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 kilometres northwest on the Eyre Highway, is their nearest neighbour.
The narrow, sandy track into the observatory is accessible only by four-wheel drive, 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 the beautiful landscape.
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.