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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  • An interesting look back at Brisbane's history. Great re-enactment well worth the trip. Take the time to visit the buildings, cannons and bunkers of an era past. Well supported by volunteers passionat...  more »
  • The history is great but the re-enactment is 100% supreme and totally worth attending. I'll be bringing a group of friends, next time  more »
  • There is not a huge amount to see but Fort Lytton is still a fascinating look at Brisbane's colonial history. You can wander around the old fort area and see the disappearing gun and smaller guns inst...  more »
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  • Nice day trip especially if they are firing the cannons. Nice to see the history of Brisbane preserved. While you can explore the grounds on your own, the tour is much better and you get to see and learn a lot more
  • Fantastic place to visit that has an exhibition of wartime vehicles and firing of the canons. Friendly staff and well kept area. A must see for all who enjoy nostalgic events
  • Good place to visit with family. Has guided tours and reenactments. Shows Brisbane and Qlds history since white settlement. Many clubs use the facilities for events so you never know what else you might see. Canons are fired so people sensitive to noise need to be aware.
  • Good day out. Worth going on a day they fire the cannons. There are snakes in the area too.
  • Great place to visit and have a walk around. The only extra thing it could it a few more shady spots to have a sit down.
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