Military Relic Hunting WW2 Heavy Coastal Gun Emplacement: Garrett ATPro: GTI2500.

We visit the site of “H” Australian Heavy Battery, a Heavy Coastal Gun Emplacement comprising two 155mm guns, two Sperry searchlight positions, a Battery Command Post, Regimental Aid Post, and camp area. The unit comprised 127 Australian Army Personnel. The emplacement was strategically located on a remote headland guarding an important harbour entrance on lower Cape York Peninsula. Although the guns were never fired in anger, the installation provided important support and protection for RAN and USN operations in the Coral Sea, and against New Guinea and Guadalcanal. Thanks for watching and please take the time to visit our site www.nqexplorers.com. Happy Hunting everyone!

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94 thoughts on “Military Relic Hunting WW2 Heavy Coastal Gun Emplacement: Garrett ATPro: GTI2500.

  1. G’day Steve – detecting on declared historical sites or around historical military or heritage wrecks is not allowed of course. The old airstrip, on the other hand, has some historical wrecks but the camp areas are many kilometres away on Crown land bushland. Each state has different laws governing heritage sites so you would need to check with the Heritage Commission in NSW, or perhaps a local metal detecting group who could help you out with the relevant rules and regs. HH mate! Warren.

  2. Nice Film mate, can you please clarify the rules of relic hunting in Australia ,in your other video {abandon airfield} you disclosed that no items were removed , where in this video you are doing the opposite,
    Is this because of M.o.D resctrictions ie unexploded ammunition and the site hasn’t been cleared yet or other?.
    Is there a group in NSW? I would love to go hunting in our backyard for history

  3. Good job NQExplorers. Nice bit of Aussie perspective on WW2 and great detail on this gun emplacement. I never knew Sydney as shelled by Japanese subs. Pro job all around, thanks for posting.

  4. My father was a cannoneer in the U.S. Marines on a 155 land based gun crew. That particular gun was responsible for so much damage to island targets that it`s use was scrapped late in the war. Prospective landing strips were too hard to construct due to the damage.

  5. Thanks for watching Mr Dylanskate – I have to put stuff back (before I pick it up again) – so that I can turn the camera off with the other hand LOL. Rest assured all the relics are taken home, cleaned and preserved! GL and HH mate!

  6. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Mr Dylanskate – I have to put stuff back (before I pick it up again) – so that I can turn the camera off with the other hand LOL. Rest assured all the relics are taken home, cleaned and preserved! GL and HH mate!

  7. Thanks for the heads up Sinisha, just checked that episode out on iView, unreal – too bad you couldn’t see us detecting in the background LOL. GL and HH!

  8. Agreed mate, two 155mm guns would struggle against a Japanese Heavy Cruiser, and would have required other air and naval support, but the position was handy against raiding (surfaced) Japanese subs such as those that shelled Sydney and Newcastle. Fortunately, they were never called to action. Thanks for watching and commenting!

  9. [..YouTube..] Agreed mate, two 155mm guns would struggle against a Japanese Heavy Cruiser, and would have required other air and naval support, but the position was handy against raiding (surfaced) Japanese subs such as those that shelled Sydney and Newcastle. Fortunately, they were never called to action. Thanks for watching and commenting!

  10. there is no way this defense position would have been protect cairns in a Japanese invasion maybe slow them down for a while

  11. Thanks for your comment on the ID Disc Willo, I should have posted this reply on a wholly different video again just to confuse us both more LOL. Your feedback is always appreciated! GL and HH mate!

  12. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comment on the ID Disc Willo, I should have posted this reply on a wholly different video again just to confuse us both more LOL. Your feedback is always appreciated! GL and HH mate!

  13. [..YouTube..] @1963Willo
    Thanks for your comment on the ID Disc Willo, I should have posted this reply on a wholly different video again just to confuse us both more LOL. Your feedback is always appreciated! GL and HH mate!

  14. Warren what a terrific outcome and glad to hear the veteran survived the war and came home as well. Well done mate this is what makes this hobby special.

  15. [..YouTube..] Warren what a terrific outcome and glad to hear the veteran survived the war and came home as well. Well done mate this is what makes this hobby special.

  16. Thanks for watching and commenting – it is a beautiful spot alright – make sure you have a look if you can – will PM you the site details. Happy Hunting!

  17. [..YouTube..] @Britbikerss
    Thanks for watching and commenting – it is a beautiful spot alright – make sure you have a look if you can – will PM you the site details. Happy Hunting!

  18. Oh BTW ~ We never got access to that Military base / camp site at Malanda ~ He is a” funny” bugger ~ I did track the former property owner’s widow but preferred not to harangue the lady as she is a very senior lady now ~

  19. [..YouTube..] Oh BTW ~ We never got access to that Military base / camp site at Malanda ~ He is a” funny” bugger ~ I did track the former property owner’s widow but preferred not to harangue the lady as she is a very senior lady now ~

  20. Gidday Mate ~ M and I have traveled that road and have been over that part of the peninsula ourselves ~ and I figured (without research) there HAD TO BE a former artillery site such as this ~ in the area~

    That aside the beaches SE of Yarabah are superb eh ~ BTW Did you have to get access permission to enter this area ?

    Cheers ~ Stuart SS

  21. [..YouTube..] Gidday Mate ~ M and I have traveled that road and have been over that part of the peninsula ourselves ~ and I figured (without research) there HAD TO BE a former artillery site such as this ~ in the area~

    That aside the beaches SE of Yarabah are superb eh ~ BTW Did you have to get access permission to enter this area ?

    Cheers ~ Stuart SS

  22. That’s an amazing place. I could just see is bustling with activities a few decades ago. Great history lesson too. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Thanks GemQ, the weather has only got worse this week – looks like the wet has started. Planning on a return when things fine up. Hope you get out soon mate. GL and HH!

  24. [..YouTube..] Thanks GemQ, the weather has only got worse this week – looks like the wet has started. Planning on a return when things fine up. Hope you get out soon mate. GL and HH!

  25. [..YouTube..] @GemQ1
    Thanks GemQ, the weather has only got worse this week – looks like the wet has started. Planning on a return when things fine up. Hope you get out soon mate. GL and HH!

  26. Australia is my favorite out of all of my port of calls. Enjoy the videos my friend; even if I don’t metal detect myself. Keep up the good work.

  27. Stay in touch mate – look forward to seeing you in action in Hawaii! Crocodiles are a definite danger. Where we parked the Land Rover before we walked in – was one of the “Danger Crocodiles” signs – should have photographed that! There a quite a few big crocs that hang around the local boat ramp – fishermen are reminded not to clean fish or dump any offal on the ramp! No swimming! HH!

  28. [..YouTube..] Stay in touch mate – look forward to seeing you in action in Hawaii! Crocodiles are a definite danger. Where we parked the Land Rover before we walked in – was one of the “Danger Crocodiles” signs – should have photographed that! There a quite a few big crocs that hang around the local boat ramp – fishermen are reminded not to clean fish or dump any offal on the ramp! No swimming! HH!

  29. [..YouTube..] @PacificTreasureHunt
    Stay in touch mate – look forward to seeing you in action in Hawaii! Crocodiles are a definite danger. Where we parked the Land Rover before we walked in – was one of the “Danger Crocodiles” signs – should have photographed that! There a quite a few big crocs that hang around the local boat ramp – fishermen are reminded not to clean fish or dump any offal on the ramp! No swimming! HH!

  30. There must have been a rubbish dump close by.. Looks like a great place to spend week camping and hunting.. Look forward to watching the update.. Unfortunately, I will not have access to the Internet for a couple months, as my computer is about to get packed up and slowly shipped to the USA. Are there crocodiles ?

  31. [..YouTube..] There must have been a rubbish dump close by.. Looks like a great place to spend week camping and hunting.. Look forward to watching the update.. Unfortunately, I will not have access to the Internet for a couple months, as my computer is about to get packed up and slowly shipped to the USA. Are there crocodiles ?

  32. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers There must have been a rubbish dump close by.. Looks like a great place to spend week camping and hunting.. Look forward to watching the update.. Unfortunately, I will not have access to the Internet for a couple months, as my computer is about to get packed up and slowly shipped to the USA. Are there crocodiles ?

  33. Thanks for commenting – much appreciating – you are correct – the editing for a video can literally take hours! Lots of fun though – another aspect to the hobby which makes it so enjoyable – best of luck and HH!

  34. [..YouTube..] Thanks for commenting – much appreciating – you are correct – the editing for a video can literally take hours! Lots of fun though – another aspect to the hobby which makes it so enjoyable – best of luck and HH!

  35. [..YouTube..] @rugerguyau
    Thanks for commenting – much appreciating – you are correct – the editing for a video can literally take hours! Lots of fun though – another aspect to the hobby which makes it so enjoyable – best of luck and HH!

  36. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching PTH, great idea about that old pool and the beach, unfortunately the rain cut us short, but we will be back into it in the coming weeks, plus the encampment area is much larger than we first thought. Wet tall grass was tough going LOL – look forward to your Hawaii hunts! GL and HH!

  37. [..YouTube..] @PacificTreasureHunt
    Thanks for watching PTH, great idea about that old pool and the beach, unfortunately the rain cut us short, but we will be back into it in the coming weeks, plus the encampment area is much larger than we first thought. Wet tall grass was tough going LOL – look forward to your Hawaii hunts! GL and HH!

  38. [..YouTube..] Thanks PlugMartian, I’m with you, great camping spot, great views, fresh water, swimming (in the winter – if the crocs allow it LOL) and metal detecting – doesn’t get much better than that. Even comes with a 70 year old fireplace LOL. GL and HH mate.

  39. [..YouTube..] @PlugMartian
    Thanks PlugMartian, I’m with you, great camping spot, great views, fresh water, swimming (in the winter – if the crocs allow it LOL) and metal detecting – doesn’t get much better than that. Even comes with a 70 year old fireplace LOL. GL and HH mate.

  40. [..YouTube..] @bonehead1902
    Thanks for watching Bonehead, good chance your grandpa was in Australia before he deployed north to New Guinea, appreciate your comments mate – GL and HH!

  41. [..YouTube..] @natebrindabella
    Thanks for watching – keep diggin’ – there is always a surprise in store if you keep at it! Hope to see you with a video hunt soon! GL and HH mate.

  42. [..YouTube..] @magpie307
    Thanks Magpie, hope to show you that site in better weather – and yes, plenty of research required, as you do on your own hunts mate – GL and HH!

  43. [..YouTube..] @fluoridekid
    Thanks for watching Rich – Northern Australia in 1942/43 was the “Front Line” for many – Jap bombing raids, there was even a mini “Battle of Britain” type struggle over Port Moresby between R.A.A.F. Kittyhawk Squadrons and the Japanese – so lots of sites to hunt – and mostly very remote and totally undisturbed! GL and HH mate!

  44. [..YouTube..] @Bentley240
    Thanks for watching Andy, appreciate the comments of another WW2 hunter, the guns were never actually fired in anger – in fact the only Australian coastal battery to engage the enemy was Fort Scratchley in Newcastle where two 6 inch guns took on a Japanese I-class sub under searchlights and drive it off – no hits but a couple of good “straddles” and the Jap commander thought better of it – Happy Hunting mate!

  45. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers ..then perhaps our best outing…would be to the back yard. I went on a hunt on Monday…got there…No Pro-pointer / No Lesche Digging tool…No Finds pouch…no idea. Probably shouldn’t have told you this..might get brought up over the bbq. LOL Cheers GL & HH

  46. [..YouTube..] @Paleoman52
    Thanks for watching Paleoman, and the great story regarding your family’s connection with Australia – a lot of Australian women met their sweethearts in the US Forces during the war and moved to the US! Thanks or your comments and HH mate!

  47. [..YouTube..] @Rex46947
    Rex, really appreciate your comments mate, glad you are able to see some of what your Dad would have seen, and some of these remote locations we visit haven’t changed very much in 70 years! Best wishes and HH mate.