Culture and heritage

Maritime heritage

Coastal defences

MAP - NSW maritime heritage sites

Long sea voyages lay between Port Jackson and England. In the event of a sudden naval threat, the colony could not send a message and wait for a reply. It had to develop local defences.

The first defences guarded against surprise attack from European countries. These were countries that were competing with England to set up new colonies or who were at war with England. Guns offloaded from the First Fleet ships were used to provide artillery protection.

Today there are many reminders of coastal defences. These include gun batteries, magazines, accommodation areas, tunnels, lookout posts and underwater defences.

They are an important record of Australian defence history and outlook. They were placed to provide commanding views for defence. They now provide commanding views for the visitor.

Page last updated: 31 August 2012