Urimbirra Wildlife Park is located in the Hindmarch Valley just five minutes from Victor Harbor. Urimbirra is privately operated, and opened in 1993. The site has Aboriginal history, and some of the trees show evidence of having been used by Aborigines for bark canoes and shields hundreds of years ago. The name Urimbirra is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘to preserve’.
With over 400 Australian native animals, and over six hectares of wetland bird sanctuary, Urimbirra gives you the chance to see more than 70 species of Australian animals in their natural surroundings. The paths through Urimbirra allow you to see the animals up close as you walk the 16 hectare site.
There is a walk through area where you stroll amongst Kangaroo Island Kangaroos and Eastern Grey Kangaroos. A special viewing area lets you see the wombats in their burrows (they sleep for most of the day). You can see the Koalas and Wombats awake at the feeding sessions at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. Other animals at Urimbirra include Red Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies, Swamp Wallabies, Red-necked Wallabies, Parma Wallabies, Red-bellied Pademelon, Echidna and Dingoes.
Several species of reptiles are on display including Saltwater Crocodile, Freshwater Crocodile, Water Dragon, Black Headed Monitor and Shingleback Lizard, and turtles can be seen in the creek.
The wetland area is home to various water birds including Pelicans, Spoonbill, Heron, Egrets, Ibis, Dusky Moorhen, Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Black Swans and Cape Barren Geese. The Red Gums in the park provide nesting places for parrots, cockatoos, owls, lorikeets and kookaburras. There is also a walk through lorikeet aviary. The park has a few owl species including Tawny Owl, Barn Owl and Boobook Owl.
The Nocturnal House gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia’s nocturnal animals in action including various possums, gliders and small desert animals.
The park has a children’s farmyard with farm animals, chickens, guinea pigs and rabbits.
Night walks through Urimbirra are available through Banksia Adventure Tours. Facilities at the Park include barbecues and picnic areas, and gift shop selling quality souvenirs. The restaurant provides take away food, and also caters for functions.
Urimbirra is located on Adelaide Road 5km from Victor Harbor and is less than an hours drive from Adelaide. The park is open every day from 10am.