Belyando Crossing is the only fuel stop between Charters Towers and Clermont. It also has a small caravan and campground, so for we mad travellers who had left Cobbold Gorge and were en-route to Mount Morgan, it was a sensible choice for an overnighter.
For that purpose, Belyando Crossing is great. Having read some of the reviews on WikiCamps and Trip Advisor I was expecting a something akin to a refugee camp run by someone with the people skills of Basil Fawlty. Please ignore the naysayers. I couldn’t figure out how to turn the lights on in the shower block, but everything else was perfectly acceptable.
For most people, Belyando Crossing is only going to be an overnight stop on the way to someone else. There’s not much around to keep you there for longer. There are powered caravan sites, but we opted for the fifteen-dollar unpowered option. There was heaps of space and trees for shade. The grass was a bit sparse, but that’s the climate for you, and we could even have a camp fire. There is deposit for the key to the ablutions block, but you get that back on check out so no problems there.
Many reviewers have also begrudged the policy of charging two dollars to use the toilets unless you make a purchase. Sometimes it is so easy to forget to walk in other people’s shoes. Belyando Roadhouse is in the middle of nowhere. Here someone is trying to eke out a living. The toilets still have to be cleaned and wages need to be paid. I get it. If everybody who went through Belyando filled up on petrol and did nothing else, then this establishment would probably close. No-one ever got rich from owning a petrol station in the middle of nowhere.
If you don’t want to pay for camping there are a couple of free camps along the road, including one on water a bit further north of the crossing where there were about 300 campers in in full view of the road and what seemed to be one tiny dunny block.
Give me a quiet spot behind a road house any day.
Kath, Mark and Connor – The Caravan