Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Newcastle

Fort Scratchley Historic Site - A Quick Overview


Address: Fort Scratchley Historic Site , Nobbys Road, Newcastle East NSW 2300, Australia

Phone: +61- 249293066

Ticket Price: 15 AUD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

Currently Closed

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About Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Newcastle

To avoid any surprise attack from the Russians during the Crimean War, the Australians built a series of forts along the shoreline. One such military fort was Fort Scratchley, which never actually fired a shot in until 1942 during a forgotten confrontation during WWII, when a Japanese submarine surfaced and opened fire on the city. The Australians retaliated and within 4 rounds, there wasn’t a submarine to speak off. The fort was occupied by the Australian Army till 1972 after which it was declared a historic site.

Fort Scratchley Historic Site Ticket Prices

  • Adults- $15 (Full Site), $ 12 (Tunnels only)
  • Children 4-14 years (<4 yrs Free)-  $7.50  (Full Site), $ 6 (Tunnels only)
  • Family (2 adults/2 children)-  $37.50 (Full Site), $ 30 (Tunnels only)
  • Concession- $8 (Full Site), $7 (Tunnels only)

Fort Scratchley Historic Site Opening and Closing Hours

  • Last tour is at 2:30 PM.

Restaurants Near Fort Scratchley Historic Site

  • BWP Queens Wharf (Australian cuisine)
  • Scottie's (seafood recommended)
  • Jonah's On The Beach (Australian cuisine)

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Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Newcastle Reviews

  • 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.

  • A wonderfully scenic and spacious historical sight. We attended the cannons firing on Australia Day and the staff were very friendly and helpful. There are great views of the harbour and Newcastle, plus interesting plaques, machines, rooms and tours that give you a bit of insight into the past.

  • 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.

  • Place has a historical importance with its role in guarding New castle. Tunnel tour was interesting and got to see the engineering and design that went into building the place back in the 1800s.

  • Really historically interesting place, although I've only been there without a guide. Lots of old items, ammunition, accessories, and most importantly photos. Many buildings were closed but it's free entry and you should really consider it even if only for the views

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