Wirrimbirra Sanctuary - Bargo
Open Tuesday to Sunday
from 9.00am to 4.30pm
Wirrimbirra web site is in the process of being re-built.
information here is generally OK but it has not been updated for a
apologies, and we will have the new site available as soon as
Wirrimbirra Sanctuary is a 95 hectare property owned by the National Trust
of Australia (NSW), established and managed as a flora and fauna
sanctuary. It was created in the 1960s by Thistle Harris, in memory of
her husband David Stead, to preserve the original 'Bargo Brush' and
Australia's flora and fauna, and promote the use and propagation of
Australian native plants.
Today Wirrimbirra continues to operate as a flora and fauna sanctuary
and is a unique example of the original Australian bush.
The Sanctuary's main focus remains to preserve the last remnants of the
Bargo Brush, to educate the general public on Australian environmental
and wildlife issues, and to propagate and promote Australian plants.
As a part of that promotion we are involved in education on
environmental issues, primarily through our event days.
We have an Australian native nursery where you can purchase many of our
indigenous species that are particularly suitable for our region
(including the Wirrimbirra White waratah and the Wollemi Pine), a walk-through fauna protection area, and
a visitors centre where you can obtain some more information, purchase
your souvenirs and pick up some light refreshments. There is also
bunk-style budget accommodation at the sanctuary where you can stay over
while you see the rest of the local area or attend a function.
We are open from Tuesday to Sunday most weeks, from 9am to 4.30pm.
(We are closed each Monday, Easter Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and
New Year's day.)
For the applicable rates and charges please click
The new dingo sanctuary area will be a wonderful show-piece, with its large runs
and landscaped pathways. Unique in its very nature, it will be a
world-class facility and an exciting tourist destination in Wollondilly
Shire. The new area will be home to up to 34 pure-breed adult dingoes,
which will be cared for by a band of dedicated volunteers from both the
Australian Native Dog Conservation Society and Wirrimbirra.
The dingo sanctuary is not open as yet.
Once they are settled in you will be able to meet and
learn about the dingoes in a beautiful, natural setting that features
wonderful native gardens. A volunteer will accompany visitors, giving
them a guided tour and answering questions. Video presentations will
eventually be available on request.