Coronation View Point

View from Coronation Viewpoint

Coronation Viewpoint is an intimate, grassy lookout area located on a ridge of the Pacific Highway at Greenwich, south of Osborne Road. The viewpoint faces south with extensive views over both the Lane Cove district and the city of Sydney.

In the 1930s, the site was recognised as ‘a wonderful vantage point, offering unsurpassed panoramic views of the Metropolis and the surrounding countryside.’

The name Coronation Viewpoint was given to the site to commemorate the coronation of King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.

During World War II, Lane Cove Council had zigzag air-raid trenches dug in a number of locations. Coronation Viewpoint was one of these public sites. The trenches were for motorists, residents or shoppers who may have been caught outside in the unlikely event of an air-raid.

In 1965, Coronation Viewpoint Park was awarded ‘highly commended’ in The Sydney Morning Herald Garden Competition for the small public park category. In addition, the Rotary Club of Lane Cove proposed a plan for the beautification of Coronation Viewpoint as its annual Community Service Project in 1967. The plan included making a focal point for the park which included a fountain. The final design was a combination of sculpture and water, with a ‘flame’ of bronze to give it height and substance.

The sculpture was designed by Otto Steen and named the Rotary International Fountain. The overall project was overseen by Loyal G. Figgis of Figgis & Jefferson Architects and was completed in 1968, with the official opening and unveiling by Mayor Archibald W. Mackinnon on 9 July 1968.


300-310 Pacific Highway, Greenwich 2065  View Map

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