Fort Scratchely Historic Site Newcastle East
Where is it at?
Fort Scratchely Historic Site
Tel: 02 4929 3066
Where are we going today?
The Fort Scratchely Historic Site offers above all else stunning views across ocean, shoreline and the Hunter River Estuary.
A guided tour is by far the best way to unlock all the secrets here, with much more detail and of greater significance than you could find alone. A tour will take you around the full site including several tunnels!
On weekends it becomes one of the few sites left in the world's shorelines which fires a gun and time ball at 1pm precisely for sea farers to correct their watches by.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 4 years.
When can we go?
Tours 10am to 4pm every day but Tuesdays.
Any Top Tips?
Daily tour times are displayed on a frame sign located near the Artillery Store..
Can I get one of those?
There is a range of merchandise for sale at the Artillery Store plus cold drinks and ice creams..
What people are saying?
by Felix Kong
Really nice view of Newcastle's CBD, Honeysuckle, and the docks on the other side. The sea's also really beautiful, and you can see the cathedral and other landmarks from here. It's free, and has some history to it as well. Definitely worth a look.
by Michael Watson
The fort was well maintained, had wonderful views, and the staff were all very interested to tell you anything you wanted to know. Went on the tunnel tour - very informative - went for over 1.5 hours, much longer than the advertised 45 minutes - was full of great information and enthusiasm. Had a really nice time visiting the fort!
by Kimme Suchyta
Ft. Scratchley is well maintained historic site. Admission is free to the fort, however, tours through tunnel are not. There are great views of the beach from this site. The museum portion of the fort is being renovated,but a few of the rooms are open with a timeline of the fort. Each staff member I talked was incredibly knowledgeable and engaged!
by Todd Wright
Use to love visiting Ft. Scratchley. But i visited recently and found myself bored within the first ten minutes. Everything is roped off, closed up or removed. Plus you can't enter the tunnels anymore without a tour and it's not free. Yes it's free and yes it has amazing views on Newcastle. But just isn't what it use to be.
by anthony murphy
Very good views and history. Tunnel guides are very knowledgeable. A must see when in the area