Population 6001

Located in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane, Gatton was founded in 1855 as one of the first rural settlements in Queensland. It is situated in the heart of the south-east's 'Salad Bowl' region and is blessed with fertile black soils, with many fruit and vegetable farms to be found in and around town. The University of Queensland's agricultural studies program is also based here. A plaque commemorating the 1974 floods can be found next to Davies Bridge, which also went under in 2011. In Gatton's town centre, the Great Dividing Range provides a scenic backdrop to historic buildings, sports and recreation facilities and quaint ale houses.  

Visitor Information

Lake Apex Visitor Centre, 34 Lake Apex Dr; (07) 5466 3426

Nearby national parks

  • Ravensbourne National Park

    Set on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne National Park protects one of the few remaining pockets of rainforest that...more

  • Main Range National Park

    Stretching for 55 kilometres along the Great Dividing Range, World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park forms the western part of a...more

  • Crows Nest National Park

    Crows Nest National Park, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane, features the picturesque Crows Nest Falls with its...more

Nearby towns

  • Laidley

    Located west of Brisbane in the Lockyer Valley, the township of Laidley boasts classic Queensland architecture. A landscape dominated by...more

  • Toowoomba

    Toowoomba is a city with a distinctive charm courtesy of its wide, tree-lined streets, colonial architecture and more than 240 parks and...more

  • Esk

    Esk is a heritage town in the Upper Brisbane Valley renowned for its beautiful lakes and dams where watersports are popular. Deer roam in...more

In Town

Historical Society Museum: complex of 11 buildings depicting the social history of the region; open 1.30–4pm or by appt; Freemans Rd.

Lake Apex: this park and complex include a historic village with preserved heritage buildings, memorabilia and Aboriginal carvings. Follow the walking tracks to see the diverse birdlife; Old Warrego Hwy.


Agricultural College: opened in 1897. Drive through the grounds that are now part of the University of Queensland; 5 km E.

Helidon: town noted for its sandstone – used in many Brisbane buildings – and spa water; 16 km W.

Glen Rock Regional Park: at the head of East Haldon Valley, this park boasts rainforest gorges, creeks and excellent valley views; 40 km S.

Tourist drive: 82 km circuit through surrounding countryside that includes farm visits; contact visitor centre for details.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Wivenhoe 39 km

Impoundment fishing for native species in southern Queensland has enjoyed phenomenal growth and it all began at Lake Wivenhoe. Situated about 80 km west of Brisbane on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Wivenhoe has a surface... Find out more

Campsites around town

Lake Dyer Camping and Caravan Ground 13 km

The caretakers at Lake Dyer recently renovated the toilet block, installed new gas barbecues and a washing machine, and built a new playground. There are 16 powered sites at the campground. Visitors can enjoy the scenery... Find out more

Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park 22 km

Anglers will like this freshwater sport-fishing hotspot, and holiday-makers will enjoy the kitchen, kiosk, cabins and other park facilities. An officially sanctioned local group has plans to stock the water with... Find out more

Atkinson Dam Holiday Park 23 km

Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy access to the shoreline of Atkinson Dam at this site, 8 km south-west of Coominya. There’s a general store for supplies, fuel and gas bottle refills, plus laundry facilities. Look... Find out more

Centenary Park camping area 30 km

This campground features 8 powered sites, a laundry and an electric BBQ. For stays more than 1 night, the second night is free; maximum stay is 7 nights. Visitors can throw a line in at nearby Lake Dyer or enjoy the... Find out more

Lake Cressbrook camping area 34 km

With excellent fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing on offer, it’s a watersports wonderland at Lake Cressbrook. For walkers, a 5 km circuit starts at the camping ground and loops around the lake... Find out more

Captain Logan Camp 35 km

With as much water as 2.5 Sydney Harbours, Wivenhoe Dam is a major water storage reserve for south-east Queensland and a hub for watersports enthusiasts (however boat motors are not to be used on the lake). With 57... Find out more

Crows Nest camping area 36 km

The eucalypt forests of Crows Nest provide a beautiful setting for wildlife-watching, hiking and bush camping. You can look for platypus in the creek, spot brush-tailed rock wallabies, or take a walk across the gorge to... Find out more

Lumley Hill camping area 36 km

Just a short distance from Captain Logan Camp, Lumley Hill has powered sites. The campground is on Logan Inlet Rd, off Hay Rd, signposted off the Brisbane Valley Hwy. Lake Wivenhoe is a major water storage reserve where... Find out more

Poplar Flat camping area 47 km

On the banks of Dalrymple Creek in the Goomburra section, this large grassy campsite is big enough for 100 campers. You’ll need to bring your own firewood if you want to use the BBQs, or purchase it locally, as... Find out more

D'Aguilar National Park camping areas (bush camping) 50 km

There are 8 areas for bush camping scattered throughout the southern half of the national park suitable for self-sufficient campers. A network of trails provides access between the camping sites and links to the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Toowoomba Motor Village Caravan Park 33 km

Located on the southern approach to Toowoomba, this is an older established park but has good facilities and amenities and is an ideal base for exploring the local area.... Find out more

BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park 34 km

Colourful, manicured gardens greet you at the entrance of this high-quality park in a quiet location, about 3 km from the city centre. The park has great amenities and is a good base for exploring this wonderful city and... Find out more

Crows Nest Caravan Park 39 km

Only 1 km south of Crows Nest on the New England Highway, the park has a popular licensed restaurant and offers easy access for vans and larger motorhomes. It is good value for money.... Find out more

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park 60 km

In a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Moogerah, nestled among the rugged peaks of the Scenic Rim, the park is 9 km south of Aratula along a sealed road. The lake is a popular destination for waterskiers.... Find out more

What's on around town

Markets: Rotary Park, 1st Sat each month; Showgrounds, 2nd Sat each month.

Clydesdale and Heavy Horse field days: Apr/May.

Show: Aug.

Multicultural Festival: Aug.

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