A Wild Night out at Tidbinbilla

Switch off for a family overnight micro-cation this spring in the nation’s capital at A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla from Friday 25 September to Saturday 10 October 2020.

With technology playing an essential role in keeping Australians connected at work, home and play throughout COVID-19, these spring holidays is the time to ‘get off grid’ and switch off with family – and there is no better experience than a night under the stars with A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla.

Take in Tidbinbilla’s unpolluted air, marvel at Mother Nature in all her glory, spot wildlife in their natural habitat, roast marshmallows by the evening fire and indulge in time as a family as you sleep under the stars and wake up to the sounds of birdsong and the smell of fresh mountain air.

Together as a family take part in one of a kind educational and interactive experiences designed specifically for this overnight stay including Welcome to the Park, Behind the Scenes at the Vet Centre, Fireside Culture Chat, Fire in the Forest, an in-camp ranger chat to prepare guests for their time at Tidbinbilla and Aboriginal Hanging Rock.

This unique wilderness camp also includes a child-friendly CSI inspired activity as well as a fun Hi-Tech Wildlife night vision scopes experience – a big favourite with past glamping families.

Each overnight family sleepover package includes three of the listed ranger activities as well as breakfast, dinner, campfire fun including stargazing, roasting marshmallows and 6-metre Emperor Bell glamping tent accommodation – and each tent includes real beds with quality bed linen.

This year celebrated award-winning photographer Ari Rex joins the A Wild Night Out at Tidbinbilla camp on Wednesday 7 October 2020 to host an astro-photography – the perfect night of milky way photography for adults and kids alike.

And the fun doesn’t stop after check-out – spend the rest of the day exploring Tidbinbilla’s 16 hiking trails, the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and NASA Tracking Station.

Throughout the school holidays the nation’s capital will be bustling with things to do including visits to iconic family friendly attractions such as the National Dinosaur Museum and Cockington Green, feasting with the family aboard a GoBoat or take some time to indulge in a spot of shopping at the award-winning Handmade Market or Dirty Jane’s Canberra.

Dates: Friday 25 September to Saturday 10 October 2020

Special Event: Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Ari Rex Astro-Photography workshop

Location: 40 minutes south of Canberra – access off Paddy’s River Road via Cotter Road (Weston Creek)

Pricing: Adults and kids are $195 per night per person


About ACT Parks and Conservation Service and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

ACT Parks and Conservation Service is the ACT Government’s national parks, nature conservation and land management agency. It manages 73% of the land in the ACT. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (Tidbinbilla) is located in the foothills of the mountain ranges that dominate the western half of the ACT. It is about 40 km south west of Canberra city and is located adjacent to Namadgi National Park.

Tidbinbilla is a vital part of the ACT’s park and reserve network and an important tourism and recreation resource for the community. With beautiful mountain ranges, spectacular exposed granite tors, foothill valleys and sheltered streams. Tidbinbilla is the ideal place to see native Australian wildlife in their natural setting. The reserve supports 160 bird species, 30 reptile species and 34 mammal species. Tidbinbilla is committed to conserving Australia’s endangered species through breeding and maintaining insurance populations. Tidbinbilla is a leader in endangered species conservation, demonstrated by the successful re-introductions of Northern Corroboree Frogs, Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies and Eastern Bettongs.

We’re COVID safe, we have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and are committed to keeping you safe through 1.5 metre physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning, record keeping and the wellbeing of staff and customers.

A Wild Night out at Tidbinbilla



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