Fort Scratchley Historic SiteCurrently 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.
- 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)
- 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
We were at Ft. Scratchley on Labor Day, so instead of watching one cannon being fired, they shot 5 of them. It's great that this is a free fort, although if you want an underground tour, there is a fee for that. The history of the fort is interesting, and the views of the beaches and Nobby Point are gorgeous. It's not a large fort, an hour there is more than sufficient time.
This is a must see part of Newcastle's heritage. Curated by a wonderful group of volunteers and enthusiasts, the Fort Scratchley site offers an insight into that infamous night that Newcastle came under attack during WWII. Lash out and take the tunnel tour for the complete experience and don't miss the canon being fired at 13:00 - on the dot!
Amazing place. Great history. Do take a time and visit the tunnel felt good to see some historic guns.
Visited here last October for the firing of the guns over the long weekend period, was very windy but lots to see & do with the grand kids. Toured through the tunnels, viewed the painstakingly restored underground guns & mess hall exhibits in the tunnels. The Fort shop was good place to grab a souvenir. There were parades & Scottish bands playing, all a prelude to the big guns firing one after another. What a spectacle, congratulations to all the volunteers associated with the Fort for all their hard work, without their passion these memories would be lost on our younger generations. Well done to all, a great family day out with plenty to do & see.
Well worth the visit, important place in our history, dedicated and friendly volunteers work tirelessly to keep the place restored and educate the public. Family friendly, pram and wheel chair friendly. Free to get in but you can donate loose change to help them keep the place open and safe for public entry. Every little bit helps. I learnt so much here and I will return. The view is spectacular and they do scheduled tours.