Eyre Bird Observatory, Cocklebiddy

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#4 of 8 in Childrens Museums in Western Australia
In 1977 BirdLife Australia established the Eyre Bird Observatory, a remote research station, to collect information about birds and wildlife. The Observatory gets its name from explorer John Eyre, who passed through the area on his east-west journey of 1841, and it is the most isolated research facility in Australia. Cocklebiddy Roadhouse, 50 km northwest on the Eyre Highway, is our nearest neighbour.

The narrow, sandy track in to the observatory is accessible only by 4WD, and caravans and trailers will find it impassible. For the intrepid however, the observatory welcomes overnight guests and day visitors to come and see the profusion of birdlife amidst our beautiful landscape. The Observatory accommodates up to eight overnight guests, but advance bookings are essential.

Accommodation in the historic Old Telegraph Building is basic with shared bathroom and toilet facilities. There are three bedrooms, one with a double bed and bunks, one with a double bed and two singles, and one with two singles and bunks.

As well as being open to guests and visitors, Eyre is a functioning bird observatory and weather station. The observatory hosts courses year round on a variety of topics. See the website for details.
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  • Traveling from Melbourne to Bunbury wa, thought it might be interesting to stay overnight at the Eyre Bird Observatory. It was. This is one of the original telegraph stations built to convey informati...  more »
  • The 30k (?) road into this very lovely remote spot is hair-raising. The road is rocky to the escarpment, very steep down it and then there are several steep sand dunes to negotiate, and it’s narrow an...  more »
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  • I've had the pleasure of staying at Eyre Bird Observatory on three occasions and it is still my favourite place I have ever had the pleasure and fortune to visit. So isolated and remote, with a serene landscape and incredible history, not to mention incredible bird, reptile and mammal fauna. Can't wait to return!!
  • This historic place is a wonderful testament to the work of volunteers. Very much off the beaten track it's well worth the drive off the Eyre Highway but you must have a competent four wheel drive. The old telegraph station has a wonderful vibe, and is perfect for children to learn about WA history, wildlife and preserving the environment. Highly recommended.

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