Fort Scratchley Historic Site open 6 days a week...10am to 4pm...closed Tuesdays ...Free Entry to site ... paid guided tours of tunnels available at 10.30, 11.30, 1.05, 1.40...last tour 2.30pm...3.45pm LAST gate entry


Fort Scratchley, was formerly a coastal defence installation, now an interactive museum. Located in Newcastle East, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales in Australia (map below). Built in 1882 to defend the city against a possible Russian attack. However, its guns were not fired in anger until 8 June 1942, during the shelling of Newcastle by a Japanese submarine.

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The Australian Army vacated the site in 1972.


Saturday, 14th March, 2020

Research family or friends who served at the Fort

Contact the Research Centre directly HERE


The Fort is under constant restoration by our team of volunteers and we are pleased to welcome visitors during opening hours to take a paid guided tour led by our volunteer guides or just to freely explore the above ground site at your own pace.

The Fort also conducts paid guided tours through the extensive underground tunnel complex.

Western Barbette 80 Pounder gun

FINALLY installed.

Installed on Thursday  5th December 2019....

Ready to fire on Australia Day weekend.

below: Barbette 80pdr. RML 6inch gun first time fired since late 1880s.

Western Barbette 80 pounder gun

Official  dedication firing on


26th January, 2020

Photo - Gary Luxton



The Fort is open 6 days a week, (closed Tuesday) from 10am to 4pm.

Admission and self guided tours (excluding tunnels) of the Fort is free.

Society’s Office

Ph: (02) 4929 3066



Self guided Fort Tour