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The Gulflander

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About The Gulflander
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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Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile

Our timing did not allow for the chance to ride the Gulflander, but a visit to the station and station precincts gave us a good appreciation of it and the railway. A must do for rail buffs, equally hood for kids and worthwhile for anyone...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank bobjanh
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2018

Thanks for leaving us a review! We hope you get the opportunity to come back and actually ride the Gulflander some day.

Reviewed 8 November 2018

We actually passed the "Gulflander" on our way up to Normanton and as the train runs on limited days that was as close as we got ! But we visited the Station were some rolling stock is held and the station itself is worthy of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Skeney57
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2018

Thanks for taking the time to give Gulflander, and Normanton Station a review! She really is a lovely old station isn't she. We would love to have you onboard for the train journey sometime, hopefully we will see you again in the future. You are...More

Reviewed 13 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SandieMcCoy
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2018

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

Reviewed 10 October 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mary Ann W
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

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

Reviewed 29 September 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Malificent007
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 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 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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MarkE20
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 :)

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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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