Fort Lytton National Park Brisbane

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About Fort Lytton

    Park features

    Fort Lytton is one of several coastal fortifications built along Australia's coast in the 19th century to safeguard shipping lanes and ports from possible enemy raids.

    From 1881 until the 1930s, Fort Lytton was Brisbane's front line of defence and is regarded as the birthplace of Queensland's military history. Regular training camps in military warfare were a highlight of Queensland's political and social calendar.

    This classic example of a coastal fortress was surrounded by a water-filled moat, and its heavy armaments were concealed behind grassy ramparts connected by underground passages. After World War II, the fort had outlived its usefulness and fell into disrepair until petroleum refining company Ampol took over the site in 1963. The fort became a national park in 1989 which today protects this important link with our military past.

    Looking after the park

    • Barricades are for the protection of structures and people—please stay behind them.
    • Fort structures have suffered from environmental factors such as weather and fire. Please help preserve them from further damage by not sitting, standing or leaning on any fort structures.
    • Fishing is not allowed in the park.

    See Caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Fort Lytton National Park to conserve its natural and cultural resources, to present these resources and their values, and to ensure that use of these resources is ecologically sustainable. A management plan for Fort Lytton National Park will be prepared in the future.

    Tourism information links

    For all educational enquiries, please contact:

    Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre
    PO Box 373, Wynnum QLD 4178
    ph (07) 3906 9111
    fax (07) 3906 9100

    For more information about the history, activities and tours of Fort Lytton, please contact:

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    Further information

    Fort Lytton National Park

    South Street, Lytton
    PO Box 293, Wynnum QLD 4178
    Ph (07) 3393 4647

    • The Go Back in Time program offers exciting and innovative ways to visit and experience some of the premier heritage sites in Moreton Bay.

    • The Go Back in Time program has a strong educational focus with many activities using theatre-in-education (TIE) techniques designed to engage students' imagination. To ensure a high quality program, all activities and tours below are accredited and developed in conjunction with Education Queensland.

    • The natural, cultural and historical significance of Fort Lytton

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.