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by Rebecca Lawrence (subscribe)
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Published June 7th 2012
Big guns never fail to impress. Big kids and little will be equally blown away by the noise and smoke as the 64 pounder and the 6 pounder at Fort Lytton are fired by the Queensland Permanent Artillary (A Battery) and the Brisbane Garrison Battery.

Fort Lytton is a fascinating piece of Brisbane's history, just 18kms down river from today's CBD. Built in 1881 as a strategic fortress to protect against foreign aggression, it was still protecting us from air attacks in Word War 1. Originally it was designed to support underwater river mines from a hidden tunnel but as technology advanced bigger and better guns were installed, many of them remain to impress a whole new generation of little boys today. The fort is a pentagon shape entered via a bridge and is the only fortress in Australia surrounded by a water filled moat which still laps grass covered parapets ideal for taking in the scene below.

Take a picnic with you as it is a great day out for the whole family from grandparents to toddlers. Young children will be happy to run amok in the tunnels and underground storerooms delighting in their own echoes. More mature visitors may choose to pay a gold coin donation and enjoy a tour guided by volunteer veterans many of whom have personal experiences to retell of the Fort.

Several times a year the guns are fired and on special occasions re-enactments bring history to life for those who prefer a little more zip in their history. Volunteers are passionate about preserving our proud military history and love having their pictures taken so at the next firing on Sunday October 2nd 2011, don't be shy, aim that camera and shoot!
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Why? Experience history firsthand
Where: Fort Lytton National Park
Cost: Free
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