SUNNY, QUIET AND WELCOMING, QUEENSLAND IS AUSTRALIA’S PREFERRED HOLIDAY PLACE. IT IS A LAND OF VIOLENT CONTRASTS, EXTENDED FROM THE SPARKLING PACIFIC COAST, WITH ITS WIDE PALM BEACHES, TOWARDS THE VAST AND WILD OUTBACK.
Stefania Mezzetti una vita in viaggio, un’esperienza di viaggiatrice consolidata negli anni con reportage e servizi da tutto il mondo, spesso a bordo di un treno che l’ha portata alla scoperta di paesaggi e località incredibilmente affascinanti. Intanto il suo treno ha fatto tappa ad Agenda Viaggi dove scrive in inglese e francese.
The links to Queensland’s pioneering past run deep, but few so unique as that of the ‘Tin Hare’ and the Heritage-listed Normanton to Croydon line it travels.
A legend of the outback, the Normanton to Croydon line is affectionately said to go from nowhere to nowhere. The line was originally constructed to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the rich goldfields of Croydon, during the feverish heights of the Gold Rush.
To combat the oft-times challenging seasonal impacts of floodwaters, the line was laid with George Phillips’ patented steel sleepers. To this day, not only does the line retain most of the original sleepers laid between 1888 and 1891, but it remains isolated from the rest of the Queensland Rail network and is still measured in miles.
While the gold rush is a distant memory, the railway line and its worthy companion, the Gulflander, continue to connect these regional communities with vital services, as well as connect visitors with Queensland’s fascinating history.
Enjoy Normanton Station’s vintage charm – make friends with the station animals or explore the treasure trove of history here; wander amongst the historical displays, museum and vintage locomotives and carriages, or stop by the gift shop for a Gulflander souvenir. Step aboard our rail motor overflowing with character, and imagine yourself on a journey from long ago.
Stop off at Blackbull Siding for a cuppa and to stretch your legs and visit Critter’s Camp to spot the local creepy crawlies… All the while, our Savannah-accredited guide and driver will regale you with their detailed knowledge of local flora and fauna, before delighting you with tales of the region’s colourful characters.
Make it even more of an adventure, exploring Normanton’s surrounds and heading to Karumba to enjoy a stunning sunset cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria, learn something new at Karumba’s Barramundi Discovery Centre, or try your luck on a fishing tour.
Once deep into this diverse and at times surprising region, discover Croydon’s Heritage Precinct, including the courthouse, which dates back to 1887 – just imagine the day to day runnings and court sessions that took place here.
And before you head off, be sure to stop at Queensland’s longest, continuously operating general store for some supplies – it’s doors have been open since 1894. Whether travelling solo, in a group or with your favourite companion, the Gulflander and Normanton to Croydon journey is a must do experience.
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