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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.  


Lake Apex Treasure Hunt

The Lake Apex Treasure Hunt creates fun and laughter for families and is a great activity to learn unique facts about the area whilst enjoying the great outdoors. This is a free activity to participate in. Upon completion of the hunt each participant will receive a prize! So get your team or family together and race on down to the Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre to take part in the fun!



The global phenomenon activity of ‘Geocaching’ has hit the Lockyer Valley! Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity in which participants search for hidden items. These items, known as caches, are hidden all throughout the world. Come and see the staff at the Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre for more info and tips. Don’t forget to download the app!

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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.  


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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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. Opening hours are from 6am to 6pm from September to May and 6am to 5:30pm from May to September. 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.

From Wednesday 22 December 2021, Lake Dyer will reopen to water skiing, as well as jetskiing and will no longer have a 6 knot speed limit in place. The lake will remain closed to swimming at this stage.

Please use caution when navigating on the lake, as conditions may have changed since your last visit.

Please refer to the Seqwater website for up to date water conditions

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.     


Visitor Centre

Lockyer Valley Visitor Information 
Centre (Gatton)

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre
34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton 4343

Phone: +61 7 5466 3426

Opening Hours:
Daily 9am - 4pm


Saturday, May 28, 2022
  • 22°C Mostly sunny. Sat
  • 23°C Shower or two. Sun
  • 19°C Windy. Sunny. Mon
  • 18°C Mostly sunny. Tue