Coolart Homestead (Coolart Historic Area)


Coolart Homestead (Coolart Historic Area)

Coolart Homestead is a magnificent late Victorian mansion situated on the shores of Western Port Bay within the township of Somers. The historic homestead dates from 1895 and features a superb collection of historic photographs and letters you can delve into. Other historic buildings to explore whilst there include the stable, coach house, barracks, meat house and buttery.

A series of walking tracks start at the Visitor Centre, allowing you to explore coastal woodlands, wetland areas, lagoons and the formal gardens which surround the homestead. Coolart is a wonderful place for bird-watching and its diversity of habitats means that you might see over 60 species in one day. The mammals at Coolart are mostly nocturnal and usually only become active at night, however if you look carefully you may be lucky enough to spot a Swamp Rat, Echidna or even a Ring-tail Possum hiding in a tree top drey (nest).

BBQ’s and picnic tables are available here along with flushing toilets. All terrain wheelchairs may be borrowed from the Visitor Centre for people with limited mobility.

Snakes are also another creature that calls this area home, so please stay on the existing paths to avoid any unnecessary encounters.

How to get there

Coolart Homestead (Coolart Historic Area)


BBQ - Electric/Gas
Visitor Centre

Need to know

Coolart Homestead (Coolart Historic Area)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • Restricted opening hours
  • No firearms allowed
  • No generators
  • No fishing
  • No bicycles
  • No horses
  • No dogs allowed
  • No camping
  • No fires permitted


  • Animals and pests
    • Beware European wasps
    • Beware feral bees
    • Snakes
  • Other warnings
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Water hazards
    • Shallow water

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

Coolart Homestead closed for renovations

Coolart Homestead will remain closed for renovations until further notice.  The remainder of the park is still open to visitors.  We apologise for any inconvenience

Coolart BBQs closed until further notice

  • Parks Victoria is carrying out inspections in all of our barbecues in our parks. Following these inspections, some barbecues have been temporarily closed until they can be attended by a licenced contractor. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.
  • Visitor safety is our top priority and we advise people to please not to use any barbecue facilities that have been closed. We expect the impacted barbecues to reopen in the coming weeks. 

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