Eyre Bird Observatory could fade into history without a little help 

Young volunteers who can handle solitude are being asked to help preserve a unique 19th century building in Western Australia.

It’s also one of the most isolated bird observatories in the world, located on a remote stretch of the Great Australian Bight.

It is so remote, the location of Eyre Bird Observatory in Western Australia is almost a state secret that could fade into history unless more volunteers step up.

Almost exactly halfway between Esperance and the South Australian border, right on the coast of the Great Australian Bight, Eyre comprises just one building, and a permanent population of two.

Source: Beautiful, secluded Eyre Bird Observatory could fade into history without a little help – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


  1. In 1977 Birds Australia established the Eyre Bird Observatory, a remote research station, to collect information about birds and wildlife.

    Named by explorer John Eyre 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 our nearest neighbour.

    Previously, the Observatory was the first Eyre Telegraph Station, built in 1877, and replaced by the current limestone building in 1897.

    The Observatory features a display commemorating the role the Telegraph Station had in establishing national communications in Australia along with Inter-Colonial Telegraph Line.

    Source: http://www.birdlife.org.au/visit-us/observatories/eyre

  2. The observatory is a lovely old stone building nestled between leafy woodlands and striking white dunes within walking distance of the beach.

    It was built in 1897 to serve as a telegraph station on the Intercolonial Telegraph Line (South Australia to Western Australia).

    It is located near the site where explorer Edward John Eyre found water during his overland journey from Adelaide to Albany in 1841.

    The station was deserted in 1930 and remained so until its restoration in 1977.

    The building incorporates a fine natural history library and a small museum, which provides some history of the Eyre Telegraph Station and the telegraph line.

    It also contains information and displays on the coastal environments, including past activities such as whaling.

    Source: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/eyre-bird-observatory

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