Culture and heritage

Maritime heritage

Signs and trails - Illawarra

Queen of Nations, Corrimal Beach

The timber clipper ship Queen of Nations wrecked in the surf zone of Corrimal Beach, near Wollongong, in 1881. The Heritage Office undertook the initial archaeological surveys of the historic wreck site in 1992 and developed an interpretative sign for the wreck with the assistance of Wollongong City Council and the Illawarra Historical Society.

Located on Towradgi Point, the interpretative sign is accessible by road from Caldwell Street off the Princes Highway. The plinth is situated in the grassed area adjacent to the terminus of the street, looking out at Corrimal Beach.

Jervis Bay shipwreck signs, Booderee National Park

Information signs established by the National Parks Service record the loss of a range of vessels in Wreck Bay, south of Jervis Bay. The signage has been established at the ruinous Cape St George Lighthouse within the Commonwealth Booderee National Park. Important local shipwreck sites include the convict ship Hive (1835), the Summer Cloud (1870) and Walter Hood (1870). Access is by Jervis Bay Road from the Princes Highway, then Wreck Bay Road. A walking track extends from the car park to the historic lighthouse remains. An entry fee is payable for access to the Park.

Cities Service Boston, Bass Point

The marker to the wreck of the Cities Service Boston is located at Bass Point, at the end of Bass Point Tourist Road, from the Shellharbour town centre.

Walter Hood, Bendalong

At Cudmirrah Nature Reserve near Bendalong, lies a stone memorial just inshore from Monument Beach. The memorial marks the loss of the clipper Walter Hood there in 1870, and serves as a marker of the grave of those drowned. In total, eleven lost their life when the timber full-rigged sailing ship crashed ashore on 26 April 1870. A grave and later memorial for the bodies recovered from the wreck was established on the adjacent beach.

The Walter Hood Monument Walking Trail to Monument Beach, in the Cudmirrah Nature Reserve, lies within the Conjola State Forrest. Access to the memorial cairn is via Bangalay Road, Bendalong, while you can access the beach and cairn from North Bendalong or the southern side of Berrara Lagoon.

Page last updated: 31 August 2012