Visiting Lockyer safely
Lockyer National Park is located north of Gatton. From Gatton, travel 11km north along Gatton–Esk Road then turn left onto Millers Road to enter the park. From Helidon, travel 14km 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.
No part of this park is accessible by wheelchair.
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.
Essentials to bring
- drinking water
- first-aid supplies
- rubbish bags
- sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
- bring a topographic map, compass and other bushwalking equipment for walking safely in the park.
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
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.