The wonderful HIRL parklands and Bandicoot enclosure can be accessed at any time by following the walking track via HIRL. Just continue past the HIRL Offices and follow the track, or walk around the HIRL building and follow the Cyril Lampard Walk near the Northern end of the Buildings.
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) is a small (rabbit sized) marsupial with a long pointed nose. Its colour varies from yellowish-brown above to grey underneath and a light colour on upper side of tail. The most distinguishing feature is the three or four pale bars on the hindquarters.
Formerly widespread throughout western Victoria, the population in Victoria is estimated to be as low as 150 animals. It is confined to only a handful of locations, and is now one of Victoria’s most endangered species and considered extinct in Victoria’s wild. The only wild population is at HIRL in Hamilton and at four re-introduced sites.
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is synonymous with HIRL evident through our magnificent Bandicoot Mural and Bandicoot Function Room.
HIRL is the gateway to the Bandicoot Enclosure and we are proud to be associated with thee Bandicoot Recovery Project.
We welcome all visitors of all ages to HIRL to enjoy our gardens, the iconic Bandicoot Mural, the Children's Garden. not forgetting Spoonville on their way to our Indigenous Food Gardens and the Bandicoot Enclosure. Please note - NO dogs are allowed in the Bandicoot Enclosure.
We are proud that part of the following video was filmed on our grounds.
A children's "Walk Through" garden has been opened at HIRL. This garden has been developed to provide children with a lovely sensory experience, providing them with an awareness of the joy of native plants, with designed paths and walking stones and logs meandering throughout. Children have been involved in the painting of the unique walking stones.
Designed specifically for children, complete with garden dragon and giant red toadstool!!, well worth visiting, the children will enjoy