In a letter to Sir Joseph Banks in 1807, botanist George Caley said his Aboriginal guide, Mowattin, had called the forest Bargo, the word meaning ‘place of cliffs’ or ‘thick shrub’. It was in the Bargo and Yanderra district that white settlers first recorded sightings of the koala, lyrebird and wombat.
Ex-convict John Wilson, noted the three animals in his diary describing the lyrebird as a pheasant, hence the name Pheasants Nest, and recorded the koala as being known to the Aboriginal people as ‘Cullawine’.
Wirrimbirra, an Aboriginal word meaning sanctuary, is preserved as a remnant of the original Bargo Bush, once the haunt of bushrangers. The property includes excellent bushwalking tracks, commercial plant nursery, wildlife enclosure, and cabin accommodation.
Incorporating the Dingo Sanctuary, Wirrimbirra is located in a natural setting for the Australian native dog and is a great learning experience.
The Bargo Pheasants Nest & Surrounds Driving Tour Brochure highlights the town’s buildings, events and surrounding areas. The brochure is free and available from the Wollondilly Visitor Information Centre.
Population Bargo (as at Census 2011)- 4130
Population Pheasants Nest (as at Census 2011)- 592
Population Yanderra (as at Census 2011)- 683
Height above sea level: Bargo: 370 metres
Height above sea level: Yanderra: 519 metres