The park is a great place to get out and enjoy some attractions that usually are only reserved for outdoors. Open from 6am to 6pm every day, it's definitely a spot to take the family to. If you are wanting to visit the park outside these times, or even hold a special or private event, please contact the property coordinator by email (email@example.com) or post (The Property and Facilities Coordinator, Seqwater, PO Box 68, Petrie QLD, 4500).
The recreation park offers a range of activities that both you and your family and friends can enjoy, one of which is camping. There are three designated sites that range from rugged camping experiences to family friendly camping grounds.
The first is the 'Eastern Trailhead,' which offers campers amazing views across the shoreline and the local dam. There are also a series of walking, mountain bike and horse trails that link to this location. The 'Western Trailhead,' also known as 'Lilybrook,' is primarily a site for those wanting to hold private or special events. It features a cleared area (suitable for larger groups), lavatories, showers, picnic tables, barbecues and more. Please note that special permits may have to be obtained before use of the Western Trailhead site; which can be obtained through the website. The final location is Mt Joyce Base Camp, which is a campsite in the centre of the park, and is suitable for families and those camping in small groups. As an introductory measure, the park is charging no camping fees, although camping is restricted to a maximum stay of seven nights, in order that all members of the public can enjoy the facilities.
Water sports are another great activity that can be enjoyed at Mt. Joyce Recreation Park. Members of the public can canoe, kayak and even sail in lake's waters. Fishing is also permitted, with no permit needed. Please note that boats and any other vessel must be operated by experienced persons; and must comply with park rangers if need be. For those who prefer two feet on the ground, there are a broad range of bushwalking opportunities available around the local dam, and for those up to it, a hike up Mt. Joyce itself.
There are also a number of bike trails that include cross country, mountain and downhill. Spanning over 40km, it is enough for anyone to enjoy. Approximately 25 km of International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) tracks are available for the more experienced. These single tracks range over a series of skill levels, including steep grades and standard tracks, which target the skill sets of beginners through to the very experienced. Please see the rangers for detailed information about the bike tracks.
So for a different experience, why not take your family and friends to the Mt. Joyce Recreational Park for a great day (or more) out. For more information, please visit the website.