Hiring Nil Desperandum

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The historic European homestead, Nil Desperandum (Nils) has been described by previous guests as 'camping under a tin roof' and provides a beautiful, rustic wilderness experience.

Nestled in a tranquil, natural bush setting beneath the Tidbinbilla Range, Nils maintains its heritage charm and offers visitors a feeling of remoteness just a short drive away from the centre of the city.

The facilities

Nil Desperandum has three rooms, a kitchen with wood stove, veranda and fenced garden. There is 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. Guests are required to bring their own firewood. Wood and kindling cannot be collected from within the National Park or reserve. Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre sells bags of wood.

There is no electricity supply at Nil Desperandum and very limited mobile reception, which adds to your off-the-grid experience.

Hire of the homestead also provides complimentary access to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserver and all it has to offer.

What to bring

Are you ready for an experience under the stars? Here are a few things you need to bring:

  • First aid kid (recommended).
  • Torches.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Sleeping bag and pillow (air mattress optional)
  • Cutlery, plates and cooking utensils.
  • Food and drink as the nearest shop is over 30 minutes away.
  • Wood and kindling.
  • You may wish to bring your own drinking water, as only untreated tank water is provided.
  • A sense of adventure!

Accommodation rates

Hire fee is from $180 per night for up to 8 people.

Make a reservation

For terms and conditions or to make a booking visit Airbnb. More information is available from the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre by phone on 02 6207 7921.

Getting there

Access to Nil Desperandum is by 4WD or AWD vehicles, or on foot. Nils Desperandum is located on Paddys River Road, guests will be provided with a map and directions upon arrival.

Nil Desperandum by day Photo credit Matthew James

Nil Desperandum by day Photo credit Matthew James

Enjoying an evening by the fire. Photo credit Peter Taylor

Enjoying an evening by the fire. Photo credit Peter Taylor