Established in 1988 to showcase the important military history of our region.
Step into the past, present and future at Port Kembla Heritage Park. Located adjacent to the Eastern Breakwater of Port Kembla Outer Harbour, the heritage park precinct has been and remains an observer of the development of the region from aboriginal times through to the present and into the future. Overlooking the working port of Port Kembla, the park incorporates Maritime, Military and Aboriginal Heritage that all belong on the site.
The Aboriginal Middens on the site are being linked by a new Aboriginal trail connecting them with other important Aboriginal sites nearby. The Breakwater Battery building and gun emplacements represent military heritage and are key structures of the command centre for Fortress Kembla used during World War II. The Pilots and Signal Station represent maritime heritage, with an interpretive exhibit to be completed by mid year.
A self-guided Heritage Trail with explanatory signage is accessible 7 days per week with a brochure guide available from Tourist Centres at Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama, or by contacting us directly. The Military Museum in the Breakwater Battery building is open for inspection on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 10am-2pm. Significant objects in the Museum include a display on the Owen Gun developed by Wollongong resident Evelyn Owen and assembled locally for the Australian Army, two WWII air raid sirens used in Port Kemble, and memorabilia and artefacts from various conflicts from WWI on. Group and guided tours of the site are available by arrangement.