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Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 0.6 km

The Fascine is the unique word for Carnarvon’s waterfront. In 1896 flood waters caused severe damage to Olivia Terrace and a tender was called to build a protective bank. The name ‘Fascine’ is derived from the Latin word “Fascine”, meaning “bundle of sticks bound together”. Bundles of stickers were built up along the foreshore to help prevent erosion during the major river flows. 

The Fascine redevelopment was completed in 2015, the redevelopment included new playground, BBQ facilities and the Walk of Remembrance completed in 2016 in time for the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of the HMAS Sydney II off the WA coastline. The Fascine redevelopment is wide enough to encourage cyclists to enjoy Carnarvon’s magnificent waterfront. The Fascine is a perfect spot to admire some of the best sunsets in Australia. 

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On November 19, 1941, just before 4pm, the crew of HMAS Sydney II spotted what looked like a merchant ship off the coast of Carnarvon. The mystery boat did not identify itself despite requests from the Australian battleship’s captain. Something wasn’t right; ostensibly this was a Dutch merchant ship, but it was actually a German auxiliary cruiser, the HSK Kormoran. Sailing under disguise, its mission was to lay mines in the shipping lane and disrupt merchant ships.

The ensuing battle was brutal and catastrophic for HMAS Sydney II. Just two hours after the Kormoran had been spotted, the Sydney was fatally damaged by sustained firing from Kormoran’s torpedoes and guns and, despite the fact the Australian cruiser far-outflanked the German boat in terms of fire power, HMAS Sydney II sank, taking all 645 men on board later that same night.

The Kormoran, however, was damaged too. Captain Theodore Detmas ordered abandon ship of the 580-strong crew, 318 of whom survived, washed ashore near Quobba Station. Many of the survivors were captured and held in the Carnarvon Jail. The location of the remains of both ships were finally found in 2008.

The names of the Australian crew are etched on a wall along the Fascine, looking seawards near a memorial to HMAS Sydney II and the HSK Kormoran.

The Carnarvon Heritage Precinct is also worth visiting to learn about the early history of the HMAS Sydney. There is a video documentary which plays every hour as well. 

Carnarvon Visitor Centre

(08) 9941 1146

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Parking is located along the Fascine on Olivia Terrace. There is accessabilty from the carpark to the walk trail located along the Fascine for those who require wheelchair access. A ramp is located near the roundabout which is near the HMAS Sydney Memorial Monument. 

  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Shop
  • All accessible toilet facilities
  • Visitor Information Centre

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The HMAS Sydney Walk Trail can be completed all year round.

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