Lake Apex & Lake Freeman Parkland


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Come and see the birds of Gatton's beautiful lakes.


Lake Apex is situated on what was known as Cleary's Swamp. In 1975 the area was developed by the Gatton Apex Club as a recreational parkland.

The park has been established on natural wetlands, which support a wide range of plant and animal life from microscopic algae floating in the water, to majestic birds of prey soaring in the sky above. Cattle Egrets provide a spectacle when they flock to the area for the breeding season between October and March. The islands in Lakes Apex and Freeman and the vegetated margins of both lakes, provide safe nesting places for the many species of birds that visit the parklands.

If it a nature experience you are looking for then spend some time in the bird hide or take a walk around Lake Apex and you may see some of the 153 species of birds that have been recorded at Lakes Apex and Freeman. Little bush birds, including Golden-headed Cisticola, Red-backed Fairy-wren and Australian Reed-Warbler, fly in and out of the grass and reeds that grow on the edges of the lakes. If you walk quietly, you may see these tiny birds and listen to their songs.

YOU can help to care for our park: 1. Park vehicles in designated areas. Do not drive on grassed areas, this will help prevent erosion. 2. Walk on the pathways, this will help prevent damage to vegetation and limit disturbance of wildlife. 3. Place rubbish in bins. 4. Keep dogs on leads and clean up after your dog. 5. Report any vandalism. Thank you!

Parkland facilities include toilets, children's playground, BBQ's and shelter, skatepark, walking tracks and the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre. The Centre which opened in 2009, is home to the Lockyer Valley Visitor Information Centre, Library, Art Gallery, Queensland Transport Museum and onsite cafe and function rooms.

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Map & Directions

Lake Apex Drive, Gatton QLD 4343, Australia


From Brisbane travel 90kms and take the Gatton exit off Highway A2. When in Gatton turn left at KFC, travel another 1km and turn left into Lake Apex Drive.

From Toowoomba, travel 55km east toward Brisbane and take the Gatton exit at Helidon. Travel 15km toward Gatton. After passing Andersens carpets on your left turn right into Lake Apex Drive.

Phone 07 5466 3425