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Undoubtedly Newcastle's most spectacular vantage point, Fort Scratchley Historic Site is a unique nationally significant heritage site that has unrivaled panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean, north to Nobbys Lighthouse, Headland and the Harbour, south across Newcastle Beach and Ocean Baths.

Hours: Six days a week- 10am to 4pm - CLOSED Tuesdays

Phone: 02 4974 2166


The Fort grounds are open: 6 days a week, Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesday) from 10am to 4pm.

**Please note: Fort Scratchley is CLOSED to the general public on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day**

Free General Admission and Self Guided Tours, along with Paid Guided Tours of the Site and the amazing underground Tunnels at set times, and group bookings by appointment.

There is so much to do at Fort Scratchley Historic Site... Enjoy a stroll around the site to soak in the history, taking in the breathtaking views, enjoy dolphin or whale-watching with a picnic or immerse yourself in history and undertake a guided tour of the site and through the amazing underground tunnels.

Experience Newcastle's History at its best... National Historic Landmark Europeans first settled in Newcastle for its readily accessible coal and the headland was initially used to display flags and navigational signals for shipping. It was the same coal, and the threat of a fuel hungry Russian fleet in 1877 which caused the British authorities to plan a series of strategic fortifications for national coastal defence.

The large and elaborate state of the fort built at Newcastle during the 1880s reflected the importance of the region's resources and the apprehension felt for their safety.

Enemy Attack: Sixty years later, Scratchley's massive guns went into action against an attack by a Japanese submarine during World War II, earning it distinction as the only fort on the Australian coast to have fired against enemy attack.

These guns now have pride of place on the Historic Site. The military vacated the site in 1972, but the fortifications remain as a concrete record of the evolution of late 19th and early 20th century coastal defence strategy, until changes in modern warfare technology brought the fort's defensive role to an end.

Today, the Fort's Historical Society preserves the military heritage, providing exhibitions and guided tours of the site and its amazing tunnels.

Please note: Due to civil construction work in the area, Fort Scratchley can currently only be accessed from Wharf Road, turning right into Nobbys Road. There is one way traffic flow in place along Nobbys Road. For more information and updates regarding changes to traffic flow in the area, please see: http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Supercars/Infrastructure

For event & function enquiries or bookings please phone 02 4974 2166 or email newcastlevenues@ncc.nsw.gov.au

Nobbys Road, Newcastle


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