One of the jewels in Newcastle’s historical and cultural crowns will be open to the public once again, from this weekend.
Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions vista hounds and history buffs will be able to explore the grounds of historic Fort Scratchley from 10am to 4pm, starting from this Saturday 4 July.
“It’s fantastic that both locals and visitors can once again explore one of Newcastle’s most iconic landmarks and learn more about the important role Fort Scratchley played in our city’s history” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
“Visitors may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the humpbacks currently migrating north along the coastline, with the Fort headland offering one of the city’s most spectacular vantage points for whale watching.”
Access will be granted to the outdoor areas of Fort Scratchley, allowing self-guided tours around the barracks and above-ground defence structures, while visitors can witness the time-honoured tradition of the firing the gun at 1pm on weekends.
The large grassed headland is also ideal for those wanting to enjoy a picnic or take advantage of the panoramic views of the ocean and harbour.
Capacity limits will apply for those who want to visit the museum exhibition rooms, gift shop or onsite café, while guided tours of the historic tunnels and group bookings remain temporarily suspended.
Also, visitors are urged to practice stringent social distancing while following the signage, floor markers and directions of Fort Scratchley Historical Society volunteers.
Fort Scratchley will reopen from 10am to 4pm on weekends only, from Saturday 4 July. General admission entry is free and no bookings are required.