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Fort Scratchley

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

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A part of our History

I must admit I didn't realise the Fort even existed until a Novocastrian told me about it. Lots of history and well worth the visit. The guides were very interesting and very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Geoff B
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Braidwood NSW
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Braidwood NSW
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I must admit I didn't realise the Fort even existed until a Novocastrian told me about it. Lots of history and well worth the visit. The guides were very interesting and very knowledgeable of its past and gave us plenty of time on our tour

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great vistas over Newcastle and the ocean. Well preserved by volunteers and lots of interesting things to see, including gun firing at 1pm. Would like to see more of the accommodations open, but fascinating anyway. Take the tunnel tour - not a workplace for everyone!

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well located and the views are fantastic! Nobby beach one side and the city and island from other! The fort is very well maintained and it worth a visit! They have a shop and toilets and most rooms are now a museum with lovely pieces and great history about Newcastle during the war! Easy walk and very friendly people... More 

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Thank Alicems
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fort Scratchley has fantastic views of Newcastle & the coastline regardless of the weather. Great collection of memorabilia telling the many amazing stories of the site , incredible history.Tunnel tour is a must! It's fascinating! Great location for whale watching too!

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Thank Vicki B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking to see the best views of Newcastle, this is the place. Access to the fort is good and once you are inside it, there is a foot path for wheelchairs and pushchairs users as well as grassy areas for picnics. But the view you will see of Newcastle and the shores are just breath taking, especially... More 

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Newcastle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. Browse around the museum and displays or take in the view at your own pace. Views are outstanding. Displays are well presented and interesting. Whole place reeks of history. Take a tour of the tunnels and underground emplacements. Envelope your self in military history. Guides are informative and knowledgeable. Such people and others behind the scene... More 

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to take a look around the grounds, the fort is free. Be there at 1PM to see them fire the cannon. I paid for the tour of the tunnels, which gives more information on the guns and ammunition. The tour was just OK, but also not expensive.

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Thank Sondra G
Wingham, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a wonderful surprise to find that we had access to the actual fort for my daughter's wedding reception (I was expecting that we would go straight to the function centre). It was a very special treat to have time at the fort where we were able to walk right up to the Ceremony grounds where we had stunning... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the fort to see the amazing show (Manning the Fort) which highlighted this magnificent location. No need to wait for another production just enjoy how fabulous this historical place is.

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I take all my visitors from out-of-town to the fort, it's a good bit of history and a great view over the harbour and the city (and its free entry). Not everyone will enjoy the tunnel tour (approx. 90 mins) but I've done it twice and enjoyed it, the volunteers give a good insight into not just the history of... More 

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