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
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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