|Visitor's center at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve|
It was perfect weather for this trip, 20⁰C (~68⁰F), sunny with a warm breeze. We discovered that you can drive your car through the reserve which allowed us to see more of the park than we would have on foot especially with a 5 and 7 year old. We headed straight to the Eucalypt Forest where there was a koala sighting. Unfortunately, we did not spot any koalas in the forest after an easy 30 minute walk along Peppermint Trail, but, wow, did it smell amazing among all of the eucalypt trees. We did get to see this male koala in the sanctuary. Apparently, there was a forest fire that came through in 2003 and a lot of the koala perished. This male has been brought in to help re-populate the forest.
|Chloe in the Eucalypt Forest|
|Daddy and Bella on Peppermint Trail in the Eucalypt Forest|
|Male koala in the sanctuary|
|Anabella spotted this lizard|
|And Chloe found this one|
|Mommy spotted this turtle|
|If you look closely you can see the platypus in the water|
|The Brogla crane|
On our way out we stopped at the discovery playground so the girls could play. Not only were there lots of families out, but also the kangaroo and emu. It was so fun to see them hanging out in the same area as people. There had to have been over 30 kangaroo! I have found that I see kangaroo mostly in the late afternoon/early evening. We watched one particularly large kangaroo sneak up on a family’s picnic to steal some of their food. He got pretty darn close, but not close enough. It was hilarious! Unfortunately, at this point my camera died so I didn’t get a picture of it.