HMAS Sydney II 75th Anniversary Commemorative Service

The HMAS Sydney II 75th Anniversary Commemorative service is dedicated to honouring the 645 lives that were lost with the HMAS Sydney II on 19 November, 1941.

Location

The service will take place at the HMAS Sydney Memorial Grounds, Gummer Avenue, Geraldton.

Running times

The service will start at 5pm. To ensure a quiet and reflective service, please allow plenty of time to arrive.

Getting there

Access to the service will be via shuttle bus or on foot, as roads surrounding the HMAS Sydney Memorial will be closed off to vehicles.

Free shuttle bus service

A free shuttle bus service will be operating along three routes during select times during the commemorative service.

All buses are wheelchair accessible.

Geraldton CBD Shuttle Bus

The CBD shuttle bus service will run from 3.30pm - 4.30pm and 7.00pm - 8.00pm. It will be stopping at the following pickup and drop off points: 

  • Mantra Geraldton
  • Lot 601 Foreshore Drive
  • Ocean Centre Hotel
  • Geraldton Visitor Centre
  • Parking Station 5 (Sanford St)
  • HMAS Sydney II Memorial

Southern Shuttle Bus

The Southern shuttle bus will run from 3.30pm - 4.30pm and 7.00pm - 8.00pm. It will be stopping at the following pickup and drop off points: 

  • African Reef Resort
  • Ibis Styles Geraldton
  • Abrolhos Reef Resort
  • Geraldton Motor Inn
  • Ocean View Villas
  • Best Western Hospitality Inn
  • Belair Gardens Caravan Park
  • HMAS Sydney II Memorial

Chapman Road Shuttle Bus

The Chapman Road shuttle bus will run from 3.30pm - 4.30pm and 7.00pm - 8.00pm. It will be stopping at the following pickup and drop off points:  

  • Drummond Cove Holiday Park
  • Batavia Coast Caravan Park
  • Wintersun Hotel/Motel
  • Broadwater Mariner Resort
  • HMAS Sydney II Memorial

Click here to download a copy of the Shuttle Bus Service Map.

Recommended parking

Access to the HMAS Sydney Memorial car park will be unavailable from 2pm onwards. It is recommended that those driving their own vehicles consider parking them at one of the locations below: 

  • QEII Seniors and Community Centre
  • Sandford Street (City of Greater Geraldton)
  • Foreshore Drive (City of Greater Geraldton)
  • Bill Sewell Car Park
  • Cnr. Foreshore Drive and Forrest Street (Behind the Old Train Station)
  • RSL Birdwood House (Chapman Road for those with wheelchairs)

Road Closures

Vehicle access to Gummer Avenue will be closed to the public from 2.00pm until 8.00pm.

Accommodation

There is a great variety of accommodation available throughout Geraldton that will suit any budget.

For accurate, up to date information on availability, pricing and more, contact the Geraldton Visitor Centre on 1800 847 484 or email info@visitgeraldton.com.au.

Guided Tours

Geraldton Voluntary Tour Guides will be offering complimentary guided tours of the HMAS Sydney Memorial on the following dates:

Date: Tour Times:
Friday 18 November 10.30am 11.30am 4.00pm 5.00pm
Saturday 19 November 9.30am 10.30am -- --
Sunday 20 November 9.30am 10.30am -- --

Western Australian Museum - Geraldton

The Western Australian Museum are developing a HMAS Sydney II and Kormoran experience at the Geraldton site and will publish a special commemorative book featuring images from the most recent expedition to the wreck sites.

Families and friends who are visiting Geraldton during the anniversary are also being invited to share their stories and bring with them any memorabilia related to their crewman, which the Museum will document and record.

Click here to read more about the Western Australian Museum's Sydney Kormoran experience.

Click here to visit the Recollecting Sydney (II) and Kormoran event listing

Florists

Geraldton Floral Studio - (08) 9921 5400

At the Flowerpot - (08) 9964 2211

Flash Flowers - (08) 9964 5556

Learn more about HMAS Sydney II

If you would like to know more about HMAS Sydney II, the following websites provide a great variety of information:

HMAS Sydney II Memorial Geraldton

Western Australian Museum

Australian War Memorial

Finding Sydney

Reservations

Click here to complete a seating reservation form

Click here to register your wreath