Fort Scratchley

(5 reviews)
1 Nobbys Road, Newcastle, New South Wales  View Map
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By Appointment
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Fort Scratchley is a site steeped in rich history, with a commanding presence from Newcastle’s headland offering couples a unique oceanfront venue to inspire and celebrate their wedding.

Fort Scratchley provides modern and historic venues for momentous events. Our high-quality food and service is delivered by a passionate and professional team, bolstered by our purpose-built accessible facilities. 


The spectacular site is situated on the headland at the entrance to Newcastle Harbour. Built in the late 1800’s, the Fort is widely known for having the most breathtaking panoramic views of Newcastle’s beaches, harbour and city.  


Our function centre is a contemporary light filled space with spectacular views over the ocean ideal for your wedding reception after you've said "I do" on the headland. To add interest to your event, the refurbished Barracks built circa 1886 are made up of two adjoining rooms, Barracks North and South, which open onto a balcony allowing guests to take in the magnificent views and the fresh sea air with cocktail-style events. 


Our in-house catering team, headed up by Executive Chef Mark Rusev, provides couples with quality locally-sourced produce and delicious dining options that can be tailored to suit your needs. With the option of a cocktail reception, three course sharing or plated wedding packages, along with a whole range of optional extras from welcome cocktails to seafood grazing, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to hospitality. A sample of our menu items includes: caramelised onion and Hunter Belle blue moon cheese tartelettes; Aquna Murray cod and wattle seed croquettes with bush tomato relish; and whole slow roasted duck cut and served with a Cointreau and orange game jus, just to inspire your imagination!  


Our standard beverage package includes all strengths of beer, a selection of local wines and non-alcoholic beverages, along with locally roasted coffee and premium leaf teas. Upgrade to the Hunter beverage package to sample a wider showcase of the region's best beers, ciders and wines, including craft favourites Murrays, Tilse's apple cider and Dirt Candy rosé. 



Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 60 / Max 120


Indoors & Outdoors

Ceremony Guests

Min 60 / Max 120

Time restrictions

4:00 PM

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Music must end by

11:00 PM

Questions and Answers

How long can I hire the venues at Fort Scratchley?

Fort Scratchley

Fort Scratchley Function Centre can be hired for any length of time however please note that events must cease by 10pm on Sunday to Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturdays.
The Fort Scratchley Grounds are open to the public 10am to 4pm every day except Tuesday and as such cannot be hired during these times. However the Fort Grounds can be hired exclusively from 4:00pm. For wedding ceremonies we suggest these begin at 4.15pm or 4.30pm.

What happens if it rains? Do I have any wet weather backup options?

Fort Scratchley

To ensure you have a wet weather back up option we suggest you hire the Fort Barracks. If you choose not to hire the Barracks and it is available on the day of your wedding you will be offered to use this as a wet weather option, however if someone else has booked the space for a function it will not be available. To ensure you have a wet weather option we suggest you hire the Barracks or make alternative arrangements.

What parking is available at Fort Scratchley?

Fort Scratchley

Fort Scratchley has parking for approximately 30 vehicles in our event carpark on site.

How long will you hold my booking for without a deposit?

Fort Scratchley

A tentative booking may be held for up to seven business days. In the event that someone else challenges for the date within this period you will have until the end of the seven days to confirm the booking and after this time the hold will be released

What do I have to do to confirm my booking?

Fort Scratchley

Bookings are considered as confirmed once you pay the full venue hire amount and sign and return the venue hire agreement to our Team.


(5 reviews)
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29 Nov 2014

They were excellent. Couldn't complain, all really good

Fort Scratchley  

Thank you so much Felicity!

2 May 2014

amazing venue and fantastic staff! made for the perfect venue for our reception

Fort Scratchley  

Thank you Kristy, we are so glad you enjoyed your day.

29 Mar 2014

We were lucky enough to have the most breathtaking ceremony location. The staff were wonderful and the Volunteer group very helpful on the lead up. We had our reception in the Barracks overlooking the city at night. The view was fantastic.

Fort Scratchley  

Thank you Jacqueline :)

6 Sep 2019

As far as my new wife and I are concerned this is the best location in Newcastle to get married. The iconic buildings in the Fort make for an amazing backdrop in addition to the amazing views of all of Newcastle. The Fort is also closed to the public to ensure maximum privacy.

8 Mar 2013

Fantastic venue


1 Nobbys Road, Newcastle, New South Wales

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