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Fort Scratchley, Newcastle

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#2 of 26 in Sightseeing in Greater Newcastle
Tourist Spot Military Facility
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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  • If you love your war history then fort scatchley won't disappoint. Its interesting and informative. I highly recommend a guided tour . Children should take a moment to learn about the history of this ...  more »
  • It is surprising to take a walk through Fort Scratchley and imagine what it must have been like for the soldiers in WW2. A remarkably well preserved piece of history that is well worth the visit if yo...  more »
  • The Fort looks perhaps particularly spectacular from the outside, but inside there are many informative exhibitions and highly motivated and friendly staff! Advantage: I've spotted a whale from above! :)
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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.

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Newcastle offers an extensive choice of accommodations, with the greatest choice available around the Hamilton East and Cooks Hill areas. Here you can find boutique hotels, hostels, and apartment rentals. Try a beachside residence for a great view of the harbor and quick access to the sand and sea. Farther out of town you will find RV parks and motels along the main roads. Newcastle's solid local train and bus service will take you between the sights and your accommodations in the city.
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