Fort Scratchley Historic Site

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  • 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

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Fort Scratchley Historic Site

  • 95% of people who visit Newcastle include Fort Scratchley Historic Site in their plan

  • 84.12% 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

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

94.56% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fort Scratchley Historic Site

People normally club together Christ Church Cathedral and Newcastle Station while planning their visit to Fort Scratchley Historic Site.

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Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Newcastle Reviews

  • 2nd visit to this lovely fort. Took our toddler and he loved it, fairly pram friendly with ramp access to most things. It's great that it is free to do a self guided tour and watch the gun being fired at 1pm. Tours of the tunnels are available for a small cost however not recommend for toddlers. The guides are a wealth of knowledge and very friendly and approachable. An added bonus of having some of the best views (if not the best!) Over the port and beaches - great for watching ships coming in and out. Plenty of free parking. I would recommend this when visiting new castle.

  • Absolutely beautiful location to visit. It is free to enter. We have been there so often because we love the view so much. We like to take a picnic and sit on the hill and enjoy the view for the afternoon.

  • Always great to visit the people are full of local knowledge. The fact that the events happened on my birthday before I was born is even more surprising. Keep up the great work.

  • A wonderful place to visit in Newcastle. Lots of interesting things to see and the history behind the fort and if you are really lucky you my get to fire one of the guns. They are very loud. The Firing of the Guns concert is very entertaining with the different bands and orchestra's playing at the Fort.

  • 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.

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