Trip Planner:   South Pacific  /  Australia  /  Queensland  /  Brisbane Region  /  Brisbane  /  Historic Sites  /  Fort Lytton National Park

Fort Lytton National Park, Brisbane

(75+ reviews on the web)
Historic Site
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.
Plan your visit to Fort Lytton National Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Brisbane vacation generator.
Source
Create a full Brisbane itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Brisbane

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Brisbane by other users

29 days in Australia & Honolulu BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Australia BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Brisbane BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Brisbane BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Australia BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, kids, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Australia BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Australia BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 55 days in Australia BY A USER FROM NORWAY July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 59 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • You have to be a real Brisbane history buff to make this trip worth your wile - discover how the early settlers opened up this area  more »
  • Fort Lytton National Park includes the old Fort and Quarantine Station. The Fort was built in 1881 and was used as a defence for Brisbane up until WWII. We took a guided tour (which is free but you ca...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • Good place to learn some world war 2 history. Open Sundays only.
  • 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.
  • Great experience!