Convoy Lookout

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Convoy Lookout

Convoy Look­out gives breathtak­ing views of King George Sound where ANZAC con­voys gathered before depart­ing for World War 1.

In 1914, the 2 larg­est con­voys of ships taking troops and horses to Europe and Gallipoli gathered in King George Sound, chosen for its large, sheltered harb­our and ex­­ist­ing port facili­ties.

Convoy Look­out is a sheltered and fully acc­ess­ible struct­ure placed at the summit of Mount Adelaide. Inter­pre­t­ive sign­age shows the names, types and positions of the troopships and envoys of each convoy, as well as copies of histori­cal photos, to give a sense of the fleet laid out in the Sound.

Seat­ing and moun­ted binoculars are pro­vided to enhance the view.

Inter­pre­t­ive sign­age ... gives a sense of the fleet laid out in the Sound.

Adjac­ent to the look­out is the 15m flagpole and signal mast. The orig­inal, built as part of Princess Royal Fortress in 1893, was used to signal the 1914 con­voys leav­ing the sound. The signal mast was rebuilt in 1988 to its curr­ent form as part of the Forts Centen­ary restora­tion.

Convoy Look­out was offici­ally opened on November 1, 2014. It is loca­ted inside the grounds of Princess Royal Fortress, adjac­ent the National ANZAC Centre. It can be acc­essed free of charge.

Article updated 02/09/2015.