Calliope River

The Calliope River is a river located in Central Queensland, Australia.

Calliope River in flood, December 2010
Location of Calliope River mouth in Queensland
RegionCentral Queensland
Physical characteristics
SourceCalliope Range
  locationbelow Mount Cedric
  coordinates23°58′38″S 150°43′06″E
  elevation182 m (597 ft)
MouthPort Curtis, Coral Sea
north of Gladstone
23°49′21″S 151°13′04″E
0 m (0 ft)
Length98 km (61 mi)
Basin size2,241 km2 (865 sq mi)
Basin features
  leftAlma Creek, Harper Creek, Alarm Creek, Sandy Creek (Queensland), Larcom Creek, Boundary Creek (Queensland), Gravel Creek
  rightMaxwelton Creek, Oaky Creek (Queensland), Sheep Station Creek, Double Creek

The river rises in the Calliope Range inland from the industrial port city of Gladstone, flows past the town of Calliope, before emptying into the Pacific Ocean just north of Gladstone. River length is 98 kilometres (61 mi),[1] with a catchment area of 2,241 square kilometres (865 sq mi).[2]

Oaky, Paddock and Larcom Creeks are the main tributaries of the river.[3] The major industry in the river area is the raising of beef cattle. Like most sub tropical and tropical estuaries, the waters of the river may contain box jellyfish for many kilometres upstream.[4] This venomous, marine animal poses a threat to swimmers.

The Calliope River Historical Village is located beside the Calliope River on the Old Bruce Highway at River Ranch, adjacent to the Bruce Highway.[5]

See also


  1. "Map of Calliope River, QLD". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  2. "Calliope drainage basin". Wetlandinfo. Queensland Government. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  3. "Water resources - Overview - Queensland - Basin & Surface Water Management Area: Calliope River". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Archived from the original on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  4. Bartholomew, Kylie (27 April 2010). "Jellyfish sting survivor 'shouldn't be alive'". ABC News Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  5. "Calliope River Historical Village". Port Curtis Historical Society. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
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