Charges over 'gruesome' Qld caravan deaths

Perry Duffin and Tracey Ferrier

Police have charged a man with the murder of a man and a woman, both aged in their 60s, at a Queensland caravan park.

Officers called to Calliope Caravan Park on Thursday afternoon found a 63-year-old man with severe head injuries lying outside his caravan. He was taken to hospital but could not be saved.

A woman, 60, was found dead inside her caravan and two crime scenes were established as detectives swarmed the area.

Detectives found a 64-year-old man sitting in a nearby park just after midnight and charged him on Friday evening with two counts of murder.

Police seized a small, bloodied tomahawk from bushland near the deceased woman's home.

It is being examined to determine if it was the murder weapon.

The victims and their alleged killer all knew one another and were long-term residents of the park.

"Both scenes were quite horrific for police and emergency services," Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow told reporters on Friday.

He described the scene as "gruesome" and said people who lived in the caravan park were shocked by the event.

"We believe someone would have seen something, heard something which may assist police with their investigations," he said.

Police spent Friday interviewing residents of the van park south of Gladstone, as forensic specialists gathered evidence at the two caravans where the victims were attacked.

The alleged killer is expected before Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday.