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.
ANZAC Day at the Fort
Courtesy NBN TV
If you would like to help as a volunteer, as a Guide, Shop Helper, Workshop Crew or even Gun Crew, please call the Fort Office in business hours on the number at the bottom of this page.
Fort Scratchley signals HMAS Newcastle on entering Newcastle Port.
Our City - Our Ship
Research family or friends who served at the Fort
Contact the Research Centre directly HERE