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About Fort Lytton
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.
- Read more about the culture and history of Fort Lytton National 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.
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.
For all educational enquiries, please contact:
For more information about the history, activities and tours of Fort Lytton, please contact:
- Fort Lytton Historical Association
- Queensland Military Historical Society
- Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network
For more information about activities, tours and accommodation in the Brisbane region, please contact:
- Brisbane Visitor Information Centre
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane Qld 4002
ph (07) 3006 6290
fax (07) 3006 6250
- Wynnum Manly Tourism & Visitor Information Centre
1 Wyvernleigh Close, Manly Qld 4179
ph (07) 3348 3524
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
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
- Temporary suspension of public events and activities at Fort Lytton National Park 7 May to 1 October 2020