National Parks


QLD Brisbane - Fort Lytton National Park

Near the mouth of the Brisbane River lie the remains of Fort Lytton, one of several coastal fortifications built along Australia’s coast before federation to safeguard shipping lanes and ports from possible enemy raids.

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 Ampol took over the site in 1963. The fort became a national park in 1988 and today protects this important link with our military past.

Visit the fort 10am to 4pm on Sundays or public holidays. Entry fees apply. Go on a 90 minute–two hour guided tour on Sundays with an experienced and knowledgeable volunteer guide. Groups can book weekday tours through the ranger.

Experience gun firing demonstrations and military re-enactments. Check with the ranger about likely dates.

There are no tracks at the park but walking routes are easy to follow from brochures and rope barriers. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Stay behind the safety barriers. The grass pathways are unsuitable for strollers or wheelchairs.


Fort Lytton is 15km from central Brisbane at Lytton on the southern bank of the Brisbane River.

Further Information

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 15187
City East Q 4002

13 QGOV (13 74 68)