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Fort Scratchley, Newcastle
(4.5/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan your visit to Fort Scratchley and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Newcastle trip generator.
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TripAdvisor
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I learnt so much history in one day and so much memorabilia to look at. The vollunteer was friendly and welcoming and all dressed up in army attire. I also enjoyed the t...  more »
  • A very well presented historic site. We only had 90 minutes available and it was barely enough. Strongly recommend the tunnel tour (75 mins). Entry to the site is FREE! and the tunnel tours are a very...  more »
  • Guided tour to start the Christmas Party which was quite informative and worth the visit. Venue for the work party overlooking the harbour was great and the good weather helped. The food however wasn'...  more »
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  • A fantastic place for history and view. Volunteers are super knowledgeable and lovely to talk to. They fire one of their gun daily. Highly recommend the tunnel tour
  • Nice, well maintained historic site. The people are friendly and welcoming. Scottish band plays every 30 min or so
  • A well maintained historical place, with wonderful information. The Cannons are well maintained, perhaps in a functional status. Tour guides would ensure additional visitors
  • Great historical site to vist, Views of newcastle from here are something to take in.
  • I took my 8 year old son to Fort Scratchley today. We were lucky enough to be there while the gun fired 4 rounds at a Navy ship. It was absolutely incredible. We met a lovely man named John who was so knowledgeable and explained so many things to my son. It was a 10/10 experience. We will be back for sure!