In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Welcome to Birrigai

Birrigai outdoor school is closed to the public until further notice.

Located adjacent to the Tidbinbilla Range and Namadgi National Park, Birrigai is an easy 40 minute drive from the Canberra city centre. Set amongst a beautiful natural landscape, Birrigai is surrounded by mountain peaks, native woodland and sheltered streams where native wildlife is in abundance. Birrigai is a place of significance in the culture and heritage of the Ngunnawal nation, the local indigenous peoples and traditional custodians of the lands on which Birrigai is situated.

Birrigai offers a range of outdoor adventure activities, cultural and education programs to ACT, regional, interstate and international schools and visitors. Delivering experiential education and outdoor adventure programs to more than 18,000 school students each year from preschool to Year 12, programs are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and can be tailored to meet specific needs, age groups and outcomes. At Birrigai, we provide and model challenging, insightful and personally meaningful experiences in an environment that allows reflection on our own well-being and that of our planet.

The site employs expert teachers from the ACT Government Education Directorate as well as officers from Transport Canberra & City Services. All programs operate within relevant legislative frameworks and industry leading risk management standards. Birrigai delivers its programs onsite, at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Birrigai has onsite accommodation for up to 186 people and twin share accommodation for an additional 12 people, with self or fully catered options. It also opens its doors to community and corporate groups for specialist professional learning, team-building and leadership programs, and for the accommodation and catering of workshops, seminars and special events.