Population 5369

This thriving town in the fertile Callide Valley is part of the Banana Shire, but do not expect to find any bananas grown here. The area was actually named after a bullock called 'Banana', whose job was to lure wild cattle into enclosures, a difficult feat that was much applauded by local stockmen.

Visitor Information

Cnr Dawson Hwy and Callide St; (07) 4992 2405

Nearby national parks

  • Cania Gorge National Park

    Cania Gorge, a dramatic landscape of gullies, caves and spectacular 70-metre-high sandstone cliffs, is the centrepiece of this national park...more

  • Isla Gorge National Park

    Isla Gorge National Park, in Queensland’s Central Highlands, lies at the southern end of the Dawson Range and features rugged...more

  • Carnarvon National Park

    Tucked away in this vast, rambling park in Queensland’s Central Highlands is the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge. Boasting towering white...more

Nearby towns

  • Theodore

    Theodore, once called Castle Creek, was the site of Queensland's first irrigation project, opened in 1924. With its rich black soils,...more

  • Monto

    Monto, one of the most recent towns in the Capricorn region, was settled in 1924. It is the centre of a rich dairy and beef cattle district...more

  • Mount Morgan

    Located in the Capricorn region south-west of Rockhampton is the quaint historic mining town of Mount Morgan. Said to be the largest single...more

In Town

Queensland Heritage Park Exhibition Originally an exhibition at the Expo ’88 in Brisbane, the park is home to the famous silo, which stands 28 m tall. Inside are exhibitions on the history of the Callide and Dawson valleys as well as scenes of rural life. Also in the complex is Pioneer Place, home to Biloela's first church and railway station, where photographs and memorabilia document the area's past. Exhibition Ave.

Spirit of the Land Mural: amazing mural depicting the history of women in the shire; State Farm Rd.

Greycliffe Homestead: original slab hut converted to a museum showcases the area's pioneering heritage; open by appt; Gladstone Rd; (07) 4992 1572.


Mt Scoria Known locally as the 'Musical Mountain' because of the basalt columns at the top that ring when hit with another rock. Walks and trails around the mountain; 14 km S.

Thangool: renowned for its race days; 10 km SE.

Callide Dam: excellent for boating, fishing and swimming; 12 km NE.

Callide Power Station: near Callide Dam.

Callide Mine Lookout: view over Biloela, the mine and the dam; 18 km NE, past dam.

Kroombit Tops National Park: 25 km E; see Gladstone.

Baralaba: historic village; watersports on the Dawson River; 100 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Callide 13 km

Built on upper Callide Creek, a Dawson River tributary 20 km east of Biloela (pronounced bilo-wela), this lake supplies cooling waters for the nearby coal-burning power station that’s part of the Boyne Island... Find out more

Cania Dam 55 km

Located close to Monto, Cania Dam holds yellowbelly, silver perch and Australian bass to 3 kg. Cania’s big drawcard though is the saratoga. Initially stocked with only 200 individuals, the saratoga have bred to a... Find out more

Dawson River 64 km

Moura is a two-hour drive west of Gladstone. Better known for its prime cattle production and huge coalmines, the township and the nearby Dawson River is not exactly number one on most people’s list  of top... Find out more

Lake Awoonga 85 km

The jewel in the crown of the Bass to Barra Trail, Lake Awoonga is Queensland’s premier barramundi impoundment. Clean waters, the result of a largely undisturbed watershed, contain barramundi, mangrove jack,... Find out more

Wuruma Dam 99 km

Situated 35 km north of Eidsvold, this 18 sq km little-known water contains Australian bass, barramundi, saratoga, silver perch, yellowbelly and sleepy cod. A Stocked Impoundment Permit is required. There is a large... Find out more

Campsites around town

The Barracks camping area (bush camping) 45 km

A clearing suitable for bush camping is located opposite the old forestry barracks (now a ranger station), 4 km south of the Tableland Rd entrance. It can be reached with 2WD only in dry weather. There is a maximum of 10... Find out more

The Wall camping area (bush camping) 50 km

This grassy clearing on the south bank of Annie Creek can be reached on the 4WD loop road near the bomber crash site. There is a maximum of 20 campers allowed, but there are no defined sites and no facilities. Bring... Find out more

BIG4 Cania Gorge 54 km

The friendly and welcoming folks at this tourist park offer a high standard of accommodation and facilities for the whole family. Campers have the option of powered and unpowered sites, or you can upgrade to a cabin or... Find out more

Cania Gorge Tourist Retreat 60 km

In a sandstone gorge at the entrance to the Cania Gorge National Park, this excellent eco-friendly tourist park packed with top-notch facilities has 40 powered sites, 20 unpowered sites and a modern amenities... Find out more

Neville Hewitt Weir camping area 75 km

Hugely popular in the winter months, this beautiful riverside campground in the town of Baralaba is a favourite with campers from southern Australian states looking to escape the cold weather in a picturesque spot.... Find out more

Lake Awoonga Caravan Park 88 km

Catching huge barramundi is easy at Lake Awoonga – or so the locals say. If you fancy yourself as an angler, this caravan park provides a comfortable base. Set on the lake’s edge, there are plenty of bonus... Find out more

Kalpowar camping area 91 km

This campground beside Crane Creek has plenty of grassy sites for camping beside your car, and also accommodates those with caravans and trailers. To get here from Monto, travel 37 km north-east on the... Find out more

Sandfly Point camping area (bush camping) 93 km

This site for self-sufficient campers is on the western boundary of the national park. As the name suggests, sandflies and mosquitoes are a major problem here, so bring repellent and wear appropriate clothing. The boat... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Mount Morgan Motel and Van Park 83 km

A very tidy basic park, ideal for an overnight stay or a few days in Mount Morgan, this spot allows you to explore the historic town from a very suitable base.... Find out more

Lake Awoonga Caravan Park 88 km

A picturesque park overlooking Lake Awoonga, this spot is 9 km from the Bruce Highway along a sealed road. The dam is stocked with barramundi, making it a popular fishing destination. There is a well-stocked shop with a... Find out more

BIG4 Barney Beach 98 km

This is a quality park with a good range of facilities and spotless amenities. It is in a quiet area away from the centre of town and just 80 metres from the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mount Larcom park area 80 km

At Mt Larcom

Just off the highway in front of a cafe.

Calliope River rest area 81 km

T/O 21km N of Benaraby (L) or 30km S of Mt Larcom (R)

Well off the highway and overlooking the river.

Boyne River rest area 94 km

31km N of Bororen (L) or 1km S of Benaraby (R)

Just off the highway among trees on the riverbank.

What's on around town

Rotary Car, Ute and Bike Show: Mar.

Rockfest: Mar.

Callide Fishing Competition: Mar.

Callide Valley Show: May.

Old Wheels in Motion (Callide): festival celebrating farm machinery and vintage cars; July.

Arts Festival (Brigalow): Oct.

Food and Comedy Festival: Oct.

Coal and Country Festival (Moura): Oct.

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