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Fort Scratchley

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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A must visit

A must stop while in Newcastle. Free unless doing the tour. Well maintained. Amazing views out over... read more

Reviewed today
Brisbane, Australia
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A must see

If in Newcastle you need to visit the Fort, it's an interesting walk for those interested in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Adelaide, Australia
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Nobbys Rd, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
+61 2 4927 0889
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Reviewed today via mobile

A must stop while in Newcastle. Free unless doing the tour. Well maintained. Amazing views out over the ocean. Great history. We sat for ages looking out at the tugs bringing in a container ship into the harbour. Was very windy so take a jacket.

Thank winnie171978
Reviewed 2 days ago

If in Newcastle you need to visit the Fort, it's an interesting walk for those interested in Australia's Military history, although most of the doors are barred and not accessible to the public. You can walk down to the beach from the Fort, and to...More

Thank Happy_Trav_Eller
Reviewed 6 days ago

I recently did a tour of Fort Scratchley and it's tunnels - what a great piece of Newcastle's history - I learn't to much on my visit and the guide who was a volunteer was fantastic!

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a little dubious but geez I am glad we went, and especially glad that we did the paid tour! The knowledge that the volunteers have is amazing and they do an incredible job. I learned so much and didn't once lose interest...before we...More

Thank CharlieGirlAU
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommend spending hour and half visiting the tunnels on a tunnel tour. the volunteers do an amazing job explaining the history of the fort and showing us many of the rooms, storerooms and where and how the guns were used. Then spend time visiting the...More

Thank Annette P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to look around and show the kids old buildings and artefacts. If that’s not your thing it’s worth a look just for the view. Check the times for shows and tours. I think they are $12 but only at certain times during...More

Thank sshorts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bruce, our Tour Guide, was very informative and patiently answered our many questions. Great tour of the tunnels and a wonderful history lesson. (We walked down to the Newcastle SLFC Kiosk for a lovely lunch.) Returned just before 1 p.m. for the firing of the...More

Thank Robyn E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some great views from here - especially during whale-watching season. However it's value as an interesting historical site has been extensively diminished with the exodus of the various maritime and war history displays that used to be housed there. Now there is just a bunch...More

Thank Firsttimecruiser52
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Large old fortress with commanding views over the harbour and city. Interesting tour through the tunnels.

Thank David E
Reviewed 20 August 2018

What they dont teach you in school about the defence of Australia and Newcastle is all here. Enjoyed the tunnel tour, was worth every cent, especially knowing the money is going to restore the area. Great day out, make sure you go around 1pm for...More

Thank Fiona F
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Andrea L
15 July 2018|
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Response from Louise Danielle S | Reviewed this property |
Yes the entry cost was around about what the other reviews have said $12 and worth every cent,,,,, a Great find in Newcastle run by passionate well informed volunteers
27 July 2017|
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Response from Julius777 |
Hi yes it is open 6 days away from 10 to 4pm it is closed Tuesdays.
Jonathan H
14 May 2017|
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Response from Ken A | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but I would think Yes. Perhaps not in the tunnels!