Fort Scratchley

Fort Scratchley Historic Site, with its commanding position guarding the Hunter River Estuary, is undoubtedly Newcastle’s most spectacular vantage point and is worth the visit for the view alone.

It’s naval significance was recognised early and in 1876, with fears of Russian attack, the British Government sent Major General Sir William Jervois and Lieutenant Colonel Peter Scratchley to advise on naval defences. Under the direction of Jervois and Scratchley, Colonial Architect James Barnet oversaw construction of the Fort.

Designed around a battery of three guns facing eastward in an arc to the ocean, with other guns covering the harbour to north and west the, site presents both a striking visual and strategic history.

Join in a guided tour to explore the many layers of occupation this site has seen. Take a peek into our past–visit the Barracks, join the Tunnel tour and see our Big Guns!

Artillery store

The kiosk sells ice creams, chips, drinks and souvenirs.

Contact & Visit

Fort Scratchley
Off Nobbys Road
Newcastle
Contacts

(02) 4929 3066

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Entry Fees

Free self-guided tours of the site (not tunnels)

Tunnel tours
Adult $12.50
Child $6.50 (4 - 14 years)
Family $32.00 (2 adults + 2 children)
Concession $8.00

Full site tours
Adult $16.00
Child $8.00 (4 - 14 years)
Family $38.00 (2 adults + 2 children)
Concession $9.00

Opening Hours

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm