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Fort Scratchley

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Address: Nobbys Rd, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
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+61 2 4927 0889
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 16:00

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Fort Scratchley moderately easy walk if in town for the day off a Cruise Ship

If you're off the cruise ship and looking for an easy walk and something to do I highly recommend Fort Scratchley. It's an moderately easy walk from where the cruise shuttle drops... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Clovis, California
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6 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're off the cruise ship and looking for an easy walk and something to do I highly recommend Fort Scratchley. It's an moderately easy walk from where the cruise shuttle drops you off. It is at the top of a small hill so do you take that into consideration. Entry is free and your give a nice self guided... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fort Scratchley is in great condition, and there were numerous volunteers providing excellent commentary...really brought it to life.

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed walking around this historical place especially knowing real war action had taken place here. Interesting military history memorabilia to look at. Gorgeous views of Newcastle so be sure to have your camera. Can wander around at your own leisure or on a guided tour. Doesn't take a lot of time to get around.

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Thank Tracey H
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free attraction would suit older people, groups and anyone interested in military history. We came at 1pm and were lucky enough to see the firing of the gun! From the fort there are the best views of Newcastle, a 360 degree view of this beautiful city, the harbour, lighthouse and the beaches so great photo ops. Newcastle is great at... More 

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Thank PennyLawes
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have a look at this. it's worth the walk and wander. Interesting collection of artifacts and ideas. Fantastic view from the direction and range tower. One of the better Australian forts to check out.

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Thank AndyI200
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Heading up to fort scratchy on a fairly average day weather wise. We didn't take a tour, therefore found the place a little underwhelming.

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Thank Gabrielle C
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fort was built in the nineteenth century to defend against invasion from Russia, which understandably never came, although it appears to have been on war footing pretty much ever since. However, it did come under fire from a Japanese submarine during WW11, the only part of the Australian mainland ever to have done so. It is staffed by a... More 

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent about an hour here looking around. Entry is free and you can get a fantastic view of all around you. You are able to pay for a tour of the tunnels I believe but did not do this on this occasion. Few rooms open like a room set up as an officers room. Staff are helpful. Nice place to... More 

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Thank rick198927
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide Geoff was very informative. Tour throughly worthwhile and a real education on Australian history.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nicely preserved, very clean and well maintained site of historical interest going back through both World Wars.

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