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Gladstone into the Hinterland

Callemondah to Biloela

Duration: 3 days / 1373km

A bustling harbour, an historic village, a bountiful lake, a grand homestead and an old silo form the basis of this Queensland drive around the Gladstone region. Stretching from Gladstone, it will take you through Calliope and on to Lake Callide, before ending in the beautiful agricultural town of Biloela.

Gladstone into the Hinterland

Itinerary

DAY 1

Gladstone to Calliope

Travel Distance:

24.9km

Travel Time:

0.5 Hours

Possessing a thriving harbour and a gateway to the surrounding hinterland, ocean and islands of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Gladstone is considered a unique destination. From the water's edge through to the rugged country fringes, Gladstone offers galleries, gardens, heritage sites and well-stocked lakes and parks. Learn about Gladstone's industrial backbone on the Giants of Industry Tour. Make your way up Auckland Hill and take in the panoramic views over the city and Port Curtis or climb Mount Larcom. Take advantage of Gladstone's thriving seafood industry with the marina fishing boats brimming with succulent king prawns, sweet reef fish, tender scallops, beautiful bugs, oysters and the Gladstone mud crab. Gladstone is also the perfect launch pad from which to access the stunning Heron Island.
DAY 2

Calliope to Lake Callide

Travel Distance:

93.2km

Travel Time:

1.25 Hours

For a taste of Calliope's history, head to the Historical Village which was developed by the Calliope Shire Council to promote the region of Port Curtis. Explore the local history museum located beside the Bruce Highway near the Calliope River crossing. The highlight is the monthly Country Markets which are held on site boasting stall holders from as far away as the Gold Coast selling a diverse range of wares including fresh produce, plants, homewares and bric-a-brac Lake Callide is located 12-kilometres from Biloela via sealed road and approximately 90-kilometres south-west of Gladstone via the Dawson Highway. While compact, the lake provides visitors with rewarding fishing - especially for golden perch and has in recent times been well stocked with barramundi. Red-claw is abundant and it's well worth placing (tagged) traps for a catch of the tasty crayfish. A variety of other freshwater species are available to you and anglers report good success from bank fishing though the boat ramps make this an ideal spot for to launch a boat and follow the fish with a sounder. The lake also attracts a wide variety of birdlife and the local region includes spectacular scenery at nearby Kroombit Tops National Park
DAY 3

Lake Callide to Biloela

Travel Distance:

19.2km

Travel Time:

0.5 Hours

Refreshed, head to your final destination of Biloela and take a 14 kilometre detour out to historic Greycliffe Homestead and Museum. The open-timber homestead was the home of the Nott family for 100 years. Step inside and be transported back in time to the life of the early settlers. There's also a blacksmith shop, and a shed housing the bullock dray, tip dray. Another one kilometre away you'll discover the Spirit of the Land Mural on State Farm Road. But Biloela's biggest attraction, literally, is three kilometres from here. Measuring more than 28 metres high, The SILO is not filled with grain, but displays about primary industry and provides an insight into cotton production, stud and dairy cattle, redclaw and ostrich farming, grain production and land care. Another great detour from Biloela is to Kroombit Tops National Park, 56 kilometres away, and which is peppered with 4WD tracks, trails, creeks and camping. Or, continue from Biloela and you're in the town of Banana, with the bullock statue after which it takes its name. In another 20 kilometres you'll arrive in Moura, where you can cool your heels, or drop in a line, at the Moura Weir.