Aproximately 15 kl. out of Gladstone, on the Bruce Highway, you will find the Calliope markets. Held only 6 times a year, these Sunday Markets are set in a re-created historical village, right beside the Calliope river. Definitely worth a visit, if you are up this way at the right time.
You can also camp right beside the river, and do a spot of fishing. It really is a lovely spot.
Coming from Gladstone, along Dawson Highway, turn right when you hit the Bruce Highway. Travel 6 kl. until you come to the river. Camp ground is off to the left, just across the river. You can't miss the village where the Markets are held.
Lake Awoonga, Central Queensland, near Gladstone
"Lovely Lake Awoonga Sunset"
Lake Awoonga is located 30km from Gladstone in Central Queensland, and boasts excellent recreation facilities as well as spectacular lake and mountain views. Numerous shelter sheds and barbecues, walking paths, playgrounds and a picturesque waterfall are provided free to the public, by the Gladstone Area Water Board.
Enthusiastic anglers come to Lake Awoonga to catch the famed barramundi, of which over two million have been released into the lake. The largest caught weighed in at a hefty 29.8 kilograms! Approximately 300,000 fish are released each year, including 200,000 barramundi, 100,000 mullet and some mangrove jack. In fact, Lake Awoonga is the highest stocked Lake in Australia for Mangrove Jack.
Alternatively you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Feathered, furry or scaled, Lake Awoonga is home to a thriving array of small animals, many of which are of conservation significance.
Plants in the water and river banks maintain a wondrous array of small animals which support the fish, eels, turtles, platypus and birds. Further from the water's edge other species of birds and also reptiles, such as snakes, geckos and lizards, frogs and mammals can be found.
The nearby bushland holds a diverse range of native fauna. Bandicoots, melomys, kangaroos, greater gliders and yellow bellied gliders, and brushtail possums. Wallabies such as the agile, whiptail and swamp wallaby can be spotted by keen observers.
Most noticeable at Lake Awoonga are the numerous species of birds (almost 200). This means that around 25% of Australia’s bird species can be found in the region. The Southern Squatter Pigeon is listed as vulnerable and of conservation significance and a further fifteen bird species are listed on International Migratory Conservation Agreement Lists. Lake Awoonga is arguably one of the most important near-coast bird refuges on the East Coast of Australia.
"More Lake Awoonga"
Looking for a quick stop-over or a relaxed holiday, then check out Lake Awoonga near Gladstone in Central Queensland, Australia.