Wirrimbirra Sanctuary was established in the 1960s to preserve Bargo Brush, a threatened ecosystem, and to promote the use of Australian native plants. The sanctuary today is a flora and fauna education and research centre. While not a zoo, you may wander along the bushwalking trails and see wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas, possums and other native animals in their natural habitat. You can learn more in the Visitors’ Centre or have a BBQ or picnic. The sanctuary offers hostel-style accommodation so you can see the nocturnal animals of the Australian bush and gaze at the unspoilt starlit skies.
Wirrimbirra Sanctuary covers is an area of about 95 ha. Located about halfway between the Bargo River Crossing and the village of Bargo on the Hume Highway 100 km south of Sydney. Wirrimbirra preserves a part of the original ‘Bargo Brush’ which was of considerable historical importance in the problems which faced the settlement of the Argyle or Southern Tablelands during the early half of the 1800s.
The Sanctuary contains rich and diverse plantings of native plants in formalised gardens, which were developed to provide areas of representative native plans for education and research purposes. Within the 43 established gardens, there are over 1800 native plants representing a resource base for the study of native flora.
The Administration Area contains all the buildings, including two rangers’ cottages, an office and bookshop, a display area and amenities. A native plant nursery provides plants for the property and for sale.
Within the Sanctuary there is the capacity to accommodate groups of up to 44 people in 5 bunk style cabins in the Environmental Studies Centre. (An Introduction to Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, 1991)