Eyre Bird Observatory is a research station in remote southern Western Australia (WA), open to overnight guests and day visitors.
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. It is the most isolated research facility in Australia. Cocklebiddy Roadhouse, 50 km northwest on the Eyre Highway, is the nearest neighbour.
The narrow, sandy track into the observatory is accessible only by 4WD, and caravans and trailers will find it impassable. For the intrepid, however, the observatory welcomes overnight guests and day visitors to come and see the abundance of bird life amidst the beautiful landscape. The Observatory accommodates up to eight overnight guests, but advanced 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.