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Normanton

Established on the Norman River by William Landsborough, Normanton was the port for the Croydon goldfields and is the terminus of the historic Normanton to Croydon Railway.

A classic example of Victorian architecture is preserved in the Normanton Railway Station. About 30km to the southwest of Normanton is Camp 119, Burke and Will's most northerly camp. Other historical buildings also transport travellers back to an earlier time. The wetlands between Normanton and Karumba are excellent for bird watching, particularly just after the 'wet season'.

Normanton sits on a high, sandy ridge between the edge of the Savannah grasslands, which extend to the West and the wetlands to the north. Established on the Norman River by William Landsborough, Normanton was the port for the Croydon gold rush and is a terminus of the historic Normanton to Croydon Railway.

NormantonAIRSTRIP

  • Normanton has the largest airstrip in the Gulf Savannah.


LOCATION

  • 72 km south of Karumba
  • 151 km west of Croydon
  • 356 km east of NT border

ATTRACTIONS

The historic Normanton Railway Station, complete with original rolling stock, is the home of the "Gulflander", the most unusual railway line in Australia.

In the old Police compound now under Councils' control is a penitentiary dating from the late 1800s, which has seen some extraordinary characters as its guests. The historic Police compound was the main penal establishment for the Gulf Savannah during the heyday of the Croydon gold rush. It is said that here the last hanging in the Gulf took place. This is open to the public at no charge. Please enquire at the Council Office for access.

Purple PubCamp 119, the last camp of Burke and Wills expedition is down the Savannah Way towards Burketown on the left hand side of the road on the eastern bank of the Little Bynoe River (a signpost marks the access track). From this camp the expedition made a dash for saltwater. As this is a site of national historic significance, please treat it with respect.

Normanton has several historic buildings including old pubs, the Westpac Bank and the Burns Philp Building that has recently been refurbished and now houses a Visitor Information Centre.

On the outskirts of Normanton, to the north, are lakes that are home to a variety of birdlife: jabirus, brolgas, herons and waterbirds of all description work these lakes for food, providing great photographic potential.

In the centre of Landsborough Street, opposite the old powerhouse site, is the original well, from which water was drawn by residents during the early settlement of Normanton. The light pole next to the well was forged at the foundry in Croydon.

Along the Flinders River, Archer's Creek (where Krys the Crocodile was shot) and the Norman River at Glenore are some good fishing spots.

FACILITIES

Airport - Phone (07) 4745 1313
Ambulance - Phone (07) 4745 1299
Bowls Club - Phone (07) 4745 1614
Bynoe CAC - Phone  (07)  4714 9030
Carpentaria Kindergarten - Phone (07) 4745 1259
Carpentaria Shire Council - Phone: (07) 4745 2200
Centerlink - Phone (07)  4745 1751
Commonwealth Bank - Agency only at Australia Post Office - Phone (07) 4745 1247
Community Health - Phone (07) 4745 1241
Courthouse - Phone (07)  4745 1177
Gkuthaarn Aboriginal Corporation - Phone (07)  4745 1182
Gulf Christian College - Phone (07) 4745 1180
Kukatja Place - Phone (07)  4745 1619
Library & Visitor Information Centre - Phone (07) 4745 1065
Multipurpose Sports Centre
- Phone (07) 4745 1580
Normanton Bowls Club - Phone (07)  4745 1614
Normanton Childcare Centre - Phone (07)  4745 1736
Normanton Golf Club - Phone 0429 451 424
Normanton Gun Club - Phone (07)  4745 1261
Normanton Hospital - Phone (07) 4745 1144
Normanton State School - Phone (07) 4745 1227
Normanton TAFE - Phone (07) 4745 2000
North West QLD Primary Health Care - Phone (07) 4745 1038
Oxfam - Phone (07) 4745 1315
Police - Phone (07) 4745 2555
Post Office - Phone (07) 4745 1247
Public Phone- outside post office
Skytrans - Phone (07)  4745 1224
Taxi & Car Hire -  Phone (07) 4745 1220
Tennis Courts - Phone (07) 4745 1580
Westpac Bank - Phone 07) 4745 2666
Yargin Aboriginal Corporation - Phone (07) 4745 1647

Blackwater Dump Site - Council depot in Philp Street, offices hours only

ACCOMMODATION & SERVICES

Albion Hotel
Phone (07 4745 1218
Fax: (07) 4745 1675

Brolga Palms Motel
Phone (07) 4745 1324
Fax: (07) 4745 1626

Central Hotel & Motel
Phone (07) 4745 1215
Fax:  (07) 4745 1598

Curley's Cattle Transport
Phone  (07)  4745 1165

Foodworks
Phone (07) 4745 1376

Foote's Plumbing
Phone  (07)  4745 1364

Gallaghers Butchering
Phone (07) 4745 1444
Fax: (07) 4745 1444

Gobble and Go
Phone (07) 4745 1571

Gulf Concrete
Phone  (07)  4745 1151

Gulf Glass & Glazing
Phone
0427 915 356

Gulf Meat Supplies & Car Hire
Phone (07) 4745 1220
Fax: (07) 4745 9146

Gulfland Souvenirs
Phone (07) 4745 1307
Fax: (07) 4745 1222

Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park
Phone (07)  4745 1290
Fax: (07) 4745 1138

Hawkins Transport
Phone (07) 4745 1197

Jack Carlec & Fuels
Phone  (07)  4745 1221

KC's Corner
Telephone 07 4745 1168

Leichhardt Lagoon (camping)
Phone (07) 4745 1330
Fax: (07) 4745 1573

Norman River Fishing and Cruises
Phone/Fax  (07)  4745 1347

Norman County Snacks & Supplies
Phone/Fax  (07) 4745 1214

Normanton Bakery
Phone: (07) 4745 1031
Fax: (07) 4745 1140

Normanton Railway Station
Phone (07) 4745 1391
Fax: (07) 4745 1222

Gulflander

It is always advisable to book your "Gulflander" ticket in advance. The station also provides tourist information.

Normanton Rural Supplies
Phone (07) 4745 1500

Normanton Tourist Park
Phone (07) 4745 1121

Normanton Traders
Phone (07) 4745 1235
Fax: (07) 4745 1338

Normanton Video & Electrical
Phone  (07) 4745 1387

Norwest Plant & Pastoral
Phone (07) 4745 1294

Savannah Aviation
Phone:  (07)  4745 1681

S & E Motors
Phone  0420 103 291

S & J Electrical
Phone 0417 794 465

Shan Rose Pharmacy
Phone (07) 4745 1570
Fax: (07) 4745 1574

Stop Shop
Phone: (07) 4745 1186
Fax: (07) 4745 1186

The Purple Pub (National Hotel)
Phone (07) 4745 1324
Fax : (07) 4745 1626

Top Service Station
Phone (07) 4745 1261
Fax: (07) 4745 1282

Tuxworth & Woods Transport
Phone (07)  4035 4022