Our current version of Wilderdom is located on 3/4 acre just beyond Canberra, the "bush capital" of Australia, in a village of about 40 people, on the Murrumbidgee River, surrounded by sheep & cattle farms and the Namadgi National Park, not far from the Australian Alps We have a couple of children and 3 cats 'rescued' from various sources. Currently, we are enjoying the temporary higher water levels of the Murrumbidgee River by kayaking as much as possible! From the vegie patch we are eating lettuce and baby spinach, and the seemingly everlasting silverbeet has finally gone to seed after surviving all winter! We collected masses of cow poo conveniently 'pre-mixed' with hay [from winter feeds-thanks cows] in the paddock next door and the vegies are enjoying the boost!


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We spent our 2008 summer holidays touring the South East coast of Australia. We stayed at the magnificent Thurra River Camp site in Croajingolong National Park.

Going back for 2 weeks this summer!


See a fantastic array of Flickr photos of Croajingolong National Park

In the summer of 2003, the Namadgi National Park and south-western area near Canberra experienced major bushfires.

Local Tharwa Links

Ideas for

Simple Dwellings

Nature Retreats


In the summer of 2007, we experienced a blaze of Patterson's Curse and a "Summer of Singing (Edible!) Cicadas" (cicadas as an unconventional food source - they taste like chicken.

About Us

Jackie Neill is a Preschool Teacher who is passionate about nature based play. She is also a Level 2 Yoga Teacher of Satyananda Yoga.

James Neill teaches psychology & outdoor education.