Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is a unique 600-hectare outdoor attraction with stunning scenery and an array of wildlife, including kangaroos, echidnas, platypus and emus. With evidence of high Aboriginal occupation and a rock shelter dating back at least 21,000 years, the valley is also rich in indigenous heritage.
Visitors can experience nature, encounter wildlife, enjoy a scenic drive and panoramic views, bushwalk independently or with a guide, view the remains of early rural structures, picnic in idyllic spots or ride a bike along beautiful trails.
With so much to see and do, the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre is the vital jumping-off point for all visitors to the reserve. As well as the latest information on ranger-guided activities, it offers interactive and live animal displays, educational facilities and a gift shop.
Screenmakers are proud to have been involved in the fitout of the Visitor Centre from its opening in March 2000.
Screenmakers created every sign in the visitor centre, from small captions for display cases (fig 2) to large-scale panels in striking, complex angles (fig 5).
The curved walls (fig 1) were effectively managed by directly mounting vinyl prints on to the plasterboard. The prints were coated in a sandtex laminate, which is more scratch-resistant than normal laminate - ideal for a heavy-traffic area like this. All the front-lit panels were made from 16mm MDF with wrapped edges. Using MDF means the panels can be easily replaced for future displays without having to repaint the walls.
MDF panels coated with non-reflective sandtex make the ideal showcase for these classic images (fig 3). The panels were mounted on split battens for ease of removal. MDF panel print-wraps (fig 4) were again mounted directly on to the wall to sit with other displays.
Working with unusual angles (fig 5) was achieved by ensuring the MDF panels matched and fitted together before the images were digitally printed. These beautiful images taken around Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve were then coated in a sandtex laminate.
Most of the panels used were MDF, but in some cases a foam PVC was used so the panels were lightweight enough to move around (fig 6).