Fort Scratchley Historical Society


To Champion Fort Scratchley as a Hunter Heritage Asset of World Class. 

Contact Details

Fort Scratchley Historical Society Inc. 02 4929 3066
Location PO Box 971 Newcastle 2300

Meeting Dates

Contact the office.


The Fort is open 6 days a week, (closed Tuesday) from 10am to 4pm. Admission and self-guided tours to the top area (excluding tunnels) of the Fort is free.

Tunnel Tours

All Tunnel tours must be guided and incur a fee as set out below in the Fee Information. Guided Tours (full site and/or tunnels) are conducted by Society volunteer guides from 10.30 am through out the day with the last tour starting at 2:30pm.

Fort Kiosk

The kiosk is run by the Society volunteers and sells ice creams, chips and drinks. We also have souvenirs for sale.

Firing the 'Big Guns'

The big guns are fired on important days such as:

  • Australia Day weekend
  • Anzac Day
  • June long weekend (anniversary of the shelling of Newcastle on 8th June at 2.17 am 1942)
  • October long weekend / Mattara



Research Facilities

The society has a substantial library. Contact the office.