Fort Scratchley was built back in 1882 to protect Newcastle's shores from a possible Russian invasion. Back in 1942 when Japanese submarines came into Newcastle waters, there was a fight and one of the submarines sunk.This submarine is rumoured to still be under the water down near Nobby's Beach right in the heart of Newcastle's CBD.
I recently went to Fort Scratchley with my mum for the first time to have a look around. Unfortunately, it isn't as good as it used to be. It now costs you money to go down and have a look at all the tunnels whereas it was always free. With that being said, the prices aren't that extensive so if you have $12 or so, it would definitely be worth a look.
Guns have been removed and canons are now surrounded by barriers.
At 1pm every day the Historical Society provide us with a taste of what it would have been like working with alongside a canon. They set the canon off and the noise is so incredibly loud.
I recommend that you go and have a walk around and see the quarters where the soldier's used to live and go and watch the canon but unfortunately it used to be better. It is slightly boring now but in the end, it's the history that counts and what Fort Scratchley is remembered by.