West Head Interpretive Panels

Whilst West Head Lookout is known for beautiful sweeping views to the north, it was once used by the army to defend Sydney from foreign invasion via Broken Bay.

West Head historic signage

Date: October 2014
Service: Design, photo editing and enhancement, mapping and illustration rendering
Specs: 2 signs, 1000mm wide x 600mm high
Client: NPWS Community Partnerships Office


In conjunction with stakeholders from the West Head Awareness Team (WHAT) and NPWS we created two interpretive signs on the WW2 battery and fortifications. A key member of the WHAT team is war veteran Jack “Bluey” Mercer, who helped construct the Forts in 1942 and celebrated both his 18th and 90th birthday (in 2013) at the lookout.

West Head Fortifications historic signage

West Head Battery

The battery was built during WW2 and comprised two, 4.7 inch ex-naval guns, an observation post, ammunition storage and two searchlight posts. The site was very important to protect the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge and to prevent raiding parties entering Pittwater and Cowan Creek.

West Head historic signage

Interpretive Panels – design considerations

  • On older style grunge font, reminiscent of the era was used for the headings
  • A colour scheme of grey and turquoise was chosen to reflect the war theme, in a setting by ocean

Categories:   Historical & Heritage