Full of native scenery and wildlife, Bargo carries a rich Indigenous history. The town’s name was coined during the 1800s after botanist George Caley’s Aboriginal guide Mowatiin, who referred to the area as meaning ‘place of cliffs’ or ‘thick shrubs’. It was in both the Bargo and Yanderra areas that the white settlers first recorded sightings of the Koala, Lyrebird and Wombat.
It’s also close to the Wirrimbirra, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘sanctuary’. The preserved area is remnant of the original Bargo Bush. The Bargo Dingo Sanctuary is where you can not only learn about our canine friends, but get close and personal with the Dingos. The sanctuary is surrounded by wood-land style native gardens.
Ex-convict John Wilson noted three animals in his diary describing the lyrebird as a pheasant, hence the name “Pheasants Nest”.
Bushwalking tracks close by to all areas include the Mermaids Pool walk with stunning scenery and excellent barbecue, picnic and playground facilities.
Population Bargo (as at Census 2016)- 4, 393
Population Pheasants Nest (as at Census 2016) – 688
Population Yanderra (as at Census 2016) – 661
Height above sea level: Bargo: 370 metres
Height above sea level: Yanderra: 519 metres