Released 23/12/2016

The summer holidays are a great time to get out and about with family and friends to discover the natural beauty of Canberra.

“The fun doesn’t stop at Canberra’s parks and reserves over the holiday period, with some great activities on offer for our residents and visitors to the bush capital,” Brett McNamara, Regional Manager, National Parks and Catchments, said today.  

“Whether it is going for a bush walk, a picnic, a swim or participating in one of the exciting activities available as part of our Ranger Guided Explore Program, Canberra’s natural environment provides something for everyone to enjoy.

“If you have ever wondered how to feed a pelican you can join a wildlife officer at Tidbinbilla at 1.30 pm each day in December (excluding Christmas Day) and January and watch how they feed the pelicans. From 11 am to 11.30 am every day in the school holidays, learn about the critically endangered Corroboree frog and the captive breeding program at Tidbinbilla that is helping to save this iconic species from extinction.

“On 7 and 21 January from 7.45 pm to 10 pm, Canberrans can join a guided spotlight tour to discover the hidden secrets of Tidbinbilla at night. Possums, kangaroos, koalas, long-nosed Potoroos, Eastern Bettongs and Southern Brush-tailed Rock wallabies all emerge at dusk. This activity costs $40 for adults, $30 for children (7-12 years) or $125 per family (2 adults and 2 children). Bookings are essential."

Mr McNamara advised the public of restricted access to some park areas and services on Christmas Day.

Canberra nature reserves and parks will be open all summer except on Christmas Day where Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, including the Visitor Centre, and Googong Foreshores will be closed. The Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre will also be closed Christmas Day, however the will park remain open to visitors. Kowen forest will be closed to vehicle access however pedestrian and cycles access will be permitted.

Canberrans and visitors are also advised that during period of wet weather, high winds or total fire bans, restrictions and closures may apply to many public reserves, forests and other areas.

“The holiday season can be a stressful time for individuals and families. Connecting with nature has proven tangible physical and emotional benefits for people. Nature can indeed nurture your mind, body and soul this festive season – it’s the gift that keeps on giving. The ACT Parks and Conservation Services wishes all Canberrans a safe and happy holiday break and we look forward to seeing you out and about over the coming weeks.”

For more information on the various recreation locations and activities on offer in our parks and reserves visits For more information on the Tidbinbilla after Dark activities and to make a booking visit

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