Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon
Trails WA supports the seven principles recommended by Leave No Trace Australia for minimising your impacts when using the trails.Learn more
About Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon
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.
Be trail ready for Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
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.
- Car Park
- Dog Friendly
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- All accessible toilet facilities
- Visitor Information Centre
Best time of year
The HMAS Sydney Walk Trail can be completed all year round.
Complete Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon to earn badges and points!
Earn points and badges and become a "TrailsWA Expert" by completing trails and leaving reviews.
Earn 1 point towards
your TrailsWA level
Be the first to review Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon
We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.
Add your review of Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon
Like this trail? Explore others nearbyMore around Coral Coast
Supported by great organisations
Trails are free and bring so many benefits to our community by providing opportunities to have fun, get fit, socialise, explore and challenge yourself. But they also have to be managed and maintained which only is made possible through terrific sponsors, donations and/or volunteering.
HMAS Sydney Memorial
HMAS Sydney Walk of Remembrance
View 2 Photos of Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon
Upload your photo of Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon
Report a Problem
You are reporting a problem for Walk Of Remembrance for the HMAS Sydney, Carnarvon. Please be as detailed as possible to help us appropriately identify and address the issue.