Fort Scratchley Historic Site Newcastle East
Where is it at?
Fort Scratchley Historic Site
Tel: 2 4929 3066
Where are we going today?
Australia's first European coal mine also became a significant military outpost, and is rich in architecture and history making for educational and entertaining tours above and below ground.
Fort Scratchley is great for educational family exploration, through tunnels and past exciting things like cannons, with two paid tour types available. Entry is actually free and you're welcome to self guide aorund the above ground elements.
There are picnic tables and a small adventure play area located within the extensive grounds which themselves are great for outdoor games and just running about being knights.
How much does it cost?
- Adults$15 full site paid tour
- Children$7.50 full site paid tour
- Free Under: 4 years
When can we go?
Open 6 days a week, 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays)
Picnic tables available in the grounds..
Any Top Tips?
Last daily paid tour starts at 2.30pm..
Need a little extra help?
Pushchairs and wheelchairs will not be able to access the below ground elements..
Kite flying very popular in the grounds here..
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