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Croydon

General Information: The Gulf Savannah is an interesting region to visit all year, however, during the monsoon season, transportation methods must be carefully considered, as some parts of the Gulf Savannah region suffer from a lack of road infrastructure.

The Gulflander is an historic railway link established in the 1800’s to service Croydon, which was then a booming gold town (it boasted 19 hotels in its heyday of which only one remains) from Normanton, which was this area’s port prior to the establishment of Karumba. Croydon Historic Village is now an historic precinct under a restoration plan.

Surrounding environs – savannah grasslands, low rolling hills which are rich in the historic remains of early gold mining activity.

Distance from Brisbane (State Capital):
Via Mount Isa – 2,463 kilometres : Via Cairns – 2,280 kilometres

Activites and Experiences at Croydon

  • Art and Craft making
  • Birdwatching Check with the Tourist Information Centre to find seasonal advice on birdwatching. During the winter months clouds of pink galahs visit Croydon providing a naturalist’s treat.
  • Bushwalking Customised and self guided walking tours are available.
  • Canoeing Lake Belmore is named after the land that was taken up in 1881 by Wiliam Chalmers Brown for a cattle run. The lake is an idyllic place for canoeing.
  • City Sightseeing Historic tours are available providing wonderful information on the town in 1887-1888 and later. Stories about some of the old buildings, the working of the Battery Mill, displays of mineral samples and other intriguing sites are here to been seen in Croydon.
  • Cooking
  • Cycling
  • Driving
  • Fishing – Estuary Lake Belmore is named after the land that was taken up in 1881 by William Chalmers Brown for a cattle run. The lake is an idyllic place for fishing for the famous Barramundi. Fishing is restricted and permits are required prior to an entry of this water reserve. Enquire at the Tourist Information Centre.
  • Flora It is the riches of nature which stimulate the spirit and capture the essence of the land – ancient acacia and bloodwood trees standing sentinel at the town’s outskirts.
  • Golfing A golf course is annexed to the Rodeo grounds.
  • Sightseeing Historic tours are available providing wonderful information on the town in 1887-1888 and later. Stories about some of the old buildings, the working of the Battery Mill, displays of mineral samples and other intriguing sites are here to been seen in Croydon.
  • Skiing – Water Lake Belmore is named after the land that was taken up in 1881 by William Chalmers Brown for a cattle run. The lake is an idyllic place for swimming and water skiing.
  • Sports Participate Facilities for indoor basketball, volley ball, netball and cricket. There is an outdoor bowling green, cricket and football fields available.
  • Wind Surfing Lake Belmore is named after the land that was taken up in 1881 by William Chalmers Brown for a cattle run. The lake is an idyllic place for swimming and wind surfing.
  • Swimming Lake Belmore is named after the land that was taken up in 1881 by William Chalmers Brown for a cattle run. The lake is an idyllic place for swimming.
  • Tennis Croydon has a tennis court and picnic area. The court has lights for night matches, and two electric barbecue hot plates and gazebos for shade. A playground is nearby.
  • Walking Historic walking tours are available providing wonderful information on the town in 1887-1888 and later. You will hear stories about some of the old buildings, the working of the Battery Mill, displays of mineral samples and tales about the pioneers of Croydon.
  • Water-based Lake Belmore is named after the land that was taken in 1881 by William Chalmers Brown for a cattle run. The lake is an idyllic place for swimming, picnics, boating, water-skiing and fishing for Barramundi. Fishing is restricted and permits are required prior to any entry of this water reserve. Enquire at the Tourist Information Centre.
  • Accommodation
  • Ambulance
  • Banking Facilities
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bottled Gas
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Coach Stop
  • Convention Centre
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Medical Facilities
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Active
  • Aussie Lifestyle Situated 3 kilometres from the town of Croydon is Lake Belmore, constructed for the towns water supply. Whilst camping is not permitted you can enjoy a refreshing swim, go water skiing, have a barbecue or try your luck with fishing. Fishing is restricted and permits are required prior to any entry of this water reserve. Enquire at the Tourist Information Centre.
  • Caravan and Camping There are plenty of shady trees and green grass, making an ideal camping spot in Croydon.
  • Cultural In years gone by Croydon was the gold capital of the colony and a boom town. Today damper, campfires and Akubra hats are part of daily life and any visitor will experience classic Australian traditions when they arrive.
  • Educational Guided tours will provide an abundance of information about the history of the town in 1887-1888 and later. There are stories about some of the old buildings, the working of the Battery Mill, displays of mineral samples and tales about the pioneers of Croydon. Visit one of the local museums and learn more about Croydon and the mining era.
  • Environmental It is the riches of nature which stimulate the spirit and capture the essence of the surrounding environment – the quiet starlit nights, the clouds of bright galahs, grazing cattle, ancient acacia and bloodwood trees standing sentinel at the town’s outskirts.
  • Fishing Lake Belmore is idyllic for fishing for the famous Barramundi. Fishing is restricted and permits are required prior to any entry of this water reserve. Enquire at the Tourist Information Centre.
  • Flora and Fauna It is the riches of nature which stimulate the spirit and capture the essence of the land – ancient acacia and bloodwood trees standing sentinel at the town’s outskirts. During the winter months clouds of pink galahs visit Croydon providing a naturalist’s treat.
  • Golf A golf course is annexed to the Rodeo grounds.
  • Health and Fitness There are facilities for indoor basketball, volleyball, netball and cricket. Outdoors, there is a bowling green, cricket and football fields are available.
  • Historic/Heritage The world’s most coveted metal is irrevocably linked with Croydon’s history – Gold. Ounces of gold spilled from the earth in long reefs of quartz amongst the granites and metamorphics. The first person to discover gold in Croydon was JW Alldridge, back in October 1885. The town has plenty of history and heritage, the heritage signs in the town detail items of local history and are located throughout the town, various tours included customised are available. There are also plenty of museums and historic sites to explore and absorb yourself in years gone by.
  • Nightlife Enjoy a night out in one of the historic hotels and have a chat with the locals.
  • Outback It is the riches of nature which stimulate the spirit and capture the essence of this outback land – quiet starlit nights perfect for stargazing, clouds of pink galahs, grazing cattle and a rugged landscape as far as the eye can see.
  • Pub Stay Enjoy a stay in one of the historic hotels.
  • Rail Completed in 1891, the railway is the point of departure for the historic Gulflander Rail-motor. Ride to Normanton and discover a new perspective on the Gulf Country.
  • Relaxation Relax at Lake Belmore, an idyllic place for swimming, picnics, boating and fishing for the famous Barramundi. Fishing is restricted and permits are required prior to any entry of this water reserve. Enquire at the Tourist Information Centre.
  • Remote It is the riches of nature which stimulate the spirit and capture the essence of this remote outback land – quiet starlit nights perfect for stargazing, clouds of pink galahs, grazing cattle and a rugged landscape as far as the eye can see.
  • Romance It is the riches of nature which will stimulate the spirit and capture the essence of the land – the quiet velvet nights are just perfect for stargazing and a romantic outback getaway.
  • Sport There are facilities for indoor basketball, volleyball, netball and cricket. Outdoors, there is a bowling green, cricket and football fields are available.
  • Wilderness It is the riches of nature which stimulate the spirit and capture the essence of this outback wilderness – quiet starlit nights perfect for stargazing, clouds of pink galahs, grazing cattle and a rugged landscape as far as the eye can see.
  • Wildlife During the winter months clouds of pink galahs visit Croydon providing a naturalist’s treat.
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