We make a habit of picking up all of the tourist brochures whenever we can, and our kids have started flicking through them as well. Oliver picked up the Adelaide Hills one and found a photo of someone holding a Koala, and from then on was asking to go to the Urimbirra Wildlife Park in Victor Harbor.
Seeing as we were spending 9 odd days in Victor Harbor over Christmas and New Years, we figured it was the perfect opportunity to check it out, and so we headed a few kilometres from our base on a Friday morning before new years. We also did the Victor Harbor Steam Train, and headed over to Granite Island.
Where is the Urimbirra Wildlife Park?
You’ll find this Wildlife Park right next to the big roundabout that you go through to get into Victor Harbor. From the centre of Victor Harbor, its a 5 minute drive out, and there’s plenty of parking available.
What animals do they have there?
There’s quite a variety of animals at Urimbirra. The Koalas and Kangaroos are well known (Oliver saw someone patting a Koala here in a brochure and was super keen to visit), and you’ll see quite a few. The kids love feeding the Kangaroo’s and there are lots about.
There’s a big range of birds and reptiles, with some Emu’s, wombats, dingoes, turtles and farm animals.
What’s it like?
We’ve been to a huge number of wildlife parks in our travels, and usually enjoy them. As usual, I had no idea what to expect pulling into the Urimbirra Wildlife Park, but we really enjoyed it.
There’s plenty of room to make your way around, lots of flexibility in what animals you go to and lots of decent interaction for the kids with the animals where possible.
You’ll walk along a grassy section with a huge number of kangaroos roaming free, and you can feed them with the pellets as much as you want. If some aren’t hungry, you’ll find more further along, so don’t stress.
How much does the Urimbirra Wildlife Park cost?
We paid $35 to get into here, for two adults and one child (Cooper was free as he’s still under 4). We thought that was really decent value, and that was part of the reason we agreed so easily to go. We’d considered going to the Barn in Hahndorf with the kids as well, but at nearly $80 for a similar (maybe not even as good?!) experience it just didn’t seem to make sense.
Would we recommend it?
I thought the Urimbirra Wildlife Park was pretty good, and at the price point they’ve chosen, its great value. Our kids had a ball, and loved the little map, and choosing where we’d go next. The park is big enough to explore even when there’s a heap of people, but not so big that you struggle to see everything due to lack of energy.
Overall, we’d certainly recommend it; its a great place, and worthy of a morning or afternoon!