“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 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.”
"The Fort Scratchley Historic Site can be accessed by people with a range of mobility issues but it should be noted that there is uneven ground on site. There is also a significant incline to reach the top of the site.
As the tunnels were developed in the 1800s they are not suited to those with mobility issues. The tunnels have stairs, uneven ground and narrow walkways."General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Disabled parking access
- Accessible toilet
The following are excerpts from Havewheelchairwilltravel.net:
"The walk to the top where the canons are located is paved but steep and due to the historic nature of the buildings they have a step up into them and narrow doorways. For some families this may be doable and Hubby was certainly taken with the canons and views from the top.
There is an accessible restroom and disabled parking bays. Bypass the first car park and go to the one closest to the entrance. This avoids one hill and there are marked disabled parking bays."Other accessibility information:
Accessible Newcastle at Havewheelchairwilltravel.net (under "Fort Scratchley")