Calliope River

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Calliope River
Calliope River in flood, December 2010
Country Australia
State Queensland
City Calliope
Source Calliope Range
Mouth Pacific Ocean
 - location north of Gladstone, Qld
Length 100 km (100 mi) approx.
Basin 2,230 km2 (860 sq mi) approx.
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The Calliope River is located in Central Queensland, Australia. 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 approximately 100 kilometres, with a catchment area of approximately 2230 square kilometres.

Oakey, Paddock and Larcom Creeks are the main tributaries of the river.[1] The major industry in the river area is the raising of beef cattle.[citation needed]

Like others along the tropical coast of Australia, the river contains a rare germ which destroys flesh.[2] The waters of the river may also contain box jellyfish for many kilometres upstream.[3] 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 (immmediately adjacent to the current Bruce Highway).[4]

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  1. ^ "Water resources - Overview - Queensland - Basin & Surface Water Management Area: Calliope River". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Simon Crase (20 May 2010). "Calliope River bug takes man's leg". The Observer (APN News & Media). Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Kylie Bartholomew (27 April 2010). "Jellyfish sting survivor 'shouldn't be alive'". ABC News Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Calliope River Historical Village". Port Curtis Historical Society. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 

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Coordinates: 23°50′S 151°13′E / 23.833°S 151.217°E / -23.833; 151.217