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3 great nature reserves to explore in Canberra

By Ben Faulks

One great thing about living in Belconnen is you're always within close proximity to the ACT's best attractions. When you want to get away from it all, there are some beautiful nature reserves all under an hour's drive that provide the perfect weekend escape for lovers of the outdoors. The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported that park rangers in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park are looking to develop Canberra's attractiveness as an ecotourism destination, so these opportunities are likely to expand in coming years. Here are three of our favourite outdoor spots. 

1. Indigenous history: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbilla is approximately a 40-minute drive from the Canberra city centre. This reserve is rich in Aboriginal history. Visitors can take a walking trail to the Birrigai Rock Shelter, which is one of the oldest of its kind in the Canberra area. Tidbinbilla is also a great spot if you're into hiking. The walk to the Birrigai Rock Shelter is only one of over 20 tracks – from quick strolls you can take the kids on to longer trails for the avid bushwalker.  

2. Rare flora and fauna: Namadgi National Park

A 45-minute drive from the Canberra city centre, Namadgi National Park is the place to go if you're interested in discovering some of Canberra's unique wildlife. It's a haven for rare and threatened species of plants and animals, being home to more than 40 rare and uncommon species. Depending on the time of day and how shy the animals are, you may be lucky enough to spot some eastern grey kangaroos, echidnas or pygmy possums. 

3. Bird watching: Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve is the closest of the three reserves, situated only 4 kms from Canberra's city centre. The reserve covers part of the Molonglo River floodplain and is a wetland habitat, home to migratory birds. Bird watchers young and old will be particularly fascinated by this place and should keep an eye out for the Latham's snipe, a bird that migrates to Australia from its breeding grounds in Japan and Siberia. 

When you're living in a Belconnen rental property or your own piece of real estate, you are perfectly situated to explore the very best nature of the ACT region. In addition to nature reserves, there are plenty of other activities that your family can enjoy. Talk to Ray White Belconnen to find out more about what your life could look like when you're settled here. 

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