"Normanton, Railway Buff's Mecca" Normanton by pedroswift

Normanton Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 44 photos

OK !"mecca" may be a bit rich

But Normanton does have an antique rail motor that does a weekly trip to Croydon and during the "tourist season" a couple of shorter trips for an evening BBQ or a daytime bush tea and damper experience. Railmotor
As well as that it is on the road to Karumba one of the few gulf townships accessible by road in a non-four wheel-drive automobile during the dry season. Gulf Savannah page.

Derivation of the name - "Normanton"

First came the name "Norman River" from Frederick Walker, one of the many explorers who went looking for Burke and Wills. He discovered and named the Norman River after the captain of a ship named 'Victoria'. Then in 1867 William Landsborough sailed up the Norman river and chose the site for the settlement of Normanton.
Read more history - the ill-fated expedition of Burke and Wills 1861. A typical example of English superiority complex!

Look for Normanton's Heritage Listed Jail but try hard to visit as a tourist rather than an intern!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Must for Train Spotters
  • Cons:Not the "Big Smoke"
  • In a nutshell:On the road to Karumba
  • Last visit to Normanton: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 31, 2013
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    I'm a sucker for old railways, so I'm sure I'd like the Gulflander. Why did all those Paul Theroux-types insist on staying in room 8?


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