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.


October Long Weekend

OPEN DAY at the Fort

October Open Day, includes Military Vehicles and gun displays, Museum section and Tunnel Tours.

Monday 5th October

Fort opens 10am,Guns fired 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Public most welcome to attend, Entry to Fort is FREE


Tunnel Tours are escorted and incur a small entry fee.

Coffee and Charity Food stalls open all day.

Come along and bring the kids for a great day out.

Music of the Guns tickets go on sale at Ticketek on

November 2nd. Be sure to get them early as these

are limited to 1000 people and they go quickly.

Contact the Research Centre directly HERE

Research family or friends who served at the Fort



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