Explore the Canberra region with nature experts! Experience captivating forests, woodlands, grasslands, rivers and wetlands. Encounter Australian wildlife like kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, birds, platypus and others. Learn how landscapes have changed from before the first Aboriginal inhabitants to early European settlers and the present day.
Your Local in Nature guides are scientists/consultants in ecology and environmental science; nature lovers with a keen interest in the region and knowledge about the best places to visit.
Tours cater to individuals or small groups seeking a more personalised tour, or can be designed for larger study groups, delegations, or school groups wanting to see and learn about Australia.
Local In Nature also offer longer tours so you can fully appreciate more distant places – check their website for details.
Basic Birdwatching Caters for limited mobility Cultural and Theme Tours Customised Disabled access available Family Friendly Full Day Half Day or Less Hiking Land - Motorised Land - Self Propelled Moderate Nature & Wildlife Nature and wildlife Public Toilet Walk Walking and Biking Tours Wheelchair access
From $25 to $150
Local in Nature offers Twilight Tours to several beautiful reserves in and around Canberra. This tour is ideal if you only have an hour or two to spare, or if you would like a guided stroll in lovely surrounds before dinner.
Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is a safe haven for Bettongs and vulnerable birds.
Jerrabomberra Wetlands features a network of paths and bird hides alongside Lake Burley-Griffin.
Reserves at Black Mountain and Mt Ainslie offer great views of the city, lots of kangaroos, and some lovely old native trees.
The featured walk — Barrack’s Creek/Mt Jerrabomberra — is a great example of forests native to the region in a serene hilly setting, with some good views west to Canberra and north to Queanbeyan.
Routes can be chosen to suit your fitness level. Contact Local in Nature for more information.Family Friendly
From $63 to $550
The Gudgenby Valley in Namadgi National Park features marshes, montane woodlands and tors, some of which were used as rock shelters by Aboriginal people. Several of the rock shelters have Aboriginal art work, the most famous being Yankee Hat.
The Yankee Hat – Gudgenby Valley walking tour features sweeping views and an easy and pleasant track through grasslands surrounding a bog. It travels east to west across the grassland to a rock shelter just into the woodland on the west side of the grassland. You’ll see many Grey Kangaroos, Red-necked Wallabies and also likely some alpine skinks and raptors.
Nearby is Rendezvous Creek which offers a longer valley walk with another rock shelter, and Nursery Swamp, which you pass mainly through forest on your way to another rock shelter.
Time permitting this tour can fit in a cafe, winery, pub or art gallery after the walk.Family Friendly Public Toilet
From $63 to $550
Many Urban and Country Reserves in and around Canberra offer great views of the city. You’ll also discover healthy native vegetation, some serenity and lots of wildlife on these tours.
The London Bridge – Googong South option offers strange land forms, lovely forests, and a range of Australian wildlife.
Walk through open, rolling hills to the wondrous limestone formation London Bridge. Spot the kangaroos and ponder Snow Gum and Black Sally alpine trees from cooler times.
Observe Aboriginal artefacts in a grassy valley, woodland birds, and swamp wallabies. There are lovely water views, an old vermin-proof fence and majestic Apple Box trees.Keep an eye out for wombats on the return trip.
NOTE: Aboriginal stone tool artefacts cannot be collected under any circumstances.
There are a host of alternative destinations to choose from, and routes can be chosen to suit your fitness level. Contact Local in Nature for more information.
It is also very easy to fit in a visit to a winery, brew-pub or art gallery after a tour of an urban reserve.
Wheelchair access is possible for some of these tours.Family Friendly Public Toilet
From $63 to $550
Discover Peaks and Lookouts – Namadgi National Park with Local in Nature. Take to the high ground for fantastic views, forests and rocky outcrops.
The Booroomba Rocks tour takes you southwest of Canberra, where you walk up through sub-alpine forest until you reach a cliff with spectacular views of a forested valley and beyond.
Choose to finish the walk there or continue on, climbing over and through boulders until you reach a broad rock platform to rest on and take in the scenery.
Encounters with Grey Kangaroos, Red-necked Wallabies, various birds and skinks are common, but the main attractions on this tour are the views and the rock features.
Alternative tour destinations to Namadgi high country include walks to lookouts and peaks in the north of Namadgi National Park, which provide panoramic views across the ranges to the southwest. You can also take in a stroll through some magnificent tall forests on the sheltered eastern aspects of the ranges.
Routes can be chosen to suit your fitness level. Some of the peaks are accessible through short walks or driving for those with limited mobility. Contact Local in Nature for more information.Family Friendly Public Toilet
Australia 101 is a fully customisable, fun crash course on the Australian environment and the effect that geologic forces, climate and successive waves of people have had on the landscapes you see. It is ideal for the curious, for study tours, foreign delegations, or school groups.
Topics covered include:
• climate (warm and dry – but it wasn’t always so)
• Australia’s unique vegetation (Eucalyptus and others) and native animals (kangaroos, echidnas, platypus, birds, reptiles and friends)
• landscape evolution through Aboriginal and European settlement
• Aboriginal settlement, culture and subsistence (subject to the availability of local Aboriginal guides)
Routes can be chosen to suit the fitness level of participants. Contact Local in Nature for more information.Family Friendly Public Toilet