Experience war history in Fort Lytton night tours

TOURS of Brisbane's historic Fort Lytton are now operating at night, with lantern-lit theatre promenades bringing to life the wartime experiences of a decorated soldier from Brisbane at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef Dr Steven Miles said the tours at Fort Lytton National Park, near the mouth of the Brisbane River, were developed by the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing to mark the Anzac Centenary.

"We're now commemorating the first year that Australian troops served on the Western Front," he said.

"By the end of 1915 more than 218,000 Australians had enlisted and by early 1916 many had left for the front lines in all theatres of the war, while those at home debated the conscription issue."

Member for Lytton Joan Pease said the site was a well-preserved window into Brisbane's past.

"Fort Lytton played a major role in World War I and was Queensland's foremost historic military site.

"It was the training base for all Queensland volunteers before WWI. All servicemen returning from the Great War, by ship to Brisbane during the 1919 Spanish flu outbreak, were quarantined at the Fort," Ms Pease said.

Fort Lytton at Night - A Lost Story from the Great War unfolds in a theatre promenade, and is enlightening and moving.

Visitors in groups up to 25 are walked through the historic fortifications to hear the recently discovered story of Raymond Augustus Stanley, a decorated First World War hero, who served at Fort Lytton before serving overseas at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

The performance runs throughout 2016 and costs $30 per person (12 years-plus) and $25 for concession card holders.

Discounts are available for groups of 15 and over.

The tour is not suitable for children under 12.

Reasonable mobility and closed shoes are needed. Bookings essential: Call 07 3393 4647.

For tour dates see http://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/fort-lytton/events-calendar.html

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