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Coolart Observatory

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Sweeping views of the wetlands through one way glass windows provide a perfect hideaway for spotting ducks, swans, swamphens, grebes, Marsh Harriers and many other bird species.

An audio-visual presentation - ‘Introducing Coolart’ - is shown in the Wetlands Observatory each day at 1:30 pm or by prior agreement for schools and groups. This covers Coolart’s history, its wildlife and management of the park.

Accessibility Information

The observatory is a large theatre style complex that overlooks the wetlands lakes. A step-free path leads to the observatory. It can be accessed by following the road past the homestead for approximately 80 metres and then doubling back. The maximum slope of this path is 1 in 14.

Coolart Observatory path 

The observatory is entered through a large swing door that opens outward. The door is heavy and the handle is approximately 1.3 metres from the bottom. The handle is a lever that opens by pulling downward. The door is self-closing.

Coolart Observatory entrance

Once inside there is a large entry foyer.

Coolart Observatory entry foyer

The main auditorium section is entered by wide corridors on either side.

Coolart Observatory corridor

Coolart Observatory auditorium

Wheelchair seating is available either side of the front row.

Coolart Observatory auditorium wheelchair seating

The front picture windows have bench seating. There are gaps to accommodate wheelchair users.

Coolart Observatory bench seating

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