Calliope river has two enormous, 48 hour camps. You will find this 28km out of Gladstone. Camping areas are either side of the river. On the north side, near the Historic Village, it has a large grass area and places to park over looking the river. On the south side it’s more one large flat grass/dirt area with a little bit of beach.
Calliope River North Side
On arriving we
passed the Historic village (we went here the next day) and found the
huge camping area. Most of the river side camps were taken by 11am
but we managed to get one.
The north side
looks down on the river and on to the south side rest area. The
toilets on this side of the river have been broken for the last year
we were told. Not a problem for us as we are fully self contained.
Calliope River South Side
If you are
travelling up north you will come to this area first. This is the
side you go to if you want to be closer to the river. It’s a wide
open flatter looking area (not necessarily flat) You can fish from
the shore or from the causeway. Kay, the lady at the Historic Village
said it was salt water one side and fresh on the other. Of course you
can get here from the north side to.
This side has
toilets and seating area at another higher level.
Ice cream, Fire Wood and Eggs
When was the
last time you heard the ice cream van? For us it’s been years. One
came on our first day, he’s a regular. Ice creams all around! A lady
also came to see if we wanted fire wood and eggs. At the Historic
Village Kay said they are going to be opening the old bar on a Friday
evening. Serving drinks and hot food, a two minute walk away, I love
Next to the
Calliope River “north side” is the village. You can walk over the
causeway to get to it if your camped on the “south side”.
volunteer at the coffee shop took our $5 each entry fee and we had a
stroll around. You are given a folder with all the information about
each building so you can take in the history.
There’s something about old wooden buildings and rusty old machinery that resonates with me. Each building holds something new (or is that old). As well as old singer sewing machines and original cookers. You can see the inside of wooden homes decorated as if they would have been back in the day. And who doesn’t love an old mangle/washing machine.
Again the is
run by volunteers so don’t expect total replication. Do expect the
lady’s that volunteer to be friendly and informative, Oh and they
making good coffee and scones!
This is a 48hr camp we would recommend and so would many others.
Location : Calliope River Rest Area at River Ranch