10.05.2012 - 12.05.2012
We stayed two days at a free camp on the north side of the Calliope River, the camp is well maintained by the Gladestone council, the grass is mown and the toilets are cleaned daily. When we were there at least thirty others were camped, apparently it is a very well used facility. Camping is allowed on both sides of the river, though the northern side is by far the better maintained, though has no direct river access unlike the southern side where you can camp on the river bank.
We visited Gladstone, it is not a pretty town being the service centre for the local mines and a major Queensland port. There is a huge amount of industry there, from port facilities for the export of minerals, aluminium smelters, cement and electricity production, we found the visit quite interesting.