Coolart Wetlands and Homestead is a heritage estate located in Somers, on the magnificent Mornington Peninsula. Coolart is an 87-ha estate. It is home to late 19th century historical buildings, beautiful expansive gardens, and coastal wetlands.
Coolart Wetlands & Homestead is a wonderful outing for all the family! Nature lovers and bird watchers are sure to enjoy all that Coolart has to offer. Remember to pack a picnic and enjoy the peaceful and pretty surroundings of the gardens.
Coolart lands were originally inhabited by the Bunurong people, and the name Coolart derives from the Bunurong name for nearby Sandy Point – Colourt.
Coolart was first used as grazing land in 1840. The last private owners of the estate wished the estate to be shared by the people of Victoria. As a result, in 1977, the Luxton family sold part of Coolart to the Victorian State Government. It is now under the stewardship of Parks Victoria. The building is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and it boasts characteristics of the Second Empire architectural style.
The Coolart Estate was a working property until the 1970s. It is now open to the public to enjoy. Visitors love to wander the grounds and enjoy the many historical buildings. Discover the Homestead, a Victorian mansion, and outbuildings. Wind your way around the paths. You will find stables, shearing sheds, the Buttery, and the Barracks.
The Homestead overlooks the formal gardens of Coolart so it is the perfect place for a picnic. Find a spot under the majestic trees and surrounding manicured gardens.
Coolart Wetlands is a popular attraction for bird watchers as nature lovers can see over 125 species of birds. Among the long list, visitors may spot kookaburras, magpies, and many species of ducks. Follow the walking routes and utilise the Hides to view the natural wonders. The Minsmere Hide is a two-level wooden building, with views across the expansive lake. The Wetlands Observatory is another feature that bird watchers are sure to enjoy.
The park gate opens daily at 8am and closes at 5pm. To find out more about this beautiful attraction on the Mornington Peninsula, check out https://www.coolart.org.au/
To find out more, contact us at Nepean Country Club. Hope to see you soon!