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Fort Scratchley

About Fort Scratchley

Explore the rich history of Newcastle at Fort Scratchley. This headland has been a prominent lookout for centuries and was even used by local Aborigines. With easy access to coal seams, it played a vital role in shaping the region. Join us on a journey of discovery and learn about the fascinating past of Fort Scratchley.

Discover Fort Scratchley: a historic coastal defence fort situated on Flagstaff Hill, just a stone’s throw from Newcastle’s bustling central business district. With stunning views of the Tasman Sea and the Hunter River, this impressive fortification commands a strategic position overlooking the Hunter River estuary. Easily accessible from Nobbys Road and nestled between Newcastle and Nobbys beaches, a visit to Fort Scratchley is an experience not to be missed.

Fort Scratchley

What to do at Fort Scratchley

Explore the rich history of Fort Scratchley with devoted guides from the Fort Scratchley Historical Society. Their Tunnel Tours offer a one-of-a-kind understanding of this iconic site and are available every day that the Fort is open. Join us for a tour at 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 1.10 pm, 1:40 pm, or 2.30 pm.

Their expertly crafted 60-minute tours will captivate you, but we suggest staying on-site for 90 minutes to get the most out of your experience. Unfortunately, they cannot accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, prams, or strollers due to the narrow stairs and hallways. Ready to plan a trip for your group? Group bookings of 12 or more can be made with ease via email. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to delve into the history of Fort Scratchley!

Say “I do” surrounded by stunning panoramas of Newcastle and capture beautiful photographs at Fort Scratchley. This historic site, where Australia’s first coal mine was created by convicts in 1801, offers an idyllic location for your wedding day. With multiple ceremony and reception options, Fort Scratchley is perfect for any romantic event.

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One local company in Newcastle that is involved in this tourist attraction;

Name: Newcastle Pergolas

Address: 3/82 Selwyn Street Merewether NSW 2291

Telephone: (02) 4003 6075