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About Lockyer

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Getting there and getting around

Lockyer National Park is located north of Gatton. From Gatton, travel 11 km north along Gatton–Esk Road then turn left onto Millers Road to enter the park. From Helidon, travel 14 km north on Seventeen Mile Road, then turn right onto Wallers Road to enter the park.

Please be aware of the following when accessing the park:

  • In dry weather only, 4WD vehicles are permitted on Wallers Road from Seventeen Mile Road through to Forestry Road; from Millers Road through to Logans Road; and from Krugers Road through to Millers Road/Redbank Creek Road.
  • Conventional, two-wheel-drive (2WD) vehicles can access Seventeen Mile Road only.
  • All vehicles are strictly prohibited on any side trails from the main formed roads (as listed above).
  • All vehicles, including motorbikes, must be fully registered.
  • Drivers of all vehicles, including motorbikes, must be licensed.
  • The park is subject to temporary closures during wet weather and fires so check the park alerts before planning your trip.

Wheelchair accessibility

No part of this park is accessible by wheelchair.

Park features

The park's terrain features escarpments and creek systems. Photo: Dave Kington, Queensland Government.

The park's terrain features escarpments and creek systems. Photo: Dave Kington, Queensland Government.

This largely undeveloped park features remote sandstone gorges surrounded by remnant eucalypt forest.

Discover a diverse range of plants and animals, including the near-threatened mountain guinea flower Hibbertia monticola and vulnerable species such as the Helidon ironbark Eucalpytus taurina, brush-tailed rock-wallaby Petrogale penicillata and black-breasted button-quail Turnix melanogaster.

Experience a variety of popular recreational activities, including remote bushwalking, and 4WD and motorbike touring.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Lockyer National Park.

Camping is available at nearby Crows Nest National Park and Glen Rock State Forest.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Gatton.

For more information, see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Lockyer National Park has no formed tracks but offers great remote bushwalking opportunities. Photo: Dave Kington, Queensland Government.

Lockyer National Park has no formed tracks but offers great remote bushwalking opportunities. Photo: Dave Kington, Queensland Government.

There are no facilities or formed walking tracks in Lockyer National Park.

Walking

Lockyer National Park offers some great remote area bushwalking opportunities. The rugged terrain can be hazardous for inexperienced or poorly-prepared walkers. A high level of physical fitness and navigational skills are essential.

Walkers should familiarise themselves with the area before attempting an extended walk. It is recommended that walkers purchase a topographic map of the area before undertaking any walking.

Remote area walking is only advised in the cooler weather, usually April to September. Walking during summer can be very hazardous due to high temperatures and lack of available surface water.

All remote area walkers are expected to follow minimal impact bushwalking practices, such as observing proper sanitation and hygiene methods and avoiding polluting water in any way.

Be advised that all visitors must obtain permission from landholders before entering surrounding private property.

4WD and motorbike touring

Lockyer National Park is a popular area for 4WD and motorbike touring.

Please be aware of the following when driving or riding in the park:

  • In dry weather only, 4WD vehicles are permitted on Wallers Road from Seventeen Mile Road through to Forestry Road; from Millers Road through to Logans Road; and from Krugers Road through to Millers Road/Redbank Creek Road.
  • All vehicles are strictly prohibited on any side trails from the main formed roads (as listed above).
  • All vehicles—including motorbikes—must be fully registered.
  • Drivers of all vehicles—including motorbikes—must be licensed.

Please note that roads within the park are unsealed and the following considerations need to be taken:

  • Normal road rules apply. All roads allow two-way traffic.
  • Please obey all signs and notices in the park.
  • Please obey speed limits. The maximum speed limit within the park is 40 km/hr.
    Watch out for the unexpected. Drive slowly to allow time to react to changed road conditions and other park users.
  • Park roads are unsealed with some sharp curves, narrow sections, loose surfaces and steep grades that require careful driving.
  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound.

Things to know before you go

Take your rubbish home. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.

Take your rubbish home. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.

Essentials to bring

  • drinking water
  • first-aid supplies
  • rubbish bags
  • sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
  • bring a topographic map, compass and other bushwalking equipment for staying safe in the park.

Essential to know

Several tracks within Lockyer National Park are accessed through private property. Please respect private property and stay on the route.

  • Leave gates as you find them.
  • Do not litter, disturb stock or damage fences.
  • Do not light fires or camp on private property without the owner’s permission.
  • Obtain the owner’s permission before crossing or entering any private land away from the tracks.

Permits and fees

Permits are required for all organised events or commercial activities, commercial filming or photography. Please contact Permit and Licence Management for further information.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in the park.

Climate and weather

In summer, daytime temperatures in the area average 31 °C and can exceed 40 °C. The cooler months of the year, from April to September, are the best times to visit.

Most rain falls during the summer months—thunderstorms are common.

Fire can be a threat during the summer months—check park alerts before planning your trip.

Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Gatton, Grantham and Helidon. For more information see, the tourism information links.

Staying safe

Be prepared and use sound judgement. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Be prepared and use sound judgement. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Your safety is our concern, but your responsibility. Please exercise caution and sound judgement during your visit.

  • Check weather conditions a day or two before leaving, by visiting the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). It may be sunny and bright at the beginning of the walk but always plan for a change in the weather.
  • Before setting out on walks, you should leave a copy of your bushwalking plans with a friend, relative or other reliable person. This person has responsibility for contacting police if you are overdue. Your plan should include:
    • your name, address, number of people in your party, ages and any medical conditions
    • vehicle registration, make, model, colour and parking location
    • the route you are taking, expected times of departure and return.
  • Walk with a recognised bushwalking club. This is a good way to gain experience.
  • Walk with one or more friends. At least one member of each party should be a competent map-reader and bushwalker.
  • Learn map and compass skills. Recommended maps for bushwalking are 1:25,000 topographic maps. It is also advisable to carry a recognised bushwalking guidebook for the area.
  • Carry sufficient food, water and protective clothing. Rapid changes in temperature and weather are common.
  • Leave plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • A first-aid kit and torch should be carried. Learn first-aid procedures.
  • It is advisable to boil creek water before drinking.
  • Take care near cliff edges.

In an emergency

In case of an accident or other emergency phone Triple Zero (000). If you have difficulty connecting to Triple Zero (000) from your mobile phone, try dialing 112. Advise emergency services of your location and nature of your emergency, and stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

Mobile phone coverage is not reliable.

Please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Following these guidelines to help protect the natural environment for future enjoyment, and ensure the survival of native plants and animals living here.

Visitors must comply with all regulatory signs.

  • Everything in the national park is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants or animals.
  • Do not collect firewood—fallen timber provides homes for many insects and small animals.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Stay on formed roads—do not cut corners or create new tracks.
  • Take rubbish home with you as no bins are provided.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Lockyer National Park is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for its conservation values and recreational opportunities.

Tourism information links

Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre
www.luvyalockyer.com.au
34 Lake Apex Drive, Gatton, QLD 4343
Phone: (07) 5466 3425
Email:

Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre
www.southernqueenslandcountry.com.au
86 James Street, Toowoomba, QLD 4350
Phone: (07) 4639 3797
Email:

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

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Last updated
8 November 2017