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Fort Scratchley, Newcastle

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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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  • The fort and contents are well preserved and the volunteers present the facts and history in a very engaging fashion. Well done - worth a visit.  more »
  • Our guide was 90 years old & was so enthusiastic it blew me away! I could have listened to his stories all day! His knowledge of the fort & other war events was second to none. Well worth a visit if y...  more »
  • No admission charge, donation box at entry, great views, and enjoyable looking around, time didn't allow us to do tunnel tour, which was a paid activity  more »
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  • Love the history. Next time we're going on the under ground tour of the tunnels. The view is absolutely amazing
  • Important historical location in newcastle that is being preserved nicely. Has great views of the beaches and city. A must see for those visiting the city.
  • Nice restored Harbor Defense Fort in Newcastle. Very knowledgeable guides and great views.
  • There are great ocean views from this well cared for site dating back to the early days of Newcastle.
  • If you happen to be there when they fire the guns, it's great.