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Calliope

Calliope Queensland

A historic town with a gold mining background surrounded by bushlands.


At a Glance

Calliope lies near the a crossroad that ultimately leads to Gladstone, the provincial hub of the region, and is often missed by travellers. Calliope features historical buildings and several national parks that has lookout points for visitors to look at the vast expanse of bushland.

The rich history of this town can be explored at the Calliope River Historical Village that showcases several historic buildings ranging from hotels, homesteads and railway stations. Each of the building comes with a detailed description of their history.


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Where is Calliope?

 

Calliope is 526 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Calliope is a town located in the Gladstone Region, located 22km south-west of Gladstone. The Calliope River runs to the north and west of the town. Once a booming gold mining village, Calliope is now an important industrial port and historical site. It still attracts fossickers for fold, petrified wood and chalcedony. The quickest way to get to Calliope from Brisbane is to fly. However, the cheapest way by far is to drive.


 

Things to see in Calliope

 

Tondoon Botanic Gardens

The Tondoon Botanic Gardens are home to an impressive species of plants from the Port Curtis Region and Tropical North Queensland. The gardens are set upon an 83 hectare site with a wide variety of flora and fauna Not only the Tondoon Garden, just look at the Japanese Tea Gardens, and the numerous walking tracks throughout the gardens and discover superbly cultivated gardens nestled into Mount Biondello.In addition, you can have a free guided tours of the gardens are available each week. Picnic areas with electric barbecues, tables and chairs, toilets and kids playground are all available, free of charge.

Tondoon Botanic Gardens

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Mount Maurice State Forest

Very clean, quiet cabins. The trails were easy enough for us to navigate. Mount Maurice State Forest is next to Kirkwood and is located in Queensland, Australia. Mount Maurice State Forest has a length of 10.16 kilometres. But it is splittet in seperate ways.

Mount Maurice State Forest

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Canoe Point Beach and Parklands

Canoe Point Beach and Parklands are popular recreational areas in Tannum Sands, adjacent to the Tannum Sands Main Beach. The area shows off Gladstone’s unique natural environment with walking and bike trails, beachside boardwalks, bushland reserves and windswept dunes which is also part of Calliope. Offering shelter huts, wood-fired barbecues, playground equipment and opened grassed areas, the Parklands are a tranquil environment for the community to enjoy which include a short walk from parklands is the Canoe Point Beach.

Canoe Point Beach and Parklands

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Round Hill Lookouts

Burnie can be seen at all angles from some of our amazing lookouts. It's surrounded by hills and enscarpments and built ariound the majestic Emu bay. The view from the Roundhill Lookout is spectacular at sunrise and sunset, and the Wilf Campbell Memorial Lookout offers a fantastic view of the coast and city.

RoundHill Lookouts

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What's the weather like?

 

Calliope have a warm and temperate climate, experiencing hot summer and warm winters. Rainfall is common during the summer. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 31°C with an average minimum of 23°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 22°C with an average minimum of 11°C.

 

Get to know Calliope's history

 

Calliope, named after the ship that surveyed the area HMS Calliope, were founded in the 1860s when gold was found in the area. Hundreds of gold miners flocked to the area during the rush and Calliope became an important gold mining district. The gold was exhausted after a decade, however, this did not stunt the growth of the town as graziers moved in to settle the land. Over the year, more and more people moved to the area and better infrastructures were built there.

Today, Calliope is home to more than 4,000 people, with tourists heading to the nearby Lake Awoonga that holds substantial amount of Australia’s bird species.