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Hello Harbour Trust

Wish you could awaken history and speak directly to iconic landmarks on Sydney Harbour about their incredible stories?

Now you can! Introducing Hello Harbour Trust – an exciting initiative aimed at making the layered stories of our heritage destinations more accessible. When you next visit Cockatoo Island / Wareamah, Headland Park, Macquarie Lightstation, North Head Sanctuary, Sub Base Platypus, or Woolwich Dock and Parklands, look out for the colourful “Hello” signs inviting you to ‘talk’ with select landmarks, objects and structures. 

To start a conversation, simply scan the QR code on any of our “Hello” signs and you’ll commence a lively and informative text message exchange. As you speak with objects, landmarks, and structures from different eras, you’ll learn about their place in Australia’s First Nations, convict, defence and colonial narratives. Plus, you’ll receive helpful visitor tips and be given opportunities to have your say on important matters and provide feedback on your experience.

So, what are you waiting for? Join the conversation!

How it works

Eager to start a conversation? Anyone can speak to our talking objects – all you need is a mobile phone!

To join the conversation, simply follow these steps:

  1. Look out for our distinctive Hello Harbour Trust signs Cockatoo Island, Headland Park, Macquarie Lightstation, North Head Sanctuary, Sub Base Platypus, and Woolwich Dock and Parklands.

  2. Scan the QR code on the sign or text the advertised phone number.

  3. Answer the object’s questions, provide your feedback, and get to know each other.

  4. Once you’ve wrapped up your conversation, look out for other signs to awaken another object. 

To bring this exciting initiative to life, the Harbour Trust has partnered with smart city platform Hello Lamp Post.

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Where to go

Want to speak to all of the objects across our six destinations? Discover where they are and join the conversation…

Cockatoo Island / Wareamah

Cockatoo Island / Wareamah is a former convict penal establishment and naval shipyard, located in the heart of Sydney Harbour. Want to learn more? Look out for the turquoise "Hello" signs to engage in a fun, informative and interactive conversation with landmarks from the island's convict and maritime eras. 

Headland Park

Located on the Mosman peninsula, Headland Park is the homeland of the Borogegal People and was formerly the site of six Defence bases. Look out for the clay-red "Hello" signs and discover the fascinating stories of conversational landmarks and objects across three distinct precincts – Georges Heights, Middle Head / Gubbuh Gubbuh and Chowder Bay. 

Macquarie Lightstation

Located along the scenic Federation Cliff Walk at Vaucluse in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, Macquarie Lightstation is the site of Australia’s first lighthouse. Keep your eyes peeled for the light blue "Hello" signs and talk with two objects – the lighthouse itself and a nearby heritage wall – to dive into the history of this iconic location.

North Head Sanctuary

A nature refuge, bordered by dramatic cliffs, North Head Sanctuary in Manly is located at the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour. Look out for our green "Hello" signs to speak with conversational objects, including military landmarks and a heritage cemetery with a breathtaking vista.   

Sub Base Platypus

Formerly a torpedo factory, submarine base and gasworks, Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney is a waterfront parkland and community hub where visitors can chat with historic buildings, periscopes and more. To start a conversation, keep your eyes peeled for the red "Hello" signs. 

Woolwich Dock and Parklands

Located on the Sydney Harbour foreshore at Hunters Hill, Woolwich Dock and Parklands is a maritime precinct steeped in history. Want to learn more? Keep your eyes peeled for the aqua and off-white "Hello" signs to interact with two landmarks; namely, a historic graving dock and a nearby parkland. 

Helpful links

Want to learn more about each of our Hello Harbour Trust sites or looking for fun ways to engage with our heritage destinations online? Try these useful links...