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Fort Lytton National Park, Brisbane

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Fort Lytton National Park is located in the suburb of Lytton, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is 13km northeast of the Brisbane CBD near the mouth of the Brisbane River. It contains two historic heritage-listed precincts: Fort Lytton historic military precinct and Lytton Quarantine Station precinct. Each precinct contains many original buildings, while the fort also contains a lot of other structures such as gun-pits, triangulation stations, tunnels and a moat. The national park also houses Fort Lytton Military Museum. Fort Lytton National Park is open on Sundays and public holidays, when admission and guided tours are both free. Access to the park can be arranged at other times and is usually subject to fees.Fort LyttonFort Lytton was constructed in 1880-1881 to protect both the city and the port from naval attack. After the Australian colonies became a federation (the Commonwealth of Australia) in 1901, the fort and the land on which it stood were transferred to the Commonwealth. Fort Lytton continued to operate as a military base until shortly after the Second World War (WW2). It was closed down progressively, the last operation to close being the signal station which closed in 1965. The land and fort were sold to the Ampol oil company in 1963, as the site for a new oil refinery (now the Caltex Refinery). The land contained three parcels that had particular historic significance. These were the land containing the original fort, the land containing Lytton Hill, and the land containing the remains of a WW2 heavy anti-aircraft battery. In 1988 Ampol transferred the parcel containing the original fort to the Queensland Government, and this became Fort Lytton National Park in 1990.
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  • Fort Lytton is an ideal Sunday escape for the whole family. It has a strong appeal to all family members - from grandparents to primary school children. The most common comment we heard as our group t...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our day out at Forty Lytton. The 2 hour guided tour was excellent with one of the volunteers providing a great insight into the past. Would definitely recommend.  more »
  • We are locals and absolutely enjoyed the experience of walking through some history of our home city. We recommend doing the two hour guided tour rather than walking around on your own. Our guide, Gra...  more »
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  • Excellent yr 6 excursion organised through the site. Great seeing students totally engaged - makes everyone's day easier. Highly recommended.
  • Very interesting Park. You can see ships going into Brisbane River, old cannons and military exposition.
  • Lovely spot, could do with some more picnic spaces, but a great hidden historical secret of Brisbane.
  • This is a great place to visit and take in some of the historic land marks. Your inside the airport no fly zone for anyone flying a drone, leave it at home.
  • We loved the experience, we were surprise that even the 11 year old children enjoyed it greatly. The volunteer guide was very knowledgeable as well as very enthusiastic about the Fort and it's history. We definitely recommend this place.

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