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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  • July 30, 2017
    This historical forty is one of newcastle absolute gems. Rich in history and animated guess bayou to answer any and all questions. Brilliant for children.  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    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 »
  • July 28, 2017
    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 »
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  • July 5, 2017
    we were lucky enough to be shown around this fascinating historical site by the curator. For a council run historical site that is FREE it packs an amazing amount of history into a small site! The exhibits are a great mix of personal stories, artifacts donated by locals, and broader historical context. Leave them a donation so they can do more fine work! We also took the hour long tunnel tour which was a bargain at $12. There are amazing views from the top & if guns are your thing they fire one at 1pm (13:00) ever day that they are open!
  • September 9, 2017
    We had a great BHP reunion with a smorgasbord lunch. The fort is an import historical building in Newcastle and well worth a visit.
  • September 9, 2017
    Old ww2 gun emplacement now a war museum. Good for tourists and free
  • July 12, 2017
    It's a free entry fee Fort. It's a nice place to know some history of Newcastle defense. Good place to watch dolphins and whales too!
  • June 14, 2017
    Love the history. Next time we're going on the under ground tour of the tunnels. The view is absolutely amazing

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