Calliope River Rest Area Campground

Last Updated Jun 2013

Calliope River Rest Area has toilets Calliope River Rest Area has water available Calliope River Rest Area has picnic fireplaces Calliope River Rest Area has picnic tables You can go fishing at Calliope River Rest Area You are able to canoe in Calliope River Rest Area Pets allowed in Calliope River Rest Area

A very large reasonably level, and grassy camping area right on the Calliope River.

There is plenty of room for caravans, and often plenty of them. You can camp on both sides of the river, but last time I was here, the old bridge was closed. You will need to use the Bruce Highway to get to the other side.

There is a 48 hour maximum stay.

Being so close to Gladstone, it is a popular spot on weekends and you may get the odd young local having a beer or two (and making a racket).


This is a great river for fishing and there is a concrete boat ramp right next to the old bridge. Barramundi, Bannana Prawns, crabs and Mangrove Jack with some large fish having been caught here. Keep your eye out though and be sensible as the large lizards lurk (crocodiles).

Facilities and activities at Calliope River Rest Area

Number of sites:


Camping Fees:

This is a free campground, it can get busy during winter, however in the warmer months the grey nomads head south and leave you to it.


This is a free camping area.

How to book:

No bookings are required to camp here.


Longdrop or composting


Pets are allowed with conditions

Water Availability:

Non-potable water may be available. Boil all water for at least 10 minutes before drinking.

Camp fires:

There are no built fireplaces in this camp ground, however it may be permisable to have a camp fire under certain conditions. Please check local fire restrictions and rules before lighting fires.


No bbqs are provided.


This campsite is near a river or creek that has swimming holes.


There are fishing spots at or near this campsite.

Picnic Tables:

Picnic tables are not provided at this camsite

Horse Riding:


Canoeing / Kayaking:

There are canoeing and kayaking spots at or near this campsite

Location information for Calliope River Rest Area


This site is accessable by caravans in good weather.

Getting there

Where the Old Bruce Highway crosses the Calliope River (south from the new Bruce Highway bridge).

To get to the north-west side of the river, take Carrara Road off the Bruce Highway and then your first left. Turn right just before the old bridge and follow to the end.

To get to the south-east site of the river, take the Old Bruce Highway turn from the Bruce Highway 2.3km east of the bridge.

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