We left Biggenden in good time as we wanted to set up camp early in the afternoon before the rush come in. Our first experience this year on the Bruce Hwy was everything we expected. The road surface was free of potholes but very rough. 85km/h was pushing it in a lot of places, plenty of caravans and motorhomes all travelling just a little faster than us. The trucks and B-doubles were very patient as there is very limited passing opportunities. They were appreciative of us letting them pass and talking to them on the UHF. Throw in a V8 Landcruiser towing a pop top Jayco who thought he was on the last lap at Bathurst who was passing everything in site, 2 and 3 at a time and we had to concentrate all the time.
We stopped for a pit stop at the Boyne River Rest Area and it was wall to wall caravans and motorhomes. Some had set up camp and some were stopped for lunch. If this was a sign of things to come, heaven help us.
Calliope River South Rest Area
Very poor signage made it hard to find the entrance to the campsite. When we arrived on site there was already plenty of people there but everyone was spaced out and there was plenty of room. After being closed for a few months due to floods, the campground was very rugged under foot in places, however we soon found a suitable spot, set up camp,had lunch and it was just 1.00pm.
There was a sign on the edge of the river to watch for crocodiles (they occasionally make there way here) and one painted on the croncrete at Diannes feet in the photo below.
Calliope River North Rest Area
Lunch had settled and we went and checked out the other side of the river. The northern side of the river was set much higher up off the river while the south side had a boat ramp and access to the water along much of the campsite. The lawns were more manicured and very well laid out, but it was just bumper to bumper camping. It was a lot tidier, but a lot of the area was in shade very early in the afternoon and you could hear generators running everywhere. I didn’t count the vans and motorhomes but it would be very close to 100, if not more. It would be better in a caravan park. Photo below shows small section of the camping area.