The historic Fort Lytton is situated on the southern banks of the Brisbane River. It was built in 1881 and formed part of the front line of defence for Brisbane. The fort is a classical example of a pentagonal fortress surrounded by a water filled moat.
Fort Lytton was not only used as a defensive position but also as a training camp till the end of World War II. The fort fell into disrepair until Ampol took over the site in 1963. It became a national park in 1988 which today not only protects Fort Lytton but also Lytton Quarantine Station.
The Quarantine Station was opened in 1915. People and animals suspected of carrying diseases where examined and cared for here. Although some of the buildings were removed after the station’s closure in 1982, quite a few still remain on site. They are not open to the public, but information signs around the area give a good indication of the early quarantine practices.
Fort Lytton is open to the public on Sundays only, from 10am to 4pm. A small entrance fee applies which include a guided tour. You are welcome to walk around the site on your own, but we would strongly recommend the tour for a more informative experience. Plan your visit to coincide with the firing of the original 64-pounders which take place on the first Sunday of every second month (next one being the 5th of April 2009) as well as on the Queen’s birthday. More photos.
The entrance to Fort Lytton National Park is at the corner of Lytton Road and South Street, Lytton.