Nil Desperandum

Nil Desperandum Homestead is currently receiving upgrades and will remain closed until further notice.

The walk to Nil Desperandum is also currently closed due to the construction of a new Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby enclosure. The trail is currently being re-routed and will be open to the public soon.

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

The historic European homestead, Nils has been described as 'camping under a tin roof' and provides a beautiful, rustic wilderness experience.

Access to Nil Desperandum is by 4WD or AWD vehicles ONLY. Alternatively, a marked walking trail will lead you to historic cottage (13.8km return).


Nils has three rooms, a kitchen with wood stove, veranda and fenced yard. There is solar lighting, a shared long drop toilet, quality camp stretcher beds, rainwater to the kitchen, outside gas BBQ and a fire pit. Guests are required to bring their own firewood or purchase it from the Visitor Centre.

Wood and kindling cannot be collected from any ACT National Park or Reserve.

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 Reserve 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
  • Torches
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Sleeping bag and pillow (air mattress optional)
  • Cutlery, plates and cooking utensils
  • Food and drink (nearest shop is over 30 minutes away)
  • Firewood and kindling
  • Drinking water (untreated rainwater is provided)
  • A sense of adventure!

Please no domestic animals as Nils is located within Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve,

Getting there

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

Make a reservation

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