Monday, July 22, 2024

Canberra waives park entry fees

The ACT Government has waived entry fees for Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve from today until the end of 2020 to encourage visitors to return to the park and holiday in the ACT.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Mick Gentleman said the government had put a hold on all entry fees into the reserve, which was ravaged by bushfires back in January.

“There’s never been a better time to visit Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Parts of the park were closed earlier in the year following the Orroral Valley Bushfire and we’ve upgraded the visitor centre in response to COVID-19,” Minister Gentleman said.

“The reserve is a great day-trip option right on our doorstep as we continue to urge Canberrans to reconsider their need to travel unless it is for essential reasons.

“The Tidbinbilla team have done some incredible work this year repairing several areas of the reserve in the wake of fire and flood. The Cascades and Lyrebird trails have new viewing platforms, and the Sanctuary and Ribbon Gum Theatre paths have been revamped and repainted.

“There’s upgrades to the koala enclosure, which has brand new logs and trees for the koalas to lounge on. We have added a new viewing platform and clear fencing for visitors to see our furry friends in their new home.”

He said late winter was also the best time of year to spot the elusive platypus as they spend more time feeding at this time of year.

“While visiting the reserve, it’s important to continue following the health advice by maintaining physical distancing and hand and respiratory hygiene,” said Mr Gentleman.

“Nil Desperandum Homestead and walking trail is being upgraded and will remain closed until further notice. All other areas of the reserve are open.”

Plan your next trip to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve at: www.tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

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