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Climb aboard the legendary Gulflander for a rail journey unlike any other. Originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the rich gold fields of Croydon, today the Gulflander is a tourism icon and working tribute to the...more
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Normanton Railway Station, Normanton, Queensland 4890, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this trip... note it is quite warm at this time of year and open carriages and rail siding stop for morning tea means a bit sweaty... it is a heritage listed train mostly in original condition so a tad noisy and bumpy... so understand...More

Thank SandieMcCoy
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So great to hear you had a great time. Thanks for the tips re - the heat!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Apart from a crazy lady at the box office(trying to book a seat on a fully booked train) we had a great trip, very well looked after and commentary allowed us to learn a lot about this area in a bygone era. We were given...More

Thank Mary Ann W
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Fantastic to hear. Glad you got a bit of a smoother ride, and enjoyed the journey.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently had the opportunity to experience the adventure of the Gulflander on an organised tour. Which started in Cairns taken to Karumba for 2 nights then onto Normanton for our first train journey on the Gulflander which travelled to Croydon. The journey last for...More

Thank Malificent007
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for sharing your feedback - we're delighted you enjoyed taking this unique journey with us! Sounds as though you enjoyed learning its history also :) We hope you took many photos of your trip to serve as a reminder and, we'd...More

Reviewed 10 September 2018

This train journey travels through very remote and inhospitable country and goes from now where (Normanton) to now where (Croydon). This is a rare opportunity to experience our pioneering heritage in a unique and rare form of transport. Not to be missed if you are...More

Thank paulen25
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time out to review! So glad you had such a great experience. It most certainly is a must do!

Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Had long wanted to experience the Gulflander and when I finally did, it didn't disappoint. Went on the Saturday morning Critters Camp run today. The history lesson about Normanton and the railway itself were worth it alone. A great museum at the beautiful old railway...More

Thank Pantherboy
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Thank you so much for sharing your feedback - we're delighted you enjoyed taking this unique journey with us! Sounds as though you enjoyed learning its history also :) We hope you took many photos of your trip to serve as a reminder and, we'd...More

Reviewed 27 August 2018

This is a "must do" when in the area. The train leaves from the beautiful Normanton train station and we went on the billy run which lasted about 3 hours. There was a commentary and the train stopped next to a billabong where the staff...More

Thank Adventurers049
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience, we're glad you enjoyed our unique journey it certainly is one that has to be seen to be believed :)

Reviewed 13 August 2018

This iconic train journey is something we had decided to do while staying in the Normanton area. There are a few different ways to do it. You can take the train from Normanton to Croydon, stay the night, then come back on the train the...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Thank you for sharing your feedback - we're delighted you enjoyed your day out and, we're glad to hear you took plenty of photos. Please feel free to share these with us on the Queensland Rail Travel facebook or instagram profiles :)

Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

While we didn’t actually travel on the Gulflander, we caught up with it at the siding near Blackbull. We got to take a video and pictures and speak to the driver and passengers. They all spent the night in Croydon and were on their way...More

Thank Mark E
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience, we're glad you enjoyed our unique journey it certainly is one that has to be seen to be believed :)

Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately we only had a short trip on this historic train, from Normanton to Critters Camp. It was a fun experience. Was amazing to see the flood pole and dates of floods 1974 being the huge flood on the Norman River. The railway station has...More

Thank Annie W
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Thank you for sharing your feedback - we're glad to hear you enjoyed the step back in time on you recent journey... it's certainly a unique experience and insight into Queensland's history. We hope you took plenty of photos and, we wish you safe onward...More

Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

We are Train Tragics so we loved it. The trip from Normanton to Croydon driving in the old Railmotor was epic. The driver explained the history of the rail and the various locations allowing us to relive the way people lived. After a stop for...More

Thank John T
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Thank you for sharing your lovely feedback - we are delighted you enjoyed experiencing this truly unique aspect of Queensland's history! We hope you took plenty of photos as a reminder of your day out and, we wish you safe onward travels.

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Response from Chris W | Reviewed this property |
Costs vary quite a bit depending on what you do. Minimum for the Gulflander is $69 one way, $115 return (the next day). Add extra for morning tea/s and accommodation. We had a package deal which included the bus from Cairns... More
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