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

Gun Firing Schedule - MARCH HERE


25th APRIL 2019

Research family or friends who served at the Fort

Contact the Research Centre directly HERE


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.

The Australian Army vacated the site in 1972.

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....!



On the 11th November 2018, Fort Scratchley commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War with a spectacular display of poppies knitted and crocheted by people from Australia wide.


There was also a fly past with aircraft from RAAF Base, Williamtown as well as re-enactors were on parade.


Wreaths were laid.





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