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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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  • Went there with my young family a few months ago. The real value of this place are the volunteers that come with you along the way and tell you all about it. Gold coin donation for a stunning attracti...  read more »
  • We went as a family with 2 children, and I highly recommend that you join the guided tours that run several times throughout the day. It is all run by volunteers and the entrance & tour fees are by do...  read more »
  • My husband & I had a great time at Fort Lytton National Park. We took the tour which is free and cannot praise it enough. The gentleman that took the tour was very interesting and very informative. We...  read more »
  • A little bit of history in Brisbane. The fort is open most Sundays to the public. Great for photoshoots and wandering around, stay out of the long grass or get eaten by snakes.
  • Mike and the other great officers who work on the Fort Lytton post are a mine of information. The scale of the Fort isn't really much to the eye, but it has a long and varied history. It's worth the trip, and take a morning or early afternoon free guided tour for the full story. Take cash for cold drinks at the little museum and a hat for the short walk around the fort. The guns are still live, and the first Sunday of every 'even' month (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec) they're fired in memoriam. There'll also be the light horse re-enactment next year, for the centenary since the Queensland Light Horse regiments took ship to Europe from the fort. Recent movies like Unbroken have allowed some small refurbishments and restorations. It'd be nice to see more local support so this can continue. It's small scale in historical terms but well worth the trip for any history buff. Support the officers on post and buy souvenirs so their work can continue.
  • The Fort Lytton National Park is not open 24 hours day. It is only open 10am-4pm Sundays.
  • Fort Lytton is quite far away from everything, and the main road to get there takes you through a toll. Then when you get there you can't actually get in because it's locked except for a few hours a week. Bizarre and dissapointing.
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