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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
10:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 16:00

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Perfect for Anzac Day.

Me and my partner visited here for Anzac Day. Perfect views with a vast amount of knowledge on offer via person or notice boards. Offered fantastic views and cannons were even... read more

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Me and my partner visited here for Anzac Day. Perfect views with a vast amount of knowledge on offer via person or notice boards. Offered fantastic views and cannons were even being shot in remembrance. They do also offer fully guided tours.

Thank LPK16
Newcastle, Australia
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great way to spend an afternoon on Anzac Day. We had a shortened tour of the tunnels, which is a great history lesson. We also watched the cannons go off at 3pm !!! Fantastic to witness, but very loud. Great place to take visitors from overseas.

Thank Jo P
Canberra, Australia
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Perched above Newcastle, this is a great place to visit. We did the tunnel tour which was great. It went for close to 90 minutes and our tour guide was both funny and knowledgeable.

Thank Kate S
Clovis, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're off the cruise ship and looking for an easy walk and something to do I highly recommend Fort Scratchley. It's an moderately easy walk from where the cruise shuttle drops you off. It is at the top of a small hill so do you take that into consideration. Entry is free and your give a nice self guided... More 

Thank foreveryoungtraveler
Houston, Texas
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fort Scratchley is in great condition, and there were numerous volunteers providing excellent commentary...really brought it to life.

Thank Susan S
Newcastle, Australia
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed walking around this historical place especially knowing real war action had taken place here. Interesting military history memorabilia to look at. Gorgeous views of Newcastle so be sure to have your camera. Can wander around at your own leisure or on a guided tour. Doesn't take a lot of time to get around.

Thank Tracey H
Brisbane, Australia
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179 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Free attraction would suit older people, groups and anyone interested in military history. We came at 1pm and were lucky enough to see the firing of the gun! From the fort there are the best views of Newcastle, a 360 degree view of this beautiful city, the harbour, lighthouse and the beaches so great photo ops. Newcastle is great at... More 

Thank PennyLawes
Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have a look at this. it's worth the walk and wander. Interesting collection of artifacts and ideas. Fantastic view from the direction and range tower. One of the better Australian forts to check out.

Thank AndyI200
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Heading up to fort scratchy on a fairly average day weather wise. We didn't take a tour, therefore found the place a little underwhelming.

Thank Gabrielle C
Manchester, United Kingdom
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319 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The fort was built in the nineteenth century to defend against invasion from Russia, which understandably never came, although it appears to have been on war footing pretty much ever since. However, it did come under fire from a Japanese submarine during WW11, the only part of the Australian mainland ever to have done so. It is staffed by a... More 

Thank Nick T

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