Blue Range Camp

Ranger with group of visitors at Blue Range Camp

In the image above, a ranger explains the history of the site to a group standing in front of the camp galley. Signage (images below) provides more information.

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The peaceful Blue Range campground belies its past as an internment camp.

During the course of World War II three groups of Italians were sent to work here. They were selectively imprisoned regardless of whether they were naturalised or not. Work included preparing the land for pine plantations, raising seeds, planting seedlings and weed control.

Twenty two-man huts eventually replaced the tents. The 2003 fires destroyed the former camp, but you can still make out remnant stonework, concrete slabs, channels, terraces and charcoal pits.