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
Fort Scratchley Historic Site - Review
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 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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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
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Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Newcastle Reviews
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.
Fort Scratchley, was formerly a coastal defence installation, now an interactive museum. Located in Newcastle East, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales in Australia (map below). Built in 1882 to defend the city against a possible Russian attack. However, its guns were not fired in anger until 8 June 1942, during the shelling of Newcastle by a Japanese submarine. The Australian Army vacated the site in 1972. The Fort is under constant restoration by our team of volunteers and we are pleased to welcome visitors during opening hours to take a paid guided tour led by our volunteer guides or just to freely explore the above ground site at your own pace. The Fort also conducts paid guided tours through the extensive underground tunnel complex.
Excellent historic info. Very useful volunteers who were super knowledgeable and kind. We were recommeneded against taking kids (1 and 4 year old) in the tunnels so didn't go underground. Views are amazing.
We were looking to find something to do in Newcastle on a grey day and Fort Scratchley was really great. Superb views from the top and the guides and volunteers were really insightful. Didn't get to do the tunnel tour but will definitely give it a go next time!