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Review of Fort Scratchley

Fort Scratchley
Ranked #4 of 84 things to do in Newcastle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 11, 2014

a lot of history and the staff were very kind and helpful,beautiful scenery and loved the museum and tunnels.

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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We walked to Fort Scratchley. There was a bus tour as we arrived and we declined to join the 22 seniors on the tour of the tunnels and said we would wait for the next one. We explored the grounds for an hour including our picnic lunch overlooking the harbour. The coal ships coming in are enormous. There was one photo of the harbour full of sailing ships in the 1800s. They said one super ship now holds more coal than all those ships together.

The breakwaters were also reinforced with rubble from the 1906 earthquake in San Fran. They would have gotten coal in exchange.

We learned that the Japanese fired on Newcastle in the war...something like 34 bombs, but only a few exploded, they were made in England for the First World War. The sub hid in the harbour's only blind spot, thus enabling them to bomb freely.

We did the tunnel tour with our guide Bruce, a lady and her two kids, much better than 22 seniors. I've got nothing against seniors, but ...That was a lot of people for the space for the tour. The Fort was built for the Crimean war between England and Russia, but it was never used for that. It was used to keep ships from leaving the harbour without paying their port taxes and of course the only action for WWII.

Every time we turned around we had guides and the ticket staff talking to us, taking us to show us something we might have missed or unlocking a room most don't get to see. I guess it was a slow day. Thanks to Bruce, Ian, Al and David plus others. We walked down to the baths to soak our feet and slowly worked our way out the breakwater past Nobby's Beach and lighthouse.

1  Thank Mari Anne H
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We visited with a shore excursion when our cruise stayed one day in Newcastle.the volunteer guide told us that it's guns were that only one that fired in Australia main land against a Japanese submarine in World War Two .it is nice but involves a lot of walking and steps.

Thank Mostafa A
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

What a fantastic place to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed a guided tour into the tunnels of Fort Scratchley by a volunteer who knew his stuff. The guns, the design of the fort, and personal stories were told and no sign of commercialism here. We were more than happy to offer up a donation for the upkeep of this historical site. Well worth a visit when in Newcastle. The views around the fort were spectular. What a spot.

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

We visited Fort Scratchley on Australia Day and really enjoyed all the activity including a variety of vintage army transportation for children and adults to sit in, cannons of all sizes which were fired throughout the day and other large army relics. The volunteers were dressed in a variety of army clothing from the past and they were so interesting to talk to and obviously really enjoyed sharing their knowledge. From the Fort we had an amazing view of the harbour and the city of Newcastle. The tunnel tour was also interesting and my children aged 9 - 13 agreed that it was an excellent tourist attraction for all ages.

Thank Ali G
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