Fort Scratchley, Newcastle

4.6
A large collection of guns, cannons, and military objects awaits you at Fort Scratchley. Set high on a hilltop overlooking the ocean and the harbor, the fort provides a 360-degree view of the city of Newcastle, its beaches, and the harbor. The guns here fired at Japanese submarines in World War II make it the only fort in Australia to fire a shot in aggression. Take the guided tour to learn more about it. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Fort Scratchley and many more Newcastle attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Newcastle trip maker .
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  • Concept: The fort was completed in 1882 and remained in military possession until 1972. Its greatest mission was during World War II, when a Japanese submarine attacked Newcastle on June 8, 1942, and fired back the fort's cannons. You can explore the public areas of the fort on your own. With a 90-minute guided tour you can also see the underground passages. The friendly veteran with a walking stick explains the history of the fort, the everyday life of the crew, and the weapons. Every day at 13:00 there is a salute shot with an old gun, which is very exciting to see. This is an old tradition. The shot was once used as a timely guide for sailors and the people in the city who could not see up to the church. Personnel: The fort is run by veterans in military uniformwho were once stationed at Fort Scratchley themselves. They are very friendly people who like to talk to the visitors. They also give visitors an information brochure with a map of the various buildings within the fort. Tips for visitors: Incredible, but there is free admission. Only for the guided tour you pay 12 AUD, which is absolutely worth it. We stayed three hours in the fort (90 minutes guided tour and 90 minutes on our own). Conclusion: An exciting experience, I can highly recommend a visit to the fort.
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  • Very interesting , not what I expected Worth a look even my 10 year old daughter didn't complain much great scenery , Newcastle has so much to offer , Water views everywhere  more »
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  • The place is a great spot to enjoy the views of the sands and the seas, the lighthouse, and the city while learning about the history of the fort. Also, there is no entrance fee but you can give donation. Closed on Tuesdays and opens until 4PM only.
  • Nice location to see a historic fort and surrounding beach views. From online posts, they seem to do canon firing in the past but may only do that on special occasions now. Free entry and can take photos. Guided tours have an additional cost. Parking at the site is free for 3 hours.

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