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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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  • Fort Scratchley is in great condition, and there were numerous volunteers providing excellent commentary...really brought it to life.  more »
  • Really enjoyed walking around this historical place especially knowing real war action had taken place here. Interesting military history memorabilia to look at. Gorgeous views of Newcastle so be sure...  more »
  • Free attraction would suit older people, groups and anyone interested in military history. We came at 1pm and were lucky enough to see the firing of the gun! From the fort there are the best views of ...  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!