Eyre Bird Observatory to Madura

Eyre Bird Observatory to Madura

Australia's south is fast becoming one of my favourite places. We had an unforgettable trip hugging the Great Australian Bight and this short diversion was an unexpected delight.

Cocklebiddy Cave Nullarbor Plain Western Australia

After absorbing some of the incredible cave diving history at Cocklebiddy Cave we joined the Eyre Highway once more, eyes peeled for the turn to Eyre Bird Observatory just east of Cocklebiddy.

Cocklebiddy Cave Nullarbor Plain Western Australia

Our trip into Eyre Bird Observatory was on assignment for Hema Maps. We were taking photos and notes to freshen up Track 57 of their ever popular 4WD Adventures title, as well as creating a photo geotagged digital track.

Eyre Bird Observatory to Madura Nullarbor Plain Western Australia

As one of Australia's most remote research centres Eyre Bird Observatory is absolutely worth the visit. It's an accessible return journey from the highway and most 4x4s will have no problems at all.

While there's no camping it's possible to stay as a guest of the observatory - it would be an incredible place to spend a couple of nights.

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The Eyre Bird Observatory lies behind beside the Southern Ocean. Surrounded by nobody and nothing it's an incredible place to be. The building is one of the original telegraph stations, and in 1977 the observatory was established by the organisation that's now known as Birds Australia.

Eyre Bird Observatory to Madura Nullarbor Plain Western Australia
Eyre Bird Observatory to Madura Nullarbor Plain Western Australia

Our visit was in April last year and the Nuytsland Nature Reserve was recovering from fire, we believe there were more fires later in the year too. 

Eyre Bird Observatory to Madura Nullarbor Plain Western Australia
Eyre Bird Observatory to Madura Nullarbor Plain Western Australia

We'd intended to return directly to the highway but noticed a track on our GPS running east, parallel to the Eyre Highway but below the cliff line.

Curiosity won - as it often does - and what a stunning drive we stumbled upon.

Eyre Bird Observatory to Madura Nullarbor Plain Western Australia

Aside from the Burnabbie ruins and the two rutted wheel tracks we were following we saw nobody and barely no signs of humans existence at all.

Eyre Bird Observatory to Madura Nullarbor Plain Western Australia
Eyre Bird Observatory to Madura Nullarbor Plain Western Australia
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Elevated and tucked up beside the cliffs we unrolled our swags. Kicking back we basked in the view along the ridge and out across the plain. 

Eyre Bird Observatory to Madura Nullarbor Plain Western Australia

It's hard to top these serendipitous gems.

Overloaded? It might be time to tow

Overloaded? It might be time to tow

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