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.

2015 - 2016 Cruise Schedule


Pacific Dawn

Monday, 23 November 2015  8.00  17.00


Pacific Jewel

Tuesday, 24 November 2015  8.00  18.00


Azamara Quest

Wednesday, 13 January 2016  8.00  21.00


Pacific Aria

Wednesday, 27 January 2016  8.00  18.00


Silver Whisper

Monday, 15 February 2016  7.00  17.00


Radiance of the Seas

Friday, 19 February 2016  8.00  17.00


Queen Elizabeth

Monday, 22 February 2016  8.00  18.00


Pacific Aria

Wednesday, 2 March 2016  8.00  18.00


Celebrity Solstice

Saturday, 19 March 2016  8.00  18.00



Sunday, 8 May 2016  8.00  20.00


*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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