Hiring Nil Desperandum
Nestled in tranquil, natural bush settings beneath the mountains of Tidbinbilla, Nil Desperandum provides a perfect base from which to engage in bushwalking, bird watching, star gazing, reading or just relaxation.
The historic European homestead has been described by a guest as "Camping under a tin roof", which perfectly sums it up, allowing guests to enjoy a remote, rustic, wilderness experience.
Nil Desperandum has three rooms, a kitchen with wood stove, veranda and fenced garden. It has solar lighting, a long drop toilet, quality camp stretcher beds, cold running water into the kitchen via a rainwater tank, outside gas BBQ and a fire pit (Hirers are required to bring their own wood. The Visitors Centre does sell firewood if required.) There is no electricity supply at Nils, which adds to the 'off grid' experience.
What to bring
As you would if camping, guests need to bring their own sleeping bags, food, cooking equipment and first aid kit. The water supply at Nils comes from a rainwater tank and guests are advised to bring their own bottled water or boil water for drinking and washing up.
Hire fee is $140 per night with a maximum of six people per group for up to seven nights. A fully refundable $100 key/security deposit is also required and will help ensure the protection of the homestead. The deposit is payable on check in at the Tidbinbilla Visitor Information Centre.
Make a reservation
For terms and conditions or to make a booking go to the ACT Government's booking website. More information is available from the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre by phone on 6205 1233.
Access to Nil Desperandum is by 4WD or AWD vehicles or on foot. Directions will be provided upon confirmation of reservation.
Nil Desperandum by day Photo credit Matthew James
Enjoying an evening by the fire. Photo credit Peter Taylor