Fort Scratchley will reopen to the public six days a week between 10am and 4pm, from Sunday 1 November 2020. 

The Fort remains closed on Tuesdays.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Fort Scratchley!

Built in 1882 as a former coastal defence installation to defend Newcastle against a possible Russian attack, Fort Scratchley is now a museum. It is located in Newcastle East, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales in Australia. The Fort’s guns were not fired in anger until 8 June 1942 during the shelling of Newcastle. The Australian Army left the site in 1972.

The community can enjoy a COVIDSafe historical experience with tunnel and gun emplacement tours, daily gun firings at 1pm, and access to external grounds, galleries and static exhibitions each day except Tuesday. 

Bookings are not required for free general admission; however, visitors will need to scan a QR code on entry for contact tracing purposes. Tunnel tours do require a booking and spaces are limited.

Prepaid bookings can be made online for tunnel tours with a maximum of six people per group. 

Visit the Fort Scratchley or City of Newcastle websites to learn more about how we are keeping you safe while welcoming you back to the Fort. 

Guided tours are led by passionate Fort Scratchley Historical Society volunteers with a wealth of knowledge about the site.

From 1 November a modified Tunnel Tour is available. The Tunnel Tour provides unique insight into the history of the site.

Tunnel Tours must be booked and pre-paid online as capacity is limited. Tours are offered at regular intervals each day the Fort is open: 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.10pm 1:40pm, 2.30pm.

The tour duration is 60 minutes, yet it is recommended you allow 90 minutes on site.

Unfortunately, due to the narrow stairs and hallways, the tour is unsuitable for wheelchairs, walkers, prams & strollers.

Tour Prices

Adult $13.00
Children 4 -14 yrs (<4yrs free) $7.00
Concession $8.50
Family (2 adults + 2 children) $33.00
Infants* Free
*Registration is required for contact tracing purposes

Booking information

Bookings are essential, please pre-purchase your tour tickets online using link the above.

To comply with current Public Health Orders the venues capacity is limited to 6 visitors per Tunnel Tour. Please register all bodies who will be visiting the exhibition including infants.

Your ticket allows you to visit the tunnels during the allocated time of your tour with a Fort Scratchley Historical Society volunteer only.
If you are with a group larger than 6 people you will have to book the remainder of your group at another given tour time.

Once you have made your booking, please read the booking confirmation email which will let you know how to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

The tour meeting point is the Artillery Store.

Tunnel Tours are currently available each day the Fort is open (Open every day except for Tuesdays, 10am to 4pm).


Read the FAQS for further information about visiting Fort Scratchley and the COVID Safe plan.