Fort Scratchley, was formerly a coastal defence installation, it is now a museum. It is located in Newcastle East, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales in Australia (map below). It was 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 runs paid guided tours through the extensive underground tunnel complex.
The Fort Scratchley Collection is pleased to be the recipient of an original Japanese Navy star shell that was fired on Newcastle on the 8th June 1942.
JAPANESE SUBMARINE STAR SHELL ADDED TO MUSEUM COLLECTION
FORT SCRATCHLEY OPENING HOURS
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.
Ph: (02) 4929 3066