Blue Range Area
Blue Range Hut Recreation area is located in the Uriarra Forest area on Blue Range Road, 2.6km from the intersection with Brindabella Road. Centred around the heritage-listed remains of a World War II Italian internment camp, the Blue Range camp is a very popular camping and events location. You can book individually for small groups, or hire the whole area for large gatherings.
Blue Range Hut is also a great base for accessing some of the glorious alpine walking trails of northern Namadgi National Park. Bring your own drinking water and firewood.
No bins are provided - please take your rubbish home with you.
Collection of standing or fallen timber from all public lands, including roadsides, is illegal and environmentally damaging, as it removes important habitat. Firewood must be brought with you.
Map showing the location of Blue Range Hut along Blue Range Road. Also shows the location of toilets, barbecues and on leash dog area.
Note: If you have difficulty accessing the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
Facilities and activities
- Wheelchair access
- Wood and gas barbecues
- Picnic tables
- On leash dog exercise area
- Walking trail
There are three different possible walks to Sherwood Homestead:
Sherwood Homestead from Blue Range
Distance: 7.2km return
Time suggested: 3 hours
Sherwood Homestead from East/West Rd
Distance: 6.4km return
Time suggested: 3 hours
Sherwood Homestead from Mountain Creek Rd
Distance: 8.6km return
Time suggested: 4 hours
These walks end at the remains of the Sherwood Homestead and gardens, first established by Henry and Eliza Philips in 1863. All that remains of the actual homestead is some stones from the fireplace, however a number of exotic trees show the layout of the site. In spring, many thousands of daffodils flourish, which likely date back to the time of the Phillips occupation. The garden was once delightful with flowers, cherry trees, apples, walnuts, raspberry bushes and more. On Ropers Hill, overlooking the site, the stump of a once massive oak tree still stands. This is the site where Henry, Eliza and their infant son, Henry now lie. A wooden fence surrounds the stump and a memorial plaque set in stone was put in place in November 2000.
The walks themselves are all slightly different and take you through both native bushland and ex-plantation pine forest.
Blue Range Hut is located 45 minutes west of Canberra City Centre on Blue Range Road, 2.6km from the intersection with Brindabella Road.
- Bookings are essential: The code to the gate is given when you book or when your Application to Use a Public Place is approved.
- To make a booking, contact Namadgi Visitor Centre on 02 6237 5307 to pay with credit card over the phone.
- Namadgi Visitor Centre opening hours are 9.00am - 4.00pm weekdays and 9.00am - 4.30pm on weekends and public holidays (closed Christmas Day).
- Online bookings are currently not available as ACT Parks and Conservation are building a new booking platform to improve the user experience.
- Camping Fee: $10.00 per person per night, $8.00 for seniors card holders and $6.50 for concession/student.
- Hut Hire Fee: $65.00 per night for up to six people.
- Campground and Hut Exclusive use: Additional $75.00 per night surcharge for exclusive use on top of the per person rate.
- No charge for children under 15 years of age.
- Exclusive use and large organised groups: Large group bookings (10 people or more) or exclusive use must complete an Application to Use a Public Place at least two weeks before your planned booking.
Please remember the following
- Firewood is not provided, please bring your own supply.
- Fires are restricted to designated fire places. You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves as an alternative to campfires.
- Drinking water is not provided. Please bring your own drinking water with you.
- There are no bins provided, please take your rubbish home and recycle.
- Be aware that phone reception is not reliable throughout the Murrumbidgee River Corridor. Do not depend on your phone for safety or directions.
More information and feedback
For more information or to provide feedback, contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or complete an online feedback form.