Fort Scratchley, was formerly a coastal defence installation, now an 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....!
Supercars Race Preparations
The Fort will be closed to public access from the Friday 23rd reopening on Wednesday 28th.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Come and meet two Supercar drivers...
Thursday 22nd at around midday we will have
Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin
on site to fire No 2 6i nch gun.
Public is most welcome.
Fort Scratchley gratefully acknowledges the contribution by the Public to our call for people to make remembrance poppies for Remembrance Day Ceremony on 11th November 2018. and to the fabulous volunteers who assembled the display
Research family or friends who served at the Fort
Contact the Research Centre directly HERE
NOTICE OF SERVICE
On the 11th November 2018, Fort Scratchley commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War with a spectacular display of poppies knitted and crocheted by people from Australia wide.
There was also a fly past with aircraft from RAAF Base, Williamtown as well as re-enactors were on parade.
Wreaths were laid.
Poppy display will be viewable for 2 weeks after the 11th
Salute to the Australian Light Horse - 11-11-2018
Note: The Purple Poppies on the bridle are in memory
of the animals killed in the Great War