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Fort Lytton

The fortifications at Lytton are one of the few 19th Century military establishments surviving in Queensland, and is a most tangible link with Queensland's military history and the way in which it influenced our past.

Constructed at the township of Lytton near the mouth of the Brisbane River, the Fort assumed the name of its locality.
Work began in 1880/81 and for the rest of the century there were considerable adaptions and modifications. The area surrounding the Fort was used for defence purposes until the end of the second World War, after which it was virtually abandoned.
It was acquired by Ampol Pty Ltd as part of a land package for an oil refinery. This refinery was built, but thankfully the Fort and its immediate area was retained.

After many years of extensive lobbying by interest groups such as The Arms Collectors' Guild of Queensland Inc., the Fort was finally handed back to the people and placed in the care of the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS); and it is they who manage its day-to-day operations.

The entrance to Fort Lytton National Park is located at the corner of Lytton Road and South Street, Lytton ( QLD UBD Map 142, Q9).

In recent times it has become somewhat of a focus for local living history groups.



Directions

The entrance to Fort Lytton National Park is located at the corner of Lytton Road and South Street, Lytton( QLD UBD Map 142, Q9).
The fort itself borders onto the Brisbane River on the opposite bank to Brisbane International Airport. It lies between the River and Wynnum.

From the North:
Travelling down the Bruce Highway, proceed onto the Gateway Motorway/ Arterial Road (this the the first on-ramp to your left when you enter the boundary of the City of Brisbane i.e. cross the bridge over the Pine River) and continue until you reach the other side of the Gateway Bridge - stay in the left hand lane - and immediately after the toll booths take the left off-ramp and continue to turn left at the traffic lights.
This is now Lytton Road and you will remain on it until South St is reached - journey down South St until you see the entrance to the National Park.

From the South:
Travelling on the Pacific Highway, continue along until it becomes the South-East freeway (approx. at Springwood) and take the left-hand on-ramp onto the Gateway Motorway/ Arterial Road - this will also be indicated by signs showing the direction to Brisbane International Airport.
Proceed along this and take the Lytton Road off-ramp just prior to the Gateway Bridge toll booths - if you reach these booths, you have gone too far - do NOT cross the Gateway Bridge.
Having taken this off-ramp, this is now Lytton Road and you will remain on it until South St is reached - journey down South St until you see the entrance to the National Park.

From the West (indirect route):
Travelling on either the Cunningham or Warrego Highways, continue along until it becomes the Ipswich Motorway/ Road and take continue until Rocklea, where you will follow the road to your right (Granard Road) and continue along this as it changes to Kessels Road then Mt.Gravatt-Capalaba Road.
Just after Wishart, you will take the left-hand on-ramp onto the Gateway Motorway/ Arterial Road - this will also be indicated by signs showing the direction to Brisbane International Airport.

Proceed along this and take the Lytton Road off-ramp just prior to the Gateway Bridge toll booths - if you reach these booths, you have gone too far - do NOT cross the Gateway Bridge.
Having taken this off-ramp, this is now Lytton Road and you will remain on it until South St is reached - journey down South St until you see the entrance to the National Park.


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