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. 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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  • we were visiting Newcastle for the first time and our hotel was just up the road from Fort Scratchley. It has lots of memorabilia very interesting and the fort is kept really well it was a pleasure wa...  more »
  • By looking around this establishment and talking to others this is a must see and you can get an appreciation of the need for such establishments  more »
  • A great piece of Newcastle history with great views. Worth doing the guided tour inside the fort. Great whale watching during June and July and October.  more »
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  • 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!
  • We had a great BHP reunion with a smorgasbord lunch. The fort is an import historical building in Newcastle and well worth a visit.
  • Old ww2 gun emplacement now a war museum. Good for tourists and free
  • 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!
  • 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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