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Calliope River Camp

Gladstone Area

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.


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Town of 1770

Gladstone Region

Arrived on Sunday of the Labour Day long weekend, managed to get the last site available that the van would fit on, the park was full, mainly tents and camper trailers. Monday morning most packed and left, we actual found we then had a view of the water, this was much more pleasant.


Have not done much while we have been here apart from taking some walks and a spot of fishing, the rest of the time we have been content to sit and watch the water and the sunsets, it is very beautiful.


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North Burnett - Bundaberg

Stopped at Childers on the way to Bargara, this is a very pretty National Trust town on the Bruce Highway, spent some time walking the main street looking at the architecture, well worth the stop.

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Visited Bundaberg, Burnett Heads, the Port of Bunbaberg, before stopping at the turtle rookery at Mon Repos. Turtles are active from November to March, so we could only view the National Parks displays.


Drove south through Innes Park, Coral Cove, Elliott Heads & Riverview. It is the first time since reaching Queensland that the sea is blue instead of the brownish colour it has been, the coast here is very rocky (black volcanic) with the occasional small sandy beach. Once past the mouth of the Elliott river, which is very pretty, the sandy beaches seem to return.

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After Blue Swimmer crabs for lunch I had my first swim since the Sunshine Coast, the water temperature was 23 deg. I have been a little nervous swimming since seeing the signs below since Tin Can Bay.


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Burrum Heads

Frazer Coast

Nice quiet area, the park is on the Burrum River near the mouth, the owners have installed permanent fishing rod holders along the river bank and a hand winch to wind your boat up the ramp, most here are fishermen or crabbers. Each afternoon there is sunset drinks and a game of Boulle.


We drove into Hervey Bay to do some sight seeing, walked along the pier at Urangan, had lunch at River Heads and watched the barge to Kingfisher Bay (Frazer Isand) load.


Each night and morning at Burrum Heads thousands of Larakeets assemble in trees around the caravan park, the noise steady builds up with thousands of birds taking to the air, circling the park, it is quite spectacular.


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Rainbow Beach

Wide Bay

Early start to drive to Gympie to catch the Mary Valley Rattler. We boarded the train at the Old Gympie station for a 3 hr trip through the Mary River valley to Amamoor and return. The weather was wet and the cloud and mist was shrouding the valley so visibility was not good, however the trip was enjoyable. The train locomotive was a Class C17 number 967 built in 1950 by Walkers Ltd at Maryborough, the carriages were built at the Queensland Rail Ipswich Workshops in the 1920's.


On the drive back to Rainbow Beach we detoured to Tin Can Bay, as the sign at the pub were we had lunch said, 'Tin Can Bay is a drinking village with a fishing problem', with a boat in most yards this seems quite apt.

Sunday we were picked up at the caravan park for a tour of Fraser Island, after crossing to the island by barge, we drove along Seventy-Five Mile Beach to Eurong Beach Resort were we had morning tea, we then continued up the beach to see the wreck of the cruise ship Maheno and the coloured sands of the Pinnacles. At the Pinnacles we took a short joy flight over the island, quite an experience taking off and landing on the beach. We rejoined the bus at Eli Creek, the clear waters of the creek flows through the dunes out to sea.

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Lunch back at Eurong Beach Resort then to Central Station, a former forestry camp with huge satinay, scribbly gum, brush box and kauri trees. We walked along the banks of Wanggoolba Creek which flows gently and silently through lush rainforest. Then onto the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.

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Before leaving Rainbow Beach we walked along the beach to the Coloured Sand, on the way we saw two 4WD's that had been caught in the rising tide the previous week, both were badly damaged, one half buried in sand.

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