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Molineux Point, Port Botany

Did you know that the Molineux Point Lookout is an architectural tribute to Sydney’s sister port relationship with Yokkaichi Port in Japan? This was Australia's very first sister port, formed on the 24th October 1968 more than 50 years ago. 

Yokkaichi Port is located in Mie Prefecture, about 50km south of Nagoya and just under 400km from Tokyo. Originally a small port at the mouth of the Mitaki River near Ise Bay, Yokkaichi was an important stopover for pilgrims visiting Ise Grand Shrine, Japan’s most sacred, en route from Nagoya. The city developed rapidly in the late 19th century and the port grew in international significance. While trade in those days centred on seed oil, Banko ceramics and tea, the city became a major manufacturing centre and Yokkaichi Port now supports the export of petrochemicals and automobiles and is the major import base for crude oil, cotton and grain in Japan. 

The sister port relationship is commemorated by a monument, cairn and plaque at Molineux Point Lookout at Port Botany which was erected in 2001.  The award-nominated lookout was designed by architect Tim Williams and formally opened by Mr Greg Martin, Chief Executive Office, Sydney Ports Corporation and Mr Terumi Iijima, Executive Vice President, Yokkaichi Port Authority on 8th March 2001, with a delegation of about 30 Japanese dignitaries attending. The inscription on the plaque reads: "Commemorating the sister ports relationship between Sydney Ports Corporation and Yokkaichi Port Authority, Japan, formed on 24th October 1968.”

Molineux Point Lookout also marks the end of the Coastal Walk in Randwick. Located at the end of Prince of Wales Drive at Port Botany, it provides spectacular views of Botany Bay, including Yarra Bay, Sydney Airport, La Perouse and Kurnell. It is a popular destination for cyclists and walkers.

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