We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fort Scratchley

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Review Highlights
A British Fort Built to Stop An Invasion

By the late 1870’s Newcastle was booming as a sea port, such was the extent of the wealth being... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Newcastle, Australia
What a delightful piece of History in Newcastle

This historical site was a pleasure to visit. The staff were very welcoming and knowledgeable. The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sydney, Australia
via mobile
Read all 673 reviews
All photos (318)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good34%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tunnel tour”(100 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
See all hours
Nobbys Rd, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
+61 2 4927 0889
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Newcastle
from USD 124.90
More Info
from USD 66.10
More Info
from USD 25.00
More Info
from USD 51.40
More Info
Reviews (673)
Filter reviews
664 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews tunnel tour volunteer guides military history historical place interesting history piece of history gun emplacements above ground great tour small fee cruise ship worth a visit amazing views world war free entry hunter river visiting newcastle
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 664 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago

By the late 1870’s Newcastle was booming as a sea port, such was the extent of the wealth being exported from Newcastle & other Australian ports that the British Government became concerned that Australia could be invaded & its natural resources seized by a foreign...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank boatsweep56
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This historical site was a pleasure to visit. The staff were very welcoming and knowledgeable. The site was well looked after and the displays were interesting and informative. What a great example of a community project honouring the role of people in the history of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank festinalentecon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Tour of the Fort I think should include a brief history of the Coal Mine below where Convicts were sent to work in appalling conditions where it was damp and freezing cold . I am told it was the first Coal Mine under Fort...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sandra L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful spot, at the top of the mountain. The staff were nice and helpful. Had the most stunning view of the port and bay.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank shu679
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great historical displays giving insight into early Newcastle from a military angle. Some informative displays and information signage. At one in the afternoon daily a replica canon is fired as a time marker as it was in years gone by a real highlight. The majority...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank c3017599
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for a kids birthday party and was very impressed with the site, the views and Fort Scratchley's itself very well maintained and the kids loved it and so did I. If you are just visiting well worth a look and if you live in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank N1648FOdavid
Reviewed 19 October 2018

Found this attraction very interesting and the volunteer and X and service personnel very very helpful and informative. A great attraction and fantastic views of Newcastle and a wonderful 2 hours there.ENTRY IS FREE BUT CAN LEAVE A DONATION.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rod S
Reviewed 15 October 2018

On a pouring rain day in Newcastle there isn't much to do so we took a chance on Fort Scratchley. We spent a wonderful few hours in the dry with a knowledgeable tour guide and learnt a lot along the way. Well worth visiting even...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jadecals
Reviewed 9 October 2018

we found this by mistake , en route elsewhere, and in rain but are very pleased we did as it is very good, great views, and fascinating educational info re WW2 japanese sub attack, and coal industry.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Graham w
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Lovely place great tour of our history. Lovely views. You get to hear the cannons firing! Highly reccomended!

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank bombergirlcorinne
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 26 nearby hotels
Newcastle Beach Hotel
180 reviews
.23 km away
Quality Hotel Noah's On the Beach
597 reviews
.42 km away
Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle
161 reviews
.68 km away
Novotel Newcastle Beach
967 reviews
.69 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 662 nearby restaurants
437 reviews
.59 km away
East End Hub
270 reviews
.65 km away
693 reviews
.50 km away
The Grain Store Craft Beer Cafe
335 reviews
.42 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 145 nearby attractions
Bathers Way Coastal Walk
119 reviews
.29 km away
Nobbys Head and Breakwall
172 reviews
.06 km away
Nobbys Beach
623 reviews
.06 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Andrea L
15 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from Louise Danielle S | Reviewed this property |
Yes the entry cost was around about what the other reviews have said $12 and worth every cent,,,,, a Great find in Newcastle run by passionate well informed volunteers
27 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Julius777 |
Hi yes it is open 6 days away from 10 to 4pm it is closed Tuesdays.
Jonathan H
14 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from Ken A | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but I would think Yes. Perhaps not in the tunnels!