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Best of Wildlife and Birds Tour
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Best of Wildlife and Birds Tour

By Canberra Guided Tours
Recommended by 90% of travellers
90% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Time and time again the Best of Wildlife tour impresses those who choose to take part. A half day, afternoon tour, we travel at the best time of the day to see some of Australia’s unique animals in the wild. The tour begins with pickup at your accommodation before a half hour to 40-minute journey through the rural surrounds of Canberra to the Deep Space Tracking Station at Tidbinbilla. Here you’ll learn about the significant role played by our telescopes in the Apollo missions and first moon landing as well as current day deep space tracking. From the Deep Space Tracking Station, we’ll travel the short distance to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve where some of Australia’s most iconic native animals living in the wild. Through the reserve we’ll hopefully witness and get close to: Kangaroos Wallabies Koalas Platypus Colourful parrots and other birds Emus After hopefully spotting platypus towards the end of the tour, you’ll enjoy the 30-40 minute tour back into your accommodation.
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AU$135.00
per adult
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Ages 12-95, max of 15 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Expert Local Tour Guide
  • Pickup in comfortable tour vehicle
  • Entry to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • Pickup at major hotel & motel chains
  • Entry/Admission - Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
What's not included
  • Water & Snacks


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • 65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
    Jolimont Travel Centre - on the Northborne side, just in front of the Novotel. Curbside pickup.
Pickup details
  • We pickup at all Canberra hotels and all centrally located air-bnb etc. For visitors from outside town we pickup at the Jolimont Travel Centre in the City.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 137956P3

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 137956P3

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      Itinerary
      • You'll start at
        65 Northbourne Ave
        Or, you can also get picked up
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      • 1
        Canberra
        Stop: 40 minutes
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      • 2
        Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
        Stop: 20 minutes
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      • 3
        Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
        Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
        See details
      • 4
        Canberra
        Stop: 30 minutes
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      • You'll return to the starting point
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      • Canberra Guided Tours
        330
        Canberra, Australia
        Joined in April 2019
      • 69malcolmf
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        CANBERRA DAY TOUR
        We were warmly greeted by our tour guide Neil who picked us up at Olivio’s Tourist Park where we were staying. Neil’s vast knowledge about the history of Canberra and the Canberra of today was very informative and all very interesting. He certainly is an excellent and very experienced tour guide. We had a wonderful day and visited some of the many interesting sights of Canberra. We highly recommend Canberra Guided Tours. Thank you! 10/10. Mal and Lucy.
        Written 23 February 2024
      • Edward K
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best way to start a visit to Canberra!
        This tour was exactly what we were looking for. Touring Australia from overseas we didn’t want to not see and learn about this unique Capital city but our time in country is limited. Our driver / guide Neil is extremely knowledgeable about the City and the inner workings of the Australian government. The day was both enjoyable and educational. The tour was a small group tour in a comfortable mini-bus. Whether you have one day or one week, I cannot think of a better way than this tour to get a solid introduction to Canberra.
        Written 22 February 2024
      • 965sidb
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A wonderful day in Canberra
        As first time visitors to Canberra we decided to take the Full Day Tour. The sights visited, along with Ian (our driver's) narrative and knowledge made for a very pleasurable and informative day enjoyed by both Dianne and myself. Special thanks to the staff for re-uniting me with my wayward binoculars. A really beautiful city.
        Written 21 February 2024
      • r0sheller
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful tour
        Thank you for such an awesome day. This is the best guided tour if you want to learn about Canberra Neil has a bagful of information and stories to tell. His knowledge of the city is pretty incredible. Although it's a full day, it won't feel like it. The time goes so fast because it's a fun day too. If I could give you more than 5 stars, I would. Thanks again Neil for a brilliant day :)
        Written 21 February 2024
      • patrickvW9005JN
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Exceptional Guide
        The guide was exceptional. He told us many details about the various sights we were visiting around Canberra and also added a great deal of interesting/colorful stories along the way. Obviously, the guide is passionate about sharing his in-depth knowledge with his clients. I would highly recommend this day tour for anyone who wants a great overview of Canberra in a short period of time.
        Written 16 February 2024
      • F7795SIjudithw
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful Day…..
        The views were amazing-took so many photos….our host driver Ian was very good - made our tour feel very relaxing. He. took us to so many interesting places - from the old Parliament House to the New Parliament Luxury House - and went into to view the elected members speak.. Thanks
        Written 15 February 2024
      • davidrJ4139SE
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Tour guide was exceptional.
        Highly recommended Neil was an exceptional guide, with detailed knowledge and entertaining anecdotes, as well as congenial personality. Cannot recommend highly enough
        Written 12 February 2024
      • davidbR7348XB
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Canberra at an easy pace.
        Very comfortable and easy paced day tour. Neil was very informative and friendly. Picked up and dropped off at our hotel.
        Written 9 February 2024
      • catherinefV119II
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent Tour
        The tour was great. Neil was an excellent guide - made it a very enjoyable day! We had a small group which allows you to easily ask questions and get answers. Also much easier than trying to get to everything yourself and you learn alot. Would highly recommend.
        Written 8 February 2024
      • TimEHelen
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Memorable day tour of Canberra
        We had a fantastic and memorable day seeing the highlights of Canberra. Neal was a very knowledgeable and friendly host. Would highly recommend this tour to others. Kids and adults enjoyed it v much. A great way to learn about the national capital and the country.
        Written 25 January 2024
      • Christian245_Zurich
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very good value for money !
        To get to know Canberra in one day with a perfectly designed tour, Canberra Guided Tours is the right choice. It was worth spending a little more to get to know the city and its surroundings with Neil, an experienced and knowledgeable guide, in a small, comfortable bus. Neil's knowledge of Australia and Canberra in particular was profound and he conveyed it in an interesting and understandable way. The tour covered everything that is important and worth seeing in Canberra. From the Mount Ainslie Lookout we looked out over the whole city, were able to take wonderful photos and Neil explained to us the history of how the city came into being. We visited the government district, admired the most beautiful of the many embassies, saw the old and new parliament from the outside and inside and finally the very impressive War Memorial. Neil was always ready to arrange a photo stop if desired and also answered all questions and requests. We can only give him the highest praise.
        Written 19 January 2024
      • Travel56202135663
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highlights of beautiful Canberra
        It was a very intresting trip. Learn much and Canberra is a nice and beautifull city...certa inly will come back again! The guide Neill was excellent and that make the trip complete Ingrid
        Written 9 January 2024
      • joanbP7716QN
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A brilliant tour, highly recommended
        One of the best tours I have been on. Our Guide Neil is a man of great knowledge with a sense of humour to match. We saw most of the main sights of Canberra, saved a lot of running around later. I would recommend this tour to everyone. 10/10
        Written 9 January 2024
      • kevingE4404PS
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highlights of Canberra. The outlook was beautiful. Embassy drive was interesting. The last post very respectful.
        Excellent tour, the tour guide very knowledgeable and friendly. The history of Canberra fascinating.
        Written 7 January 2024
      • CenzinaA1
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best tour in Canbetra
        Fantastic tour to Parliament House and War Memorial. Tour guide Neil was amazing and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
        Written 3 January 2024
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      riffle694
      Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2023
      The tour guided by Neil was everything we hoped for and more. We saw amazing animals and especially loved the kangaroos and koalas. Neil provided a wealth of information about the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, a gem not far from Canberra's center. Neil also provided local history and even explained Aussie football to the delight of my husband. Book early. For good reason, the tour fills quickly.
      Written 14 February 2023
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      Thanks for taking the time to share your experience on the Best of Wildlife and Birds Tour with Neil. We're glad that you enjoyed seeing the amazing animals in the wild and learning about the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, as well as some context on Australian football. You're right, booking early is highly recommended as our tours fill up quickly. Again, we appreciate your feedback and look forward to having you join us again on another tour in the future.
      Written 21 February 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Bridget R
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2022 • Solo
      Neil was so incredible! Very kind, funny, friendly and knowledgeable. Great guide, greater tour!! He went out of his way to help me get great pictures, answered any questions I had, you could tell he really loved his work. He's also a professional ornithologist so bird lovers this is the tour for you! I had an amazing time, please consider giving him your business if you'd like a personal guide to the wilds of Australia!
      Written 2 August 2022
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      Thanks so much for sharing your feedback about our Best of Wildlife Tour. We’re glad to hear that our team’s performance exceeded your expectations, and we’ll make sure that Neil receives the recognition they deserve. Thank you again, Bridget, have a great day!
      Written 7 August 2022
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      Paul G
      San Francisco, CA6 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2023 • Couples
      The guide was very personable and patient. The coach was adequate, but not the most comfortable and spacious. The ride was long and seemed to take longer than it did because of the lack of information provided by the guide. He said a few things about Canberra, but it was a wildlife tour, not a Canberra tour. He provided very little information about the animals we were trying to observe. We expected information about life cycle, habitat, food, reproduction, and how they behave during each season. We received none of that. He merely pointed out kangaroos in a field and in a park, and koalas in an enclosure. We expected something more than a ride to and through the national park. We could have hired a car, driven there and seen exactly the same animals and birds on our own without a "guide."
      Written 11 November 2023
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      Małgorzata G
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      July 2023 • Solo
      The tour was amazing! Neil has hudge knowledge on Australian wildlife and is happy to share it! He kindly answered all our questions. The atmosphere was fantastic and the tour was a great opportunity to learn more about Australian wildlife and spot such icons as a kangaroos and koalas but also smaller animals and many fascinating birds. Neil shared some tips how not to scare the animals and come closer, which was great. The park itself is also very much worth seeing, especially with an experienced guide as Neil is. I would highly recommend that tour to both solo travelers and groups!
      Written 10 July 2023
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      Glad you had an amazing time with Neil at the tour and that you were able to learn more about the native animals of Canberra. Nature and wildlife in Canberra are truly spectacular. If you want to see something more vibrant, we highly recommend booking the highly awaited Canberra Floriade Tour happening this September-October, which showcases the best of Canberra during springtime. 🌷
      Written 18 July 2023
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      Eleanor H
      1 contribution
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Family
      We had this tour booked as visitors from the UK. We waited to be collected from the hotel as arranged, and no one came to collect us. We waited for over half an hour. Attempted to contact the tour company no response. I have since sent emails, attempted to phone and contact them on their website for a refund. I’ve had no contact back. We’ve missed out on a lot of money. I don’t know if this is a scam or just terrible customer service. Don’t bother booking.
      Written 1 January 2024
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      fradus
      Port Pirie, Australia130 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      July 2023 • Family
      Great tour with the highlight being - visiting the Koala enclosure at the sanctuary. The Koalas were very active and provided for excellent up-close photography. The tour bus picked us up and dropped us off at our lodgings too - Alivio Tourist Park.
      Written 14 July 2023
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      Thank you fradus from Alivio Tourist Park for the feedback. Glad you had a great time at the tour and that you were able to catch a great view of the Koalas. Nature and wildlife in Canberra are truly spectacular. If you want to see something more vibrant, we highly recommend booking the highly awaited Canberra Floriade Tour happening this September-October, which showcases the best of Canberra during springtime. 🌷
      Written 18 July 2023
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      Trek42361519330
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2023 • Solo
      I recently had the privilege of taking a wildlife birds tour with Mr. Neil Hermes, and I am highly satisfied with my experience. The journey was absolutely remarkable, giving me long-lasting memories that I will treasure for years to come. Many thanks to Neil and the Canberra tour guided teams for this wonderful experience.
      Written 4 September 2023
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      Glad you had a great time with Neil at our Best Of Wildlife And Birds tour. Neil is truly passionate about what he does, and we're happy to see that it reflects in his work. And since you seem to really enjoy nature and wildlife, we highly recommend the ongoing seasonal Canberra Floriade Tour, our most vibrant and visually appealing tour to date. It only runs for a limited time so we suggest you book as soon as possible 🌷
      Written 2 October 2023
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      Jennifer C
      London, UK2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Had a fantastic afternoon learning all about the animals and birds of Australia. Neil was exceptionally knowledgable, friendly and an excellent guide. I would highly recommend this trip.
      Written 12 July 2023
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      Glad you had a great time at the tour and that you were able to learn more about Australia's wildlife. Nature and wildlife in Canberra are truly spectacular. If you want to see some more vibrant displays of nature, we highly recommend booking the highly awaited Canberra Floriade Tour happening this September-October, which showcases the best of Canberra during springtime. 🌷
      Written 18 July 2023
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      Malin B
      1 contribution
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2023 • Couples
      We had a great afternoon with an experienced, helpful, and well informed guide. We got to see lots of kangaroos, three semi-wild koalas and plenty of birds. We also spotted wallabies and a bandicoot.
      Written 13 November 2023
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      Gemma P
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2023 • Friends
      Fantastic trip with a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. A great chance to get out of the city and see some of Australia’s wildlife. We loved it!
      Written 3 November 2023
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      Glad to hear it! Hope to welcome you back on one of our other tours soon.
      Written 5 November 2023
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