Gaol Point Lookout

Engagement on this project has now concluded. Stay tuned for updates about outcomes.

April 2016 Update:

The Port Macquarie Lions Club and Tacking Point Lions Club have been working over the past couple of months to complete the centre island at Rotary Park

New signage which includes a map of the old town layout and a sandstone wall capture some of Port Macquarie heritage.

New footpaths, viewing area and balustrade are also about to be constructed along with a refurbished viewline sign to show people the names of the mountains and points, such as Point Plomer.

In celebration of a 100 years of Lions Club Interanational, the Lions Club have sponsored a large granite toposcope to be installed into the pavement to show the compass points and direction of a number of major places around the world.

Have a look at the final design Rotary Park or to experience the scenery and history, make some time to visit the site. Don't forget to bring your camera.

This project has been a joint partnership between the Lions Clubs and Council.

For more information contact: Landscape Architect Rebecca Doblo on (02) 6581 8111 or email rebecca.doblo@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

April 2016 Update:

The Port Macquarie Lions Club and Tacking Point Lions Club have been working over the past couple of months to complete the centre island at Rotary Park

New signage which includes a map of the old town layout and a sandstone wall capture some of Port Macquarie heritage.

New footpaths, viewing area and balustrade are also about to be constructed along with a refurbished viewline sign to show people the names of the mountains and points, such as Point Plomer.

In celebration of a 100 years of Lions Club Interanational, the Lions Club have sponsored a large granite toposcope to be installed into the pavement to show the compass points and direction of a number of major places around the world.

Have a look at the final design Rotary Park or to experience the scenery and history, make some time to visit the site. Don't forget to bring your camera.

This project has been a joint partnership between the Lions Clubs and Council.

For more information contact: Landscape Architect Rebecca Doblo on (02) 6581 8111 or email rebecca.doblo@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

Engagement on this project has now concluded. Stay tuned for updates about outcomes.
  • Background

    over 3 years ago
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    In early 2013 a shelter at the Gaol Point Lookout, Port Macquarie was removed from the site due to structural concerns.

    Council has since worked with the Lions Clubs of Port Macquarie and Tacking Point to develop a series of concept design plans for the site and to improve this popular park.

    These plans look at the site as a whole (not only the area where the shelter was formerly located).

    The Gaol Point Lookout concept plan is generally consistent with the Port Macquarie Foreshore Masterplan which was adopted by Council on 21 January 2009 following an extensive community engagement process.


    In early 2013 a shelter at the Gaol Point Lookout, Port Macquarie was removed from the site due to structural concerns.

    Council has since worked with the Lions Clubs of Port Macquarie and Tacking Point to develop a series of concept design plans for the site and to improve this popular park.

    These plans look at the site as a whole (not only the area where the shelter was formerly located).

    The Gaol Point Lookout concept plan is generally consistent with the Port Macquarie Foreshore Masterplan which was adopted by Council on 21 January 2009 following an extensive community engagement process.


  • Onsite Engagement

    about 5 years ago
    Lions sausage sizzle

    If you would like to have a look at the designs for this park and a chance to speak to the Landscape Architect in person, then come along to an onsite engagement anytime between 11.00am and 2.00pm on Thursday 7th August. This session will take place at the Gaol Point Lookout.

    The Port Macquarie and Tacking Point Lion's Clubs have a special connection to this space and have been working with Council around improving the park into the future. The Tacking Point Lion's club will also be on site on the day and in true Lions's Club fashion will be hosting a sausage sizzle with all proceeds going towards future work on the site.

    For more information contact Landscape Architect, Rebecca Doblo on (02) 6581 8111





    If you would like to have a look at the designs for this park and a chance to speak to the Landscape Architect in person, then come along to an onsite engagement anytime between 11.00am and 2.00pm on Thursday 7th August. This session will take place at the Gaol Point Lookout.

    The Port Macquarie and Tacking Point Lion's Clubs have a special connection to this space and have been working with Council around improving the park into the future. The Tacking Point Lion's club will also be on site on the day and in true Lions's Club fashion will be hosting a sausage sizzle with all proceeds going towards future work on the site.

    For more information contact Landscape Architect, Rebecca Doblo on (02) 6581 8111





  • What are the differences in the proposed designs?

    about 5 years ago
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    Option 1 - Major works provides:

    • an interpretative history path that allows for local artists to interpret the story of Port Macquarie in the footpath through inserts, mosaics, colour and sandblasting
    • the interpretation path leads to a lookout area created with decking where there is signage about the view line and balustrading as required by Australian Standards
    • native vegetation regeneration
    • path linkages to the lookout from existing paths along Stewart Street
    • path linkages to the existing steps to Town Beach east of the lookout
    • additional steps to Town Beach west of the lookout
    • new garden beds within the car park and the central island
    • an area in the central island that will contain full interpretation of the cannon, historic town layout, gaol and the Lions Club
    • renovated Lions Park wall with new garden bed
    • line marking to the car park with disabled parking

    Option 2 - Major works with shelter provides:

    • all items in option 1 plus shelter

    Option 3 - Minimal works provides:

    • simple concrete path to the lookout
    • lookout includes interpretation and balustrading as required by Australian Standards
    • native vegetation regeneration
    • minimal garden beds
    • path linkages to the lookout from existing paths along Stewart Street
    • path linkages to the existing steps to Town Beach east of the lookout
    • renovated Lions Park wall with new garden bed
    • line marking to the car park with disabled parking

    Option 4 - Minimal works with shelter provides:

    • all items in option 3 plus shelter

    Option 5 - No works provides:

    • no alteration to the existing conditions

    Option 6 - No works with shelter provides:

    • the addition of a shelter to existing conditions





    Option 1 - Major works provides:

    • an interpretative history path that allows for local artists to interpret the story of Port Macquarie in the footpath through inserts, mosaics, colour and sandblasting
    • the interpretation path leads to a lookout area created with decking where there is signage about the view line and balustrading as required by Australian Standards
    • native vegetation regeneration
    • path linkages to the lookout from existing paths along Stewart Street
    • path linkages to the existing steps to Town Beach east of the lookout
    • additional steps to Town Beach west of the lookout
    • new garden beds within the car park and the central island
    • an area in the central island that will contain full interpretation of the cannon, historic town layout, gaol and the Lions Club
    • renovated Lions Park wall with new garden bed
    • line marking to the car park with disabled parking

    Option 2 - Major works with shelter provides:

    • all items in option 1 plus shelter

    Option 3 - Minimal works provides:

    • simple concrete path to the lookout
    • lookout includes interpretation and balustrading as required by Australian Standards
    • native vegetation regeneration
    • minimal garden beds
    • path linkages to the lookout from existing paths along Stewart Street
    • path linkages to the existing steps to Town Beach east of the lookout
    • renovated Lions Park wall with new garden bed
    • line marking to the car park with disabled parking

    Option 4 - Minimal works with shelter provides:

    • all items in option 3 plus shelter

    Option 5 - No works provides:

    • no alteration to the existing conditions

    Option 6 - No works with shelter provides:

    • the addition of a shelter to existing conditions





  • Project Background

    about 4 years ago
    CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded
    Gaol point community engagement 07082014

    The Port Macquarie Lions Club have had a long association with Gaol Point Lookout. Following the removal of the shelter from the site in January 2013, the club has been advocating for its replacement.

    Gaol Point/Lions Lookout is an iconic lookout within our local government area and on this basis it has been acknowledged that it is important that whatever works may be undertaken within the reserve be aesthetically pleasing and do not negatively impact on the vista provided at the site.

    An initial concept plan was developed for the site by Council’s Landscape Architect which presented several options for a replacement shelter. The initial concept was presented to Council in December 2013 with a resolution to engage with the three Lions Clubs in Port Macquarie to further develop the concept plan for the site. 

    In February this year, Council staff and Lions Clubs representatives came together for a design workshop to discuss the site and preferred options with the draft concept plan developed following this workshop. 

    This draft concept plan is now on public exhibition for broader community feedback on the proposed design for this iconic site.

    At the end of the exhibition period, community feedback will be collated and reviewed with the Lions Clubs. The design would then be modified, if required, with the intention of a final concept plan being presented to the June 2014 Ordinary Council Meeting for consideration.


    The Port Macquarie Lions Club have had a long association with Gaol Point Lookout. Following the removal of the shelter from the site in January 2013, the club has been advocating for its replacement.

    Gaol Point/Lions Lookout is an iconic lookout within our local government area and on this basis it has been acknowledged that it is important that whatever works may be undertaken within the reserve be aesthetically pleasing and do not negatively impact on the vista provided at the site.

    An initial concept plan was developed for the site by Council’s Landscape Architect which presented several options for a replacement shelter. The initial concept was presented to Council in December 2013 with a resolution to engage with the three Lions Clubs in Port Macquarie to further develop the concept plan for the site. 

    In February this year, Council staff and Lions Clubs representatives came together for a design workshop to discuss the site and preferred options with the draft concept plan developed following this workshop. 

    This draft concept plan is now on public exhibition for broader community feedback on the proposed design for this iconic site.

    At the end of the exhibition period, community feedback will be collated and reviewed with the Lions Clubs. The design would then be modified, if required, with the intention of a final concept plan being presented to the June 2014 Ordinary Council Meeting for consideration.