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Published January 5th 2016
"I've never found time spent amongst nature to be a waste of time"
Urimbirra Wildlife Park is an exciting tourist attraction in South Australia. Located in Hindmarsh Valley about 5 minutes from Victor Harbor, you'll be enthralled by a wonderland of Australian native animals and reptiles. If you're looking for something to do these summer holidays, then Urimbirra is a great choice.
As you enter through the shop front, you'll be immersed by traditional souvenirs, indigenous art work, books, and more. You'll be greeted by a caged snake who instantly gets you prepared for what's to come. You can purchase your tickets from the shop, and also collect the pellets to feed the roaming kangaroos.
As you exit the store and head into the wildlife park, you're surrounded by trees, bushes, and a serene environment. I instantly felt at ease as I walked through the park at my own pace listening to the birds chirp away. Urimbirra Wildlife Park isn't extremely large in size, which is great as it won't take up half the day. However it's good to spend a bit of time roaming the park and spending time in nature.
We began our adventure by visiting the koalas, who were in no mood for socialising. They were deep asleep on their branches, however you're allowed to interact with them and pet them. These furry friends were beautiful, calm and a sight to see. Nestled in their sanctuary, they were visible from every angle.
Moving on, the rainbow lorikeets were humorous little creatures, relaxing in their abode. They were chirpy and loud, but gorgeous. You're also allowed to pet these little guys, and if you're lucky enough they will take a stroll onto your shoulder for some love.
The highlight of the day would have to be the kangaroos. I haven't seen any since childhood, so it was an extremely nostalgic experience. They were affectionate, friendly and calm, which is great for children who may feel intimidated by larger animals. They are free to roam the park and you can find them happily hopping about. They feed on the pellets that you're given at the beginning of the trail, but beware, as they can get quite excited over their snacks. Being small myself, I found it difficult to fight them off. Overall, it was a fantastic experience.
As you wander further into the park, you'll find yourself in the reptile sector. These enthralling creatures brought shivers down my spine; with pythons, brown snakes and more venomous, deadly snakes for all you reptile enthusiasts.
Urimbirra Wildlife Park is a must see if you're an avid animal lover who enjoys nature. Amongst all the mammals and reptiles that can be found here, guinea pigs, crocodiles, dingos, wombats, echidnas, and several other native species are home to this enchanting park. Bring along some food and dine under the sheltered area after your adventure. If you're in the mood for more, drive into Victor Harbor and explore Granite Island, grab some fish and chips and simply embrace the time spent with family. Mount Compass is also located nearby, which allows you to pick your own strawberries at Harvest the Fleurieu.