Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve will waive its entry fees from this Saturday (8 August) for the rest of 2020 to encourage visitors back to the popular destination.
The park has slowly begun opening back up after closing in early April due to large crowds amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACT Environment and Heritage Minister Mick Gentleman said the ACT Government hopes the hold on entry fees will encourage more people to enjoy the venue.
“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,” he 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 [interstate] 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.”
Entry fees to the park differ for concession card holders and seniors, but usually cost about $14 per vehicle.
Visitors are still reminded it is their responsibility to maintain good hygiene and social distancing measures when they are in public spaces.
Mr Gentleman said this is a good time to visit the park for those especially interested in seeing the wildlife it has to offer.
“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 is also the best time of year to spot the elusive platypus as they spend more time feeding and the males are out preparing for the breeding season.”
Visitors are advised all areas of the reserve are open, except Nil Desperandum Homestead and walking trail which are currently being upgraded.
For more information visit www.tidbinbilla.act.gov.au.