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The Lockyer Valley is a harmonious blend of developed land and natural parklands providing the perfect back drop to city escapes.  

Bicentennial National Trail

The Bicentennial Trail (BNT) not only passes through the Lockyer Valley, the trails origins began here. The idea originated at the then Gatton Agricultural College in 1972. It was during the first Australian All Breeds Horseman's Congress, organised by the late bush legend RM Williams, that the idea to link old stock routes and coach roads was conceived. Now part of Australia's living history, the trail commemorates Australia's Bicentenary and stretches 5330km along Australia's east coast. The trail is open to hikers, horse riders, mountain bikers and pack animals.

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The Lockyer Valley is home to several quality bushwalking locations of various difficulties. Localities include Glen Rock Regional Park, Gormans Gap and Mount Campbell, Flagstone Environmental Park, White Mountain State Forest and the spring wildflower laden Helidon Hills. Bushwalking tracks can also be accessed from some camping grounds, ask at the Visitor Information Centre for further information. 

A comprehensive bushwalking resource has been created specifically for South East Queensland, ask at the Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre in Gatton to purchase a copy.  

Bird Watching

Lake Apex is established on natural wetlands which support a wide range of plant and animal life. Wander through the Dry Rainforest Arboretum east of the bird hide and see if you can spot some of the 153 species of birds.

Of the 850 species of birds in Australia, over 300 species have been recorded in the Lockyer Valley's diverse and easily accessible habitats. Many species are migratory, so types of birds to be seen are continually changing. The impact of our urban development has made our communities increasingly aware of the importance of preserving and protecting local wildlife habitats. The Lockyer Valley region encompasses wetlands, agricultural land, National Parks and forest parks, all of which support a diverse range of wildlife. Habitat diversity provides the necessary space and safe corridors that attract birds to feed, roost, nest and raise their young.

Here are some of the Lockyer Valley's most popular spots to discover bird life. Most have picnic facilities provided: •Lake Clarendon (Black Falcon, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Black-necked Stork, Blue-winged Kookaburra) •Lake Galletly and Lake Lenore at the University of Queensland. Gatton campus (Red-rumped parrot, Pink-eared Duck, Red-kneed Dotterel, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Magpie Goose) •Lake Dyer (Plum-headed Finch, Caspian Tern) •Glen Rock Regional Park (Glossy Black-Cockatoo) •Lake Apex and Lake Freeman (153 species have been recorded in this public park, including Latham's Snipe, Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Black-fronted and Red-Kneed Dotterel, Australasian Dater, Whistling-Duck)

An excellent Lockyer Valley Bird Brochure has been developed by Birdlife Southern Qld and Friends of Lake Apex (FOLA). Pick up a copy from the Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre.    


Lake Dyer, off Gatton-Laidley Road, Laidley, is the only fishing spot available to the public within the Lockyer Valley. A permit is required and covers all 32 dams in Queensland that require a permit to fish. The permit allows you to fish with a handheld or set fishing line and is available for purchase from Gatton Home Brew, Camping & Fishing Supplies, 279 Eastern Drive, Gatton or Laidley Hire and Farm Supplies, 95 Patrick Street, Laidley.

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Lake Dyer is temporarily closed to primary and secondary contact water-based recreation due to low water levels.

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Water Sports

Lake Dyer offers a number of water activities in addition to fishing. Canoeing, motorised boats, sail boats and jet skis are all permitted on the lake. Bring a picnic and enjoy the shaded tables, children's playground and free BBQs. Gates open from 6am to 6pm. Camping and picnicking in the Lockyer Valley is a popular way to enjoy the region's natural beauty. Spend time with family & friends, relax and get back to the basics. To obtain a copy of the Lake Dyer brochure please contact the Visitor Information Centre on 07 5466 3426. Please refer to the Seqwater website for up to date water conditions

Lake Dyer is temporarily closed to primary and secondary contact water-based recreation due to low water levels.

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Parks and Reserves

The Lockyer Valley has over 45 parks and reserves across the region. They are a place of discovery, tranquillity and recreation, with treasures just waiting to be discovered.

The Lockyer National Park is located north of Gatton. The park features remote sandstone gorges in amongst a eucalypt forest. It is a popular area for 4WD and motorbike touring. Mountain-bike riding within the park on the unsealed roads is also a popular activity. For more information about the Lockyer National Park click here.


For a full Parks and Reserves fact sheet click here.     


Contact Us

Phone: +61 7 5466 3426
Fax: +61 7 5466 3450

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre

34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton 4343


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Visitor Centre

Lake Apex Visitor Information
Centre (Gatton)

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre
34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton QLD 4343

Phone: 07 5466 3426

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday
8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday
8.30am - 4.30pm

We are closed Christmas Day,
Boxing Day and Good Friday.