From time to time Special Events occur at the Fort. These include celebration of Austalia Day (26th January), Queen's Birthday (First weekend in June) and on certain Public Holidays. The most important event is on ANZAC DAY (25th April) in conjunction with the Remembrance Service.


During the CRUISE SHIP visiting season (October to May) the guns are fired in salute on departure of the ships from Newcastle Harbour, generally three rounds are fired. These gun salutes may be seen from the park area below the Fort near Horseshoe Beach or from across the harbour on the Stockton Foreshore and are particularly spectacular at night.


Night Salute as cruise ship departs.

2018 Cruise Schedule


                                                             ARRIVE DEPART


Celebrity Solstice  3 January 2018          08:00  17:00


Pacific Eden**   25 January 2018             08:00  18:00


Radiance of the Seas   30 January 2018  08:00  17:00


MS Regatta**   15 Febrary 2018              08:00  18:00


Norwegian Jewel**  21 February 2018     08:00  17:00


Queen Elizabeth   1 March 2018              08:00  18:00


Radiance of the Seas  30 March 2018     08:00  17:00


Celebrity Solstice  31 March 2018            08:00  17:00


Celebrity Solstice  30 October 2018         08:00  17:00


Viking Spirit**    15 December 2018         12:00  23:00


** Maiden Voyage


*Cruise ship arrival and departure times are subject to change dependent on other shipping movements in the port.


Port exit time is approximately 30 minutes after the published departure time.


The Fort's gun salutes departing cruise ship

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