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Lake Callide

Biloela, Banana Area

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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 (yellowbelly) 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 some spectacular scenery at nearby Kroombit Tops National Park. It is a comfortable drive from the major cities of Gladstone, Rockhampton and popular costal areas.

Camping is available along the lake, which also has toilets, picnic tables and a playground.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities

Other Information

Children:

Children are welcome but must be supervised.
Callide Dam Road
Biloela, Banana Area
Queensland
Australia

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Mount Scoria Conservation Park

Thangool, Banana Area
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Rising 150 metres above cultivated plains, Mount Scoria is a striking landmark near Biloela in the Banana Shire. Formed by volcanic activity 20 to 26 million years ago, this volcanic plug features many-sided basalt columns. Known as the 'Musical Mountain', Mount Scoria is one of only three prehistoric rock formations in the world which were originally the core of a volcano. When the basalt columns are struck (carefully) by another rock, musical notes ring out over the plain. Hence the term, Musical Mountain. Take the short cultural track to view the mountain and learn about its significance to the Gangulu people. Have a picnic, go birdwatching or barbecue at the picnic area.

Goovigen

Goovigen, Banana Area
Nestled among some of the regions rural farming properties, Goovigen is one of the smaller townships within Banana Shire, with a population of just 287 people. Originally set up as a supply depot for the railways, it now forms an intricate part of a rich agricultural area with surrounding properties farming cotton, cattle and grain. Located just 52 kilometres from Biloela and approximately 121 kilometres south west of Rockhampton, the name Goovigen came from the Aboriginal word for Box Tree, a species of Eucalypt. Once a hive of activity for farmers and graziers, Goovigen has developed into the ideal tranquil retreat for travellers wanting a peaceful escape. The well maintained sports grounds provides camping with showers, toilets and barbeques nestled under the shade of numerous large trees. Goovigen's hidden treasures are easily accessible from this camping area. The town's historical society has transformed the School of Arts into a time capsule on stumps. Inside the restored corrugated iron hall, the walls are lined with panels full of stories about pioneers and families who made the district what it is today. Goovigen is also home to a collection of groups that have a passion for sport including the Goovigen Pony Club, Indoor Bowls and Tennis Club. The tiny town is blessed with numerous lovely renovated buildings and manicured gardens, one - the peaceful 'Willey's Walk' park is a used to host Anzac Day parades and other special functions. Several kilometres north of Goovigen, hidden out in the bush, is a pleasant surprise. Lake Victoria is a refreshing retreat with shady trees, a wide expanse of water, water birds and other wildlife. It is a popular spot amongst locals for water skiing, swimming or fishing, but usually is deserted, making it an ideal location to hide away from the world.

150th Meridian

Moura, Banana Area
Free Entry
Located one kilometre east of Moura on the Dawson Highway, the 150th Meridian marker shows the position of the imaginary line (150 °E) on which Queensland (Eastern Standard) time is based. At the time of the equinox, a day is exactly 12 hours long anywhere on the Meridian line. The meridian line in Greenwich represents the Prime Meridian of the world, Longitude Zero (0° 0' 0"). Every place on the Earth is measured in terms of its angle east or west from this line. 'Holey rocks' like the ones at the Meridian Marker can be found all around Moura. They are a product of the process used for blasting of rock in Coal Mining. Take a sighting through the holes and you're looking along the 150th Meridian.

Lake Victoria

Dululu, Banana Area
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Lake Victoria is a basic bush camp area. It is a free camping area, no bookings required. There are no facilities at Lake Victoria, but it is a quiet spot and you will generally have the place to yourself. 20 kilometres south of Dululu on the Burnett Highway is a turn off to the right to Lake Victoria, via Dooney's Road. About four kilometres along Dooney's Road (dirt) is a turn off to the right to Lake Victoria. The campsite is a further one kilometre along the road.

Theodore

Theodore, Banana Area
Theodore is located on the Dawson River 105 kilometres south west of Biloela. The first settlers came to the district in the early 1850’s and took up pastoral holdings such as sheep and cattle runs. The township had its beginnings in 1922 when legislation was passed for the establishment of a major irrigation project. A design for a model township was approved in 1925. Previously called “Castle Creek”, Theodore was later named in honour of the former Queensland Premier, Mr E H Theodore. It is said that the town was architecturally designed by Walter Burley Griffin in the early 1920’s before he went on to design Australia’s capital city, Canberra. The palm-lined roads are quite spectacular and the town is an impressive look-alike to the street plan of Canberra. Today Theodore is the service centre for important irrigation and agricultural industries. Popular spots to visit at Theodore include the community managed Hotel-Motel, the Dawson River weir, Rose’s Garden, Junction Park, Glenmoral Gorge and the nearby historic hand built 'flagged' road, used by bullock wagons in the nineteenth century.

Moura

Moura, Banana Area
Moura is located in the Banana Shire on the Dawson Highway, 180 kilometres south-west of Gladstone or 586 kilometres north-west of Brisbane. This diverse township is located in the Dawson Valley. Named the 'Heart of the Dawson Valley', this thriving community is known for its coal mining, cotton processing, wheat and sorghum growing and chemical manufacture. This mixture of activities has ensured that, unlike most coal mining centres in Queensland, the town has not developed as a typical company town for miners. The other major local enterprise is visually broadcast to the surrounding district. Huge grain silos (the second-largest in Queensland) are located at the eastern end of town and can be seen from a considerable distance. Moura hosts a number of annual events including, the Coal and Country festival, Muddy Water Fishing Classic and the Dawson River Festival, which attracts visitors from all over Queensland. The town also has a motel and hotel, a bakery, cafes, Memorial Club and Bowls Club. There's an IGA supermarket for groceries and a local service station to fill up at. Don't forget their 18 hole golf course and Olympic size swimming pool.

Jambin

Jambin, Banana Area
The village of Jambin is located is located 29 kilometres north west of Biloela on the Burnett Highway. Originally set up as a supply depot for the railways, Jambin now forms an intricate part of the rich agriculture area. A visit to Jambin isn't complete without a stop at the local pub. Located on the Burnett Highway, the local pub is a popular spot for a cool drink and break in your journey.

Duaringa

Duaringa, Central Highlands Area
Duaringa is located 107 kilometres west of Rockhampton along the Capricorn Highway. The small town is the essence of a small rural community. Duaringa is the oldest township in Duaringa Shire with buildings dating back to the 1860s and a corner of the local hotel has been preserved to show how early pioneers lived. The Mackenzie Park has a man-made waterfall and is also home to the rare endemic Duaringa Stringy Bark, known as "Budgeroo" trees. These trees were of great cultural significance to the early indigenous community who used its bark to make rope, baskets and building materials. Free hot showers and camping amenities are available. Try the hotel for dinner and a drink.

Thangool

Thangool, Banana Area
12 kilometres south of Biloela is Thangool, an important lucerne and grazing area for the Banana Shire. Thangool has its own airport and there are daily flights to and from Brisbane. Well known for its race track and bush race days, Thangool is a classic bush town with country people and country hospitality. Just a short drive from Mount Scoria, this beautiful town is known for its well-kept parks and gardens.

Baralaba

Baralaba, Banana Area
Baralaba is a definitive Aussie town full of character. Found 96 kilometres north west of Biloela; it is a coal mining, cattle, grain and irrigated crop farming hub. The township was developed after seams of coal were discovered in 1901. Even though the underground mine closed in 1969 the site and remains of the old Dawson Valley Colliery are now heritage listed. Open cut coal exploration recommenced in 2004 and is still being mined today. The Neville Hewitt Weir on the Dawson River is a popular recreational area and offers the picnic areas and the best boating, skiing and fishing in the Dawson and Callide Valleys. Free camping is permitted. Venture into the thriving bush of yesteryear with a trip to the Historical Village. Alternatively, tourists can immerse themselves in the Baralaba Historic Photos Collection at the Baralaba Landcare and Community Resource Development Centre. The 1,000 historic photos will give visitors a real appreciation of what life was like. Baralaba plays hosts to a number of iconic events each year including the Baralaba Show, Silver Cup Campdraft, Dawson River Festival, Great Baralaba Saratoga Fishing Classic and an annual Christmas Carnival.
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