Some 10k from Gladstone is the small junction town of Calliope. Calliope is now a corridor suburb of Gladstone.
The town is reputedly named after the ship Calliope, which brought the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy to Port Curtis in 1854. Industries of the town and surrounds since that time have included gold mining, beef, timber, and more recently, tourism.
Traveling west from Gladstone will take you through Calliope.