Calliope River Rest Area

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.

Boyne River Rest Area, nice area but very full behind the trees in photo

Boyne River Rest Area, nice area but very full behind the trees in photo

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.

 Calliope River South Rest Area


Calliope River South Rest Area

 Calliope River South Rest Area


Calliope River South Rest Area

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 South Rest Area, Dianne checking for Crocodiles


Calliope River South Rest Area, Dianne Checking for Crocodiles

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.

Calliope River North Rest Area (Jammed in like Sardines)

Calliope River North Rest Area (Jammed in like Sardines)

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