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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  • They have a tour here. Because the fort is situated at the head of the brisbane river, it can get rather cold. Wear something warm.  more »
  • We took the young grandchildren here during the school holidays and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The volunteers were fantastic in explaining the history. The kids enjoyed exploring the fort. We....  more »
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  • Greg was an amusing and engaging Guide last Sunday at our first Fort Lytton visit. His knowledge of the Fort's and indeed, the prevailing State, National and International circumstances added depth and insight. We had a totally lovely time and will recommend a Fort Lytton tour to others. We, also will be back for the firing of the canon. Julie and Peter Smith.
  • Wow.... We went for the canon firing & we were not disappointed, they were loud & it was fabulous to see these in use, overall it is a great place full of history, wonderful characters & great photo opportunities.
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