Outback Towns


Take the time machine back into an era of the outbacks last great goldrush!

About Croydon

Croydon – 19th Century Goldrush Town

The historic goldrush town of Croydon is located in the heart of the Gulf Savannah, 562 km west of Cairns.

When first settled in the 1880s Croydon was a large pastoral holding. By 1887, the town's population had reached a staggering 7,000, but by 1926 the Mining Warden had left as there were too few miners remaining.

One of the best ways to explore Croydon and the Savannah country is by the rail trip on the Gulflander - otherwise known as the Tin Hare - from Normanton. Once you have savoured the amazing wildlife of the Savannah, stepping off the train and into Croydon is like taking a journey back in time.

Today restoration and conservation is ongoing on the town's historical sites:

The Old Police Precinct with Jail. - the Police Station houses a photographic display "Discover Croydon". The Heritage listed Courthouse 1887, the Town Hall with Movie Projection Equipment, Federation Park with unique steel artworks depicting the natural and cultural heritage of the Croydon area, the Old Hospital Ward - now a conference centre, Static Mining Machinery, the Mine Museum with a recently restored Gold Milling Stamper, the Chinese Temple - archaeological site, the Cemetery with Chinese section and Croydon's historic Club Hotel - the only remaining license of the original 122 issued on the gold fields.

The Gulflander Train travels from Normanton to Croydon weekly, providing an historic journey.

Don't forget to visit the longest continuous running general store in Queensland - the general store commenced trading in 1894.

Lake Belmore is situated only 4 kms from Croydon offering Barramundi fishing all year round!


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