Eyre Bird Observatory

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Eyre Bird Observatory

Eyre Bird Observatory

Eyre Bird Observatory is situated in the wilderness of Nuytsland Nature Reserve, nestled among the mallees (small multi-stemmed gum trees) and sand dunes 50 km from Cocklebiddy Roadhouse (on the Eyre Highway) and one kilometre from the sea to the south. The observatory and its surrounds provide a sense of isolation and adventure and a base from which to relax and watch birds or simply appreciate nature in a wilderness setting. Accommodation is simple and comfortable with a peaceful and timeless atmosphere.

The observatory is located in a lovely old stone building which was built in 1897 as the Eyre Telegraph Station. The telegraph station was closed down in 1927. It remained deserted until 1977 when it was restored by the RAOU (now Birds Australia), with assistance from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Post Office Historical Society, to become Australia's first bird observatory. It is situated near the site where John Eyre, a famous Australian explorer, found water and rested during his overland journey in February 1841.

The observatory relies on rainfall for its water supply and a prototype solar power plant installed by the Solar Energy Research Institute of WA in 1982 for a 24 hour electricity supply.

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