The map illustrates Point Cook Homestead, positioned between the the Cheetham wetlands, the Saltwater Estate, and the RAAF base at Point Cook and the Coastal Park. The old bluestone homestead was built in 1857 by the Chirnside brothers as the base of their original pastoral interests, although the earliest building on the site is from 1849. It is set in superb position fronting the beach of the Point Cook Marine Sanctuary. I have tried to give a feeling of something of its history and its unique environment.
The original house was built in 1857 by the Chirnside brothers, as the site of their original pastoral interests. It has a lovely aspect, facing out to sea across the lawn and through the old Norfolk pines. The steady activity of the past has all vanished and nowadays it has a romantic if melancholy aspect. There are four main buildings, the bluestone homestead and a service wing, the weatherboard guest wing and a dairy/meat safe/ rabbiters cottage, which is the earliest building on the site (1849). The Homestead precinct contains introduced species, such as conifers and palms. The conifers were planted in the 19c as wind breaks. Today they give definition to the homestead gardens.
POINT COOK COASTAL SANCTUARY
This beach is a superb spot for some beachcombing, with a wonderful variety of shells and algae. So take your time to explore these intertidal sand banks and the rocky reef. (It can depend on the position of the tide). The park contains the protected Marine Sanctuary
During the summer, visiting migratory birds move between this beach and sand flats, the wetlands and saltmarsh at Point Cook, and the Cheetham Wetlands. Over 250 fauna species have been recorded in the Coastal Park. The endangered Orange-bellied Parrot is known to feed in the saltmarsh at Point Cook. Some of these species are covered by international migratory agreements. Each year the park is visited by thousands of migratory birds which come from as far away as Siberia and Japan.
The Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary
The Sanctuary was created to ensure a representative samples of Victoria’s diverse and distinctive marine environment conserved for the future. It hosts a diversity of marine and coastal life. You may see pods of bottlenose dolphins or a mass of Fiddler rays in summer who congregate here as a breeding ground. There are sea urchins, tufting coralline, many varieties of shells. It’s also good place for diving and snorkelling.