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The Gulflander

Normanton Railway Station, Normanton, Queensland 4890, Australia
+61 7 4745 1391
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A ‘must do’ for those interested in history

This iconic train journey is something we had decided to do while staying in the Normanton area... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
travelbugbitten10
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Laidley, Australia
Cairns to Darwin 2018

While we didn’t actually travel on the Gulflander, we caught up with it at the siding near... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mark E
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Auckland, New Zealand
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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 early pioneers of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
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Normanton Railway Station, Normanton, Queensland 4890, Australia
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+61 7 4745 1391
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 :)

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Reviewed 5 days ago 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
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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 :)

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

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The two hour trip there and back to Critters Camp is well worthwhile. The driver gives a running commentary on the way out. Very informative about Normanton, the reason for the rail line, the railway line itself, the rolling stock and fauna - all excellant...More

Thank Peter S
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 25 June 2018

The Gulflander railway from Normanton to Croydon is 145 kilometres with a stop for morning tea. It takes 5 hours at a neck rattling max of 40 kph. The nostalgia is fabulous, the driver informative, our group in the rear carriage of the three was...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Thank you for sharing your lovely feedback - we are delighted you enjoyed experiencing this truly unique aspect of Queensland's history! Also glad you had a great time with your little group! We hope you took plenty of photos as a reminder of your day...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

It seems a trip on the Gulflander is on a lot of travellers bucket lists....if it is on yours, then you need to do it! My husband and I caught the train at Normanton on a Wednesday, travelled to Croydon, and got a bus back...More

Thank Deborah S
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 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

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Reviewed 8 June 2018

The Normanton Station first and foremostly is lovely and quaint with beautiful gardens like a little oasis amidst the dry country of Normanton. The RM93 took us for a short ride scenic out of town and back.

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 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 :)

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

One of those quirky old-fashioned railway journeys that you can't believe is still running and hasn't been gentrified. 94 mile / 150 km slow train with interesting commentary and scenery, along with a morning tea stop. The front carriage is the best but you must...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 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 :)

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

The Gulflander set off from the quaint station which housed museum pieces and interesting history. We took a slow journey (the mini experience) but thoroughly enjoyed the ride and our Train driver was very interesting. We loved the experience of how he started the engine...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Thank you for sharing your tips and experience - we're delighted you enjoyed partaking in a little of Queensland's history! We hope you're heading onward with wonderful photos and memories.

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Sheryl W
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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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