Education

Fort Scratchley is open with modified operations. Special events and group visits are temporarily suspended.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 


Tunnel tours, gun firings, concerts and special events such as Australia Day and ANZAC Day are just some of the activities that make Fort Scratchley a fascinating place for locals, tourists and families to visit.

Fort Scratchley provides a unique and accessible educational experience right in the heart of Newcastle.

Australia’s involvement with World War II is part of the primary school curriculum. A visit to Fort Scratchley can provide students with first-hand knowledge of how WWII impacted upon Newcastle.

School visits

Fort Scratchley is welcomes school visits.

Group tours are led by passionate Fort Scratchley Historical Society volunteers. There are two types of tours.

  • Site and full tunnel tour: Runs around 90 minutes. Allow two hours on site.
  • Tunnel tour: Runs around 60 minutes. Allow 90 minutes on site.

Tours start from 10.30am with the last tour departing at 2.30pm. Other times are available by appointment.
 
Download the   School Booking Form or contact 02 4974 1422 or fortscratchleytours@ncc.nsw.gov.au for bookings.
 
Schools will be provided with student worksheets prior to a visit. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

More information

Visit Susan Kerrigan’s website to take an interactive guided tour of the different communities who used Fort Scratchley including Awabakal, Coal Mining, Maritime, Military and Theatre.

There are also publications and a video available from your local City of Newcastle Library, University of Newcastle Library or for purchase from The Fort Scratchley Artillery Store.