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Fort Scratchley

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Address: Nobbys Rd, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
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+61 2 4927 0889
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 16:00

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An authentic experience of an interesting piece of Australia's coastal defence.

Take the underground tour. Good guides and well restored gunnery and facilities- fascinating. Go at 1.00pm for the firing of an old canon.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Graeme B
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the underground tour. Good guides and well restored gunnery and facilities- fascinating. Go at 1.00pm for the firing of an old canon.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove up to the Fort which is within walking distance from the CBD and were very impressed. Entrance is free and you can walk around the top of the fort, inspect the cannons, walk through restored rooms and examine displays. View of the town, river mouth and surrounding areas is excellent. We paid $8 each and did the 1.5... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent an afternoon here on a day when showers and grey skies were happening. For war and history buffs this place is very interesting. I would particularly recommend the tunnels tour. Even if you are a bit claustrophobic. We had a lady who was and she handled it well. Our guide, an older lady, knew her stuff and kept... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fabulous 2 hour tour through the tunnels of the fort with a very informative guide. The scenery is breath taking from the walls of the fort. Highly recommend a visit to the fort.

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Thank DianeC113
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fort Scratchley is a must to visit to see how we defended our shoreline Well preserved close to the city and beaches

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was already near the top of the hill as we'd walked up Hunter street, but views and history worth a climb from sea level. Amazing.

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Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fort Scratchley was very significant in time of war for the protection of Newcastle. Now it is a well presented historic site with dedicated and knowledgeable guides who make the walk through the tunnels and inspection of the guns and quarters underground quite interesting.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did you know Fort Scratchley fired at a Japanese sub in WWII that made it all the way to these shores? Did you know there are hidden tunnels around the Fort for exploring? It's a pretty amazing - and free - place to visit with a lot of history.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had our daughters wedding reception at Fort scratchley about 2 yeaqrs ago. They opened up the barricks for predinner drinks and canapes overlooking the harbour. On sunset with a ship coming in was magnificent. The views are stunning from the function room overlooking the beach and baths . The staff and food were amazing

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fort Scratchley is well preserved with volunteers constantly adding to and improving the exhibits. The Guns and their emplacements are an astonishing reminder of the early defense of our coastline. The tunnel tour is a must do (it's really inexpensive) and you get a very knowledgeable and personable volunteer guide who is well versed in the story of the fort... More 

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