The Fort Museum and Tours are currently closed until further notice in response to the Covid-19 restrictions required by the Victorian Government and Australian Defence. We intend to restart Tours as soon as we are authorised to re-commence.

How many soldiers manned the fort?

A fortress engineer company that operated the searchlights and the minefields and a garrison artillery battery that operated the guns manned Fort Queenscliff. The total war establishment strength of the garrison was about 200 personnel. Militia units based in Melbourne supplemented the garrisons of some of the other forts during wartime. This was a large garrison for a town whose population between 1882-1946 only averaged 2 200.