Friday Weekend Escape to Canberra, Australia: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Today we’re escaping into the mountains, and visiting one of my favourite places that’s only a short drive from Canberra, my home town. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is located on the south-western side of Canberra, Australia, in the Brindabella Ranges. The southern end of the Brindabella Ranges adjoins the Snowy Mountains, the setting for my Snowgum Creek contemporary romance series.

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There are a number of walking trails to choose from, ranging from easy to hard. The Sanctuary is a wetlands ecosystem, and an easy walk in the bush around a pretty lake.

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The rangers hand feed the pelicans who live in The Sanctuary. During my last visit, a ranger provided a commentary on how Australian Pelicans usually live around coastal and inland waterways, and can fly long distances in search of food. The two pelicans in the photo below have unfortunately had their wings clipped in the past, which means they can’t fly and survive in the wild.

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The pelican’s favourite food is fish. The ranger threw a number of whole fish, which the pelicans caught in their large bills. I learned that the pelicans have a hook on the end of their bills. This enables them to hold onto and manoeuvre the slippery fish into their bill pouch before they swallow it whole, longways. If the fish is swallowed sideways, it could get caught in their throats and cause the pelicans a lot of distress.

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A large number of eastern grey kangaroos live in the nature reserve. They graze in the open grasslands, and are usually found in groups.

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The mountains views in Tidbinbilla are gorgeous, and a definite highlight.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed hiking around Tidbinbilla, and exploring the native flora and fauna. Enjoy your weekend!

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