Fort Scratchley, Newcastle

Military Facility · Tourist Spot
A large collection of guns, cannons, and military objects awaits you at Fort Scratchley. Set high on a hilltop overlooking the ocean and the harbor, the fort provides a 360-degree view of the city of Newcastle, its beaches, and the harbor. The guns here fired at Japanese submarines in World War II make it the only fort in Australia to fire a shot in aggression. Take the guided tour to learn more about it. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Fort Scratchley and many more Newcastle attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Newcastle trip maker.
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  • Nice experience. Very interesting. A little uncomfortable on a windy day but that should stop you visiting.  more »
  • We took the 11:30am tunnel tour. The guide was entertaining and held our interest. Picked this timeslot as it finished with a little time to spare before the firing of the 1 o'clock gun. A must do...  more »
  • Impressive setting and wonderful scenery. A fabulous spot for a picnic! The volunteer (?) staff is lovely and likes to chat with visitors. Look out for dolphins and whales in the ocean below and...  more »
  • The place is a great spot to enjoy the views of the sands and the seas, the lighthouse, and the city while learning about the history of the fort. Also, there is no entrance fee but you can give donation. Closed on Tuesdays and opens until 4PM only.
  • Nice location to see a historic fort and surrounding beach views. From online posts, they seem to do canon firing in the past but may only do that on special occasions now. Free entry and can take photos. Guided tours have an additional cost. Parking at the site is free for 3 hours.
  • Volunteers do a great job here. They are very knowledgeable. The 600m tunnel tour was great. Not many things to buy from the souvenir, but they are not too pricy. Entrance fee was $32 for family of four. I think its a reasonable amount considering what you get to see. Decent number of onsite parking, also 3P parking on roadside. Great view of Nobbys head light house. I would go another time. Its a nice place to take any visitors, can get a glimpse of History of New Castle.
  • Great historical sites in the middle of the city. Amazing views, a great spot to explore or just have a picnic soaking up the views. They offer tours of the tunnels and fire the cannon everyday at 1pm. Originally built in 19th century, the only place in Australia to fire land to sea in anger in a war (during WW2)
  • Great guided tour of tunnels and surrounds with Norm. A gentleman of 91 years young. Very informative commentary.

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