Normally available for Groups (>12) only
Leaving the Visitor
Centre the tour passes through the Northern Gateway of Industry World
travelling down the sea road passing giant stock piles of coal and huge
observation area provides views of the inner harbour and raw materials
berths, the industries and out to the Five Islands. Several times a day
giant bulk carriers will pass within 30m of this point.
The coach returns past
the Port Kembla Coal Terminal observing the ship loading facilities and
the "balloon loop" - the
rail receival facility for coal that unloads with the train still moving.
The massive Grain
Terminal comes into view. The 25 storey structure dominates the skyline.
The 30 massive storage bins have a storage capacity of 260,000 tonnes. The
tour takes in the grain berth.
The tour makes its way on
past the Inner Harbour casting basin where the
Through the BlueScope
Steel Northgate past the Visitor Centre, the tour enters the Port Kembla
Steelworks plant proper. The tremendous environmental advances made by the
steelworks over the last decade are evident in the gardens and the plant
itself. Visitors learn of the enormous site improvement and recycling
programs and the many ingenuous developments that have been put in place
to deliver environmental improvements.
The tour makes its way
between giant buildings, past finished steel product, alongside massive
raw materials stockpiles and between the immense blast furnaces. Molten
iron can normally be seen being tapped from the Blast Furnaces. Giant
vehicles share the roads with the coach.
The tour sees the No.6
Blast Furnace commissioned in 1996 at a cost of $460 million. It is the
jewel in the crown of Port Kembla iron production.
Leaving the Steelworks
the coach makes its way to the southern inner harbour vantage point,
Portside Park. The visitors take in the amazing sight of the Coal and
Grain Terminals from the other side of the harbour.
The Gabriella Memorial is
featured in the park as a memorial to those who lost their lives in a ship
capsize in the harbour.
Passing the Orica Plant
the tour heads for the Breakwater Battery
Precinct. The tour group
can stroll past an original steam crane used in the production of the
breakwater (now of state and national heritage significance) and inspect
remnants of coastal wartime defences installed to protect the harbour
during World War II.
Also within the Precinct
is the option of the Port Kembla Heritage Park. Visitors also see the new
harbour Pilots Station and get a close up look at the outer breakwater.
This is an area of
significance in local Koori history. Remnant midden sites are present
along the beaches right up to Boiler Point and Hill 60.
A brief stop at MM Kembla
traces the history of Copper products and the importance MM played in the
development of Australia. (it is also around this area that the first
Europeans to land on the Illawarra Coast, Bass & Flinders 1796, were
helped by local Aboriginals.)
Onto the Hill 60 Lookout
and "Red Point" named by Captain Cook in April 1770, for
magnificent views up and down the coast, to the escarpment and Lake
Illawarra. Learn about the maze of tunnels in Hill 60 built as a defence
during the Second World War and even see hang gliders launch themselves
from the peak when conditions permit.
The coach passes the 200m
tall Port Kembla Copper stack before taking