Arts, culture and entertainment may be Canberra's best-known draws, but it’s the city’s nearby natural wonders that make it a truly must-see destination on any ACT tour. Surrounded by some of Australia’s best national parks, Canberra acts as a gateway into the heart of the region’s breathtaking natural landscape, rich Aboriginal history and unique wildlife. From bushwalking through untouched terrain to fishing in pristine rivers and camping under the stars, the top-rated three parks below offer a dazzling variety of outdoor attractions for the whole family – all within a short scenic drive from Canberra’s city centre.
Namadgi National Park
Just 45 minutes away is Namadgi National Park, a vast expanse of untouched wilderness in the famed Australian Alps. Here, you can hike the historic Settlers Track, fish along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, discover ancient Aboriginal sites and meet local wildlife as diverse as kangaroos, wombats, emus and cockatoos. The vast grounds of Namadgi cover half of ACT, so you’ll want to have a plan of attack when you arrive. For maps, guides and information on what to do and where to go, start your journey at the Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre.
Brindabella National Park
Situated so close to Canberra that you can sometimes spy the city from its sky-high ridgelines, Brindabella National Park feels worlds away from civilisation, and that’s just the way visitors here like it! The perfect spot for challenging mountain biking and four-wheel drive adventures, Brindabella is a paradise for thrill seekers on wheels, but don’t write it off just yet if you’re looking for a more laid-back family holiday. Winding trails with panoramic southern views of the Australian Alps, great fishing and picturesque camping grounds make Brindabella National Park just as much of a relaxing family destination as a playground for daredevils.
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
The centrally located Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is an easy stop, whether you’re coming from Canberra or the Namadgi National Park next door. Nestled between two mountain ranges, it runs through some fourteen habitats, each with its own distinct climate and wildlife. With so much to explore, it’s easy to spend your whole day here, whether you want to wander through wild woodlands, search for wallabies or watch an unforgettable sunset over the Tidbinbilla Valley. On weekends and holidays, the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve hosts special guided walks, games and activities, ranging from bike tours for grown-ups to kite-making workshops for kids to platypus pursuit for the whole family.
When planning your holiday, keep in mind that Canberra’s national parks are home to a wide array of wildlife and remote natural landmarks. To enjoy your outdoor adventures safely, wear comfortable clothes, have a plan for emergencies and keep an eye on the weather. In wide, rugged spaces like Namadgi, weather can change instantly, so it’s smart to come prepared with waterproof clothes and extra layers.
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Updated : 14th June 2017 | Words : 474 | Views : 12405