HMAS WATSON BUNKERS AND TUNNELS,
LOCATED AT SOUTH HEAD, SYDNEY, NSW
USED BY THE MILITARY DURING WW2

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There are a number of tunnels and bunkers located beneath HMAS Watson on South Head, Sydney, New South Wales.

The oldest tunnel appears to date from the the 1800's, possibly the Crimean war era when there was a Russian scare. These tunnels were made of brick, later covered with concrete.

At least one of the later bunkers was WWI vintage.  There is a hand painted 1915 with an upwards pointed arrow above it (the defence department symbol). The remaining bunkers are WWII vintage and include observation bunkers cut deep into the cliff face.

Some of the tunnels are apparently readily accessible and often used by winos. Other tunnels are apparently blocked by steel doors. The deeper sections are apparently rather labyrinthine. One of the Observation Posts is apparently particularly well placed for viewing the nearby nudist beach!!

 

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This page first produced 25 January 2003

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