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The Gulflander

Normanton Railway Station, Normanton, Queensland 4890, Australia
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Delightful old train......

It seems a trip on the Gulflander is on a lot of travellers bucket lists....if it is on yours, then... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Deborah S
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Brisbane
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A nice short scenic ride on the RM93

The Normanton Station first and foremostly is lovely and quaint with beautiful gardens like a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jillybean712
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Cairns, Australia
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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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  • Average8%
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Normanton Railway Station, Normanton, Queensland 4890, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 1 week 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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Chris W
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks 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 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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Reviewed 15 May 2018

I have always wanted to do this trip on the gulflander now I have what a trip we left at 8 30 am from Normanton and we traveled thru the scrub at a slow rate of knots as its narrow gauge around 20 to 30...More

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

Thank you for sharing your feedback - we're glad to hear you enjoyed the rustic '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...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

We are doing a tour and part of it is to The Gulflander. The station, little museum and other tourist information is fantastic. Not only the main Gulflander RM93 but also the other 45min dmaller RM60 was a great little journey the day before. It's...More

Thank Simon T
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 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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Reviewed 22 October 2017

We took the share ride trip from Normanton to Croydon. Normanton station is lovely and reminds me of Kuranda station. There were a lot of people booked on and from the first it was obvios that couples had decided to take two seats so each...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We'd be lying if we said we weren't a little disappointed the Gulflander experience didn't live up to expectations however, we appreciate your feedback. We will share this with our Customer Feedback Team for future review and improvement however,...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

A must do for anyone interested in historic rail and the Queensland outback. Do not expect a smooth ride or aircon, but what an experience. The driver is a real rail history buff and knows the local properties as well. A one day trip for...More

Thank Ian S
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Hi Ian, Thanks so much for sharing your Gulflander experience - it's certainly a very unique rail motor experience! Our driver is a fount of all knowledge when it comes to the Gulflander and surrounding region - it sounds as though he added to your...More

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

If you are a train buff this needs to be on the global list. It is surely a unique train experience. Our guide and driver, Ken, provided a fascinating commentary and history of this remarkable train and railway. Part of the uniqueness was the early...More

Thank Elaine S
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

We love receiving feedback like this – it’s nice to know you loved our train and this experience as much as we do and with the help of people like you, we hope to continue running this service for many, many years to come. We’d...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2017

We travelled on the Gulflander from Normanton to Croyden. The trip was 5 hours. We left at 8.30 am and travelled the old line through flood plains, past livestock and old mines. The commentary by Ken was interesting and informative. We stopped for morning tea...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Thank you for your feedback Kathy, we're so happy you enjoyed this truly unique rail travel experience! Ken is a very knowledgeable and passionate driver and guide, so we're not surprised you found his commentary interesting. We hope you took plenty of photos of your...More

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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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