Fort Scratchley, Newcastle

4.6
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Fort Scratchley and many more Newcastle attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Newcastle trip maker .
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  • The fort was very small. There is free parking but no space left if you arrive late. There are some historical items kept at display which is good and there were display of bullets on Australia day. Y...  more »
  • Really interesting and informative museum. The staff were very friendly and knowledgable. If you’re interested in British colonial history and WW2, it’s eye opening. The views from the top were truly ...  more »
  • Certainly a great historical attraction in Australia. Unfortunately, it isn't that interesting unless you take a payed guided tour (highly recommended). The tour is incredibly interesting and the fort...  more »
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  • 2nd visit to this lovely fort. Took our toddler and he loved it, fairly pram friendly with ramp access to most things. It's great that it is free to do a self guided tour and watch the gun being fired at 1pm. Tours of the tunnels are available for a small cost however not recommend for toddlers. The guides are a wealth of knowledge and very friendly and approachable. An added bonus of having some of the best views (if not the best!) Over the port and beaches - great for watching ships coming in and out. Plenty of free parking. I would recommend this when visiting new castle.
  • A wonderful place to visit in Newcastle. Lots of interesting things to see and the history behind the fort and if you are really lucky you my get to fire one of the guns. They are very loud. The Firing of the Guns concert is very entertaining with the different bands and orchestra's playing at the Fort.
  • A wonderful historical landmark. Free entry and on-site parking. Heaps for adults and kids to explore, and magnificent views over all surrounds - including Nobbys Beach, the harbour and city. Most parts of the site require going up sloped paths or steps, so visits by the mobility impared will require extra planning. On the day I visited, the volunteer guides were able to offer my mum - who has trouble walking - a quick ride around the Fort on a golf cart, but I don't know if this is usually available or we were just lucky. Definitely worth a visit! Please 'Like' this review if you found it helpful.
  • Amazing view of the beach and light house. I can sit there for hours starting at the natural beauty the place has to offer. Fort is fine with the museum, but the views from fort is what stands out. Even the view of city and port New castle is great. This place has 2 hours free parking as well.
  • Great place for a look back in time. Good but of history. Free to look around and see the Cannon firing. The tunnel your is well with the price.
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