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.
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