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.