbilla including the Sanctuary where the platypuses fossick around in the ponds. See koalas relaxing in the trees and wallabies hopping through the undergrowth of the Eucalypt Forest. You may even be fortunate enough to spot one of Australia’s few remaining Southern Brush Tailed Rock Wallabies.
If we time things well, we will catch the Pelican feeding which includes a meet and greet with a Tidbinbilla park ranger. They always have great insight into the Reserve and offer inside information on where to go to see the interesting wildlife.
The tour departs the City from various pick-up points in the morning and travels to the Nature Reserve via the newly built Cotter Dam. The tour takes the whole day so a barbecue lunch is provided. It is worth packing warm clothes and a hat to be prepared for any weather changes.
The price includes all transport, admission to Tidbinbilla, and of course lunch.
|Please arrive at least 45 minutes before departure.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions are provided upon application.
Travel to Tidbinbilla via the New Cotter Dam
9:00am – 9:45am
Visit the Deep Space Communications Complex
9:45am – 10:30am
Explore Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
10:45am – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Continue exploring Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
1:30pm – 4:00pm
Travel back to Canberra
4:00pm – 4:45pm