Fort Scratchley Historic Site open 6 days a week...10am to 4pm...closed Tuesdays ...Free Entry to site ... paid guided tours of tunnels available every hour...last tour 2.30pm...

Fort Scratchley, was formerly a coastal defence installation, now a 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.


As a part of the ongoing refurbishment of the Fort and environs, our  Tunnels will be closed from

Monday 17th until Thursday 20th August

to allow for  much needed painting work to proceed.

The Fort grounds will be open to the public during this short period, only the Tunnels will be closed.

We apologise for this short inconvenience

Fort Scratchley Tunnel Complex

to receive a paint makeover.



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