Signal Hill Reserve

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COVID safety

Our beaches, harbourside pools and parks are open.

To provide increased evening exercise opportunities for our residents, sports lighting is currently activated from 5-8.30pm Monday to Friday at all of our sportsgrounds: Andrew Petrie Oval and Woollahra Oval 2 and 3 (Woollahra), Christison Park (Vaucluse), Trumper Oval (Paddington) and Lyne Park (Rose Bay).

A NSW public health order limits outdoor exercise and public gatherings to two people (excluding members of the same household). Stay local.
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Please maintain good hygiene and social distancing when using our fitness equipment and playgrounds.

We hope you enjoy our outdoor places and spaces.

Signal Hill Reserve

This small reserve offers spectacular views out to the ocean. The coastal walk passes through the park from Lighthouse Reserve to Gap Park.

Getting here

Old South Head Road, Vaucluse

Pedestrian access from Old South Head Road

Facilities

  • Picnic table
  • Park benches
  • Historic fortifications

Dogs

Dogs permitted on leash at all times

History

Signal Hill

The fortifications there were originally built to accommodate a 9.2 inch breech loading disappearing gun' as part of Sydney's coastal defence - two others were installed, one at Bondi North (still in position but buried) and the other at Clovelly. It was housed in the centre of the group and had a steel canopy with a slot through which the barrel protruded in the firing position. It was hydraulically jacked-up to the firing position with the recoil pushing it down under the canopy for reloading.

The gun was commissioned in 1893, the last firing there was in 1933 and it was removed in 1937 and replaced by two 6 inch MK 11 guns placed in each of the outer pits - these were removed after World War II. The barrel of the 9.2 inch disappearing gun can be seen at the Artillery Museum at North Head. A memorial was placed there in November, 1992 by the Royal Australian Signal Corps Association on behalf of its members while two plaques were also placed on March 30, 1993 placing the Reserve in proper historical perspective.