Normanton .. Gulf Savannah

gulflander
Gulflander
Lily Pads in ponds after the wet.

Normanton sits on a high sandy ridge between the edge of the Savannah grasslands to the west and the wetlands to the north. Established on the banks of the Norman River as a port for the Croydon gold rush it is the terminus of the historic and most unusual railway line in Australia.

The Police compound is a penitentiary from the late 1800's, and is said to have housed some interesting guests. Some hung around longer than others. As a matter of fact, it's here the last hanging in the Gulf took place.

Permission to view this place in history is required from the Police Station.

The Normanton Railway Station, complete with original rolling stock, is the home of the "Gulflander". The Normanton to Croydon line was popular with tourists who could even have their vehicle taken along with them. Most don't these days as the road is mostly all bitumen.

Camp 119 the last camp of the Burke and Wills expedition is down the "top road" towards Burketown on the left hand side of the road on the eastern bank of the Little Bynoe River.

The Westpac Bank is an historic building and once serviced the wealth of the goldfields of Croydon and the thriving seaport economy of Normanton. On display are the scales once used to weigh the Croydon gold.

 

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