Fort Scratchley Historic Site614 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: Fort Scratchley Historic Site , Nobbys Road, Newcastle East NSW 2300, Australia
- Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +61- 249293066
- Ticket Price: 15 AUD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, War Memorial, Family And Kids, Fort, Military Area
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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Fort Scratchley Historic Site
- 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 Hours
- Last tour is at 2:30 PM.
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95% of people who visit Newcastle include Fort Scratchley Historic Site in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
92.08% of people start their Fort Scratchley Historic Site visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Fort Scratchley Historic Site
85.71% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fort Scratchley Historic Site
Fort Scratchley Historic Site Reviews & Ratings
Best lookout of the area. As you can see from all the photos that people have uploaded, this is an amazing location for a view of the ocean and Nobbys beach. Really quiet and serene as well. The fort itself isn't particularly big or special but I definitely recommend visiting
Fort Scratchley has military history exhibits, tunnel tours there is a fee for the tunnel tours, or you can freely explore the above ground site at your own pace.The Fort has daily cannon firings. It is a great place for the kids, family's and anyone who wants a day out and learn some history about the Fort it's role in second world war and the surrounding areas. The Fort has toilets and food and drinks are available as well as a gift shop. The hours are Monday 10am-4pm, Closed Tuesday, Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. The Guns fire at 1pm on the dot.
This place is so cool! Our tunnel tour guide was the last commanding officer of the fort and that made it so much more better. The volunteers are doing a great job. It was such fun and interesting to learn history. A must to visit!
Best view of Newcastle over Nobby's beach. Go by 1pm to see the cannon fired. Great history behind the location. Suggest parking down the bottom and walking up the hill to see the view as you go and visiting the beach later (see pictures). There is a small shop in the museum but not worth a visit - not much to see or buy. Amenities are all there including bathrooms, refreshments and drinks.
Great experience to see how the soldiers worked underground. Make sure when you visit the Fort that you do the most informative tour. Don’t forget to view the firing of the cannon at 1 PM daily