Fort Lytton National Park, Brisbane

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Fort Lytton National Park's main attraction is Fort Lytton Historic Military Precinct, providing guided tours of historic Fort Lytton, a museum and re-enactments. It is open free on Sundays, Public Holidays and for special events. Access to the park at other times is by appointment only, and is subject to fees. The park was created in 1990 as Queensland's first historic national park. It initially contained only heritage-listed Fort Lytton, a colonial coastal fort that continued to operate as a military base until after the Second World War. The park was extended in 1999 to include Lytton Quarantine Station which occupied abutting land. The Quarantine Station is also heritage-listed, but is only open to the public on special occasions. The park is located in the Brisbane suburb of Lytton, in Queensland, Australia. It is 13km northeast of the Brisbane CBD near the mouth of the Brisbane River.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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  • June 25, 2017
    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 »
  • April 22, 2017
    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 »
  • March 12, 2017
    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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  • July 9, 2017
    Well run place with friendly and informative staff who can give you some background and history to the place. Should you choose to you can also just roam around on your own and check out the fort and guns. It's a great little hidden gem with some interest history. If you go on the right weekends you can also see (and hear) them firing the guns. Great fun for families and a good way to connect with some local military history. Recommended!
  • August 4, 2017
    My partner & I went last Sunday, there would have been 50 people there in the group of all ages. Every person was astounded that we have this hidden secrete place in our city. The gentlemen that guided us was so knowledgeable about the site & all it's history. This place is part of us & our history, a definite must see. Will be back to see another tour soon. Keep up the great work guys.
  • June 25, 2017
    Exploring Fort Lytton was an amazing afternoon. Rich with history and amazing photo opportunity this place is very special. Lovely interactions with the comical & knowlable old veterans.
  • August 6, 2017
    A great piece of Brisbane military history run by very knowledgeable and friendly volunteers.
  • May 19, 2017
    Excellent yr 6 excursion organised through the site. Great seeing students totally engaged - makes everyone's day easier. Highly recommended.

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