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Fort Scratchley, Newcastle

(4.5/5 based on 500+ 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
  • This place was fantastic and we couldn't believe it was free. The guys who volunteer there were magnificent and great to talk to. They are obviously very passionate about what they do and very knowled...  more »
  • Take the underground tour. Good guides and well restored gunnery and facilities- fascinating. Go at 1.00pm for the firing of an old canon.  more »
  • We drove up to the Fort which is within walking distance from the CBD and were very impressed. Entrance is free and you can walk around the top of the fort, inspect the cannons, walk through restored ...  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!