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Fort Scratchley

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Amazing history with great view

Beautiful spot, at the top of the mountain. The staff were nice and helpful. Had the most stunning... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
History with the beats views of Newcastle plus 1pm cannon fire

Great historical displays giving insight into early Newcastle from a military angle. Some... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mackay, Australia
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Nobbys Rd, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
+61 2 4927 0889
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Tour of the Fort I think should include a brief history of the Coal Mine below where Convicts were sent to work in appalling conditions where it was damp and freezing cold . I am told it was the first Coal Mine under Fort...More

Thank Sandra L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful spot, at the top of the mountain. The staff were nice and helpful. Had the most stunning view of the port and bay.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great historical displays giving insight into early Newcastle from a military angle. Some informative displays and information signage. At one in the afternoon daily a replica canon is fired as a time marker as it was in years gone by a real highlight. The majority...More

Thank c3017599
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for a kids birthday party and was very impressed with the site, the views and Fort Scratchley's itself very well maintained and the kids loved it and so did I. If you are just visiting well worth a look and if you live in...More

Thank N1648FOdavid
Reviewed 18 October 2018

Found this attraction very interesting and the volunteer and X and service personnel very very helpful and informative. A great attraction and fantastic views of Newcastle and a wonderful 2 hours there.ENTRY IS FREE BUT CAN LEAVE A DONATION.

Thank Rod S
Reviewed 15 October 2018

On a pouring rain day in Newcastle there isn't much to do so we took a chance on Fort Scratchley. We spent a wonderful few hours in the dry with a knowledgeable tour guide and learnt a lot along the way. Well worth visiting even...More

Thank jadecals
Reviewed 9 October 2018

we found this by mistake , en route elsewhere, and in rain but are very pleased we did as it is very good, great views, and fascinating educational info re WW2 japanese sub attack, and coal industry.

Thank Graham w
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Lovely place great tour of our history. Lovely views. You get to hear the cannons firing! Highly reccomended!

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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

We had the best, most informative and professional volunteer guide ever. If you don’t take the tour you will miss a lot. And make sure you stay for the one O clock cannon firing done each day .

Thank holden4100
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Any visit to Newcastle should include a trip to Fort Scratchley, firstly for the spectacular panoramic views across Newcastle city, the Hunter River and the local coastline. The site is significant for its history, from pre-European times to the early days of Newcastle as a...More

Thank JElliot32
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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!