Croydon is located 155km southeast of Normanton in outback Gulf Savannah country. The historical gold mining town proudly embraces its mining heritage in the form of machinery displays, mining museum, historic buildings and sites.
The True Blue Mining Experience at the Visitor Centre provides an informative and interactive display of the town’s gold discovery and the rise and fall of the industry. Old buildings and mining equipment are on show in the heritage precinct for all to see and learn more about the town’s history.
“The Oldest Store in Australia” is claimed by this outback township. The local general store has been operating since 1894. What an achievement. Other stores in the small town include supermarket, café and service station as well as the old Club Hotel, the only pub surviving since the gold rush.
The Chinese Temple site at old Chinatown confirms the large Chinese population settling in the town during the gold rush. Old building remains, pig oven and biographical plaques are of interest at this site. Croydon had one of Australia’s largest rural Chinese populations during the 19th century.
On the recreational side of town is Lake Belmore where swimming, water skiing and Barramundi fishing are permitted. The area is inhabited by freshwater crocodiles which are generally harmless to humans if unprovoked, however a buoyed area is provided for safe swimming. A lawn area with large shelter, free gas barbeques, playground and amenities (including showers) make a pleasant picnic setting in this remote area. Dogs are permitted at Lake Belmore.
The Gulflander train travels between Normanton and Croydon on a heritage listed rail dating back to the days of the gold rush. Once connecting the port town of Normanton to the goldfields it continues to do so today as a tourism experience, travelling from “nowhere to nowhere” in historic gulf savannah country. The train ride runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays with both one way and return trips and morning tea is available on board. One way rides can also return to Normanton by coach. For inquiries and bookings you can call 07 4745 1391.
Croydon is very historically oriented and those of you interested in the gold rush and the remote outback will appreciate the middle of nowhere experience.
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Destinations in Queensland
Daintree National Park
Tin Can Bay
Undara Volcanic National Park
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