Townsville City to Karumba, Queensland the Savannah Way is a themed tourism adventure drive

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Townsville City to Karumba Qld 

10 Hr 45 Min 920km

  1. Townsville City
  2. Greenvale
  3. Conjuboy
  4. Mount Surprise
  5. Georgetown
  6. Croydon
  7. Blackbull
  8. Normanton
  9. Karumba
Easter Holidays April 2018 Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Easter Holidays April 2018 Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

1. Townsville City

Council has a range of facilities including our CityLibraries, pools & stadiums, parks, beaches & community venues and theatres & galleries. Also, visit our TicketShop for tickets to Townsville’s premier events including theatre, concerts and sport.

Uncover the hidden stories of Townsville’s military past, embark on a hike which will leave you inspired, or head out on the water for a magical encounter with the wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef. With so much on offer, you’ll quickly fill your Townsville North Queensland holiday itinerary.

Anderson Park Botanic Gardens

Anderson Gardens is the largest of Townsville’s botanic gardens, offering 25 hectares of fauna and flora to explore. Wander through the collection of garden displays or find a shady spot to sit back and relax. 

Centrally located in Mundingburra, the Garden contain fine specimens of tropical trees, palms and Pandanus. The World Cycad Garden, Grand Avenues and Tropical Orchard are of particular note. A representative collection of Cape York Peninsula rainforest specimens is displayed along with native plants and flora of the dry tropical regions of the world. Anderson Gardens were named in appreciation of the work of William Anderson, City of Townsville’s first Curator of Parks from 1878 to 1934.

Anderson Gardens is a quiescent beauty amongst Townsville’s abundant natural attractions.

Easter holidays, Barramundi Fishing Competition, Anzac Day Karumba Qld Australia

Easter holidays, Barramundi Fishing Competition, Anzac Day Karumba Qld Australia

Burdekin Diorama

The Burdekin Diorama provides a shady location to stretch your legs and discover the Burdekin’s rich heritage. Easy to stop into, and interesting to find, you’ll enjoy the diorama’s surrounds.

Burdekin River Bridge

The Burdekin River Bridge is the district’s best known landmark. Locally known as the Silver Link, it is a road and rail bridge which also has a pedestrian walkway. 

Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park

Cape Pallarenda was a quarantine station in the early 1900s and a strategic defence location in World War II. 

Castle Hill

Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite monolith that stands proud in the centre of Townsville – a perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves.

Centenary Park

Step back in time to the days of the gold rush when you visit Centenary Park in Charters Towers. 

Charlie’s Hill

Constructed by the RAAF in 1943, the No 211 Radar Station on Charlie’s Hill was one of twenty radar installations along the North Queensland coastline. 

Charters Towers Cemetery

Charters Towers Cemetery was established in 1895. It is the resting place for a number of interesting local characters including Jupiter Mosman 

Gubulla Munda

A popular place in the Burdekin for visitors to take photos is located in Plantation Park, Ayr. The giant carpet snake is an impressive feature, and makes a fantastic backdrop. 

Townsville City Gubulla Munda

Townsville City Gubulla Munda

The Strand Park Townsville War Memorial

Don’t use Townsville war memorial’s clock tower to check the time: its clock faces have long been replaced by four plaques depicting an eagle, crossed swords, anchor and the seal of the City.

2. Greenvale

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Must see places in Greenvale ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Greenvale and point of interests to visit.

3. Conjuboy

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Spurwood Springs Log Cabin Venue

Spurwood Springs Log Cabin Venue is nestled in the Mena Creek Valley Nth Qld a 1 1/2 drive south of Cairns.

They offer a genuine farm setting with great photo opportunities such as stock yards, cattle in background, all the farm animals, hay bales, log cabin, hitching rail and campfire at evening. The bride can arrive in the horse and sulky and the wedding ceremony can be held in the round stock yards with a mob of cattle in the background or by the native trees on the creek line. A corrugated iron background with country mural is also available if raining. Venue hire includes all tablecloths, country table decorations, hay bales, all china, cutlery, glasses, wine glasses, eskies for beer etc. Our country home style menu is very popular.

Please contact them if you would like to visit us at the farm to gain an appreciation of the atmosphere that is created to make your country wedding most memorable. Contact for a no obligation wedding kit. Country hospitality, They’re simply the best.

4. Mount Surprise

Sitting on an ancient volcano, Mt Surprise is a tiny Gulf savannah town with a fascinating past.


· Kalkani Crater and the Lava Tubes tour
· Savannahlander and Copperfield Gorge tour
· Cattle station tour
· Bedrock Village
· Snake show and other wildlife
· Gem fossicking and local gems

Renowned for its topaz, savannah landscape, gorges and famous volcanic lava tubes, northern Queensland’s Mt Surprise has wonder around every corner.

Situated 315km south-west of Cairns, Mt Surprise is on the Savannah Way and is home to the Bedrock Village Caravan Park and Tours. We hadn’t been to this park since 2005 and, since then, owners Joe and Jo Lockyer have continued to develop their four-star park and still conduct the tours for which they are famous. Bedrock Village is not far from the volcanic Undara Lava Tubes – part of the longest lava flow from a single volcanic crater on earth. Backing onto scenic spring-fed Elizabeth Creek, which is great for relaxing in the company of thousands of butterflies, the property is like an oasis in the dry eucalypt forest.


The Lockyers run a variety of nature-based tours in the surrounding area, including the nearby lava tubes. There are half-day and full-day tours available and Denyse and I took the full-day tour. We felt it gave us the complete lava tube experience, as we saw a number of tubes which you don’t see on shorter tours and we had more time to appreciate them.

The tours leave from the park office at 8am and the first stop is to walk up and around Kalkani crater. This is a dormant volcano with a perfectly round top and there are great views over the whole of the McBride volcanic province. It is a bit of a climb, but our group of oldies made it without a problem. We then had morning tea with homemade biscuits and banana bread, before walking through three lava tubes, each different in some way. Accessing the tubes involved climbing over rocks holding a rope, so you’ll need to leave extra gear on the bus and just hang a camera around your neck, leaving your hands free to climb.

A three-course lunch was provided at the Undara Resort, before we continued through five other tubes, which were much easier walking.

Barker’s Tube is 600m long, but poor air quality limits access to the end. Several tubes contained water from the late wet season, and some had boardwalks. The Road Tube has wheelchair access and even a chair-lift, meaning almost anyone can see something of this natural wonder. Several tubes had hundreds of small bats clinging to the ceiling, and we saw rocket frogs and moths living in the tubes as well.

Some tubes had vaulted ceilings caused by gas bubbles rising above the lava flow, and there were wonderful colours in others, caused by minerals in seepage water. The sheer size of the tubes, sometimes as high as 20m, is astonishing and you cannot begin to imagine the volume of lava that flowed out of the Undara volcano.

We returned to Bedrock at 6pm, feeling we had really seen the lava tubes.

Undara to Mount Surprise

Undara to Mount Surprise


This is a half-day tour that begins with Bedrock’s coach taking you to the train station when the Savannahlander train arrives from Cairns about midday.

The old rail motor has quite an interesting history, which is explained during the two-hour trip to Einasleigh. At one stop, the guide showed us a greater bower bird’s bower. We also stopped for pictures going over the Junction and Einasleigh rivers, where we spotted two fresh water crocs. We saw several types of wallabies and some brolgas. For those interested in history, this trip travels through volcanic cattle country that was once the centre of copper and gold mining. There is not much at Einasleigh now, but the old pub has an amazing display of miniature houses and furniture in glass cases. It is the only survivor of the nine pubs that were at Einasleigh a century ago. We had time for a drink or an ice cream before continuing on to Copperfield Gorge.

This was a highlight for Denyse and I, and the waterfall was flowing strongly. There are plenty of black bream in this gorge and the water flows through high rocky walls into colourful, tranquil pools. Copperfield Gorge is quite different from other gorges we have seen, but be careful not to get too close to the undermined edges.

We returned to the coach for a tour of the old town, and were interested to hear just how large it was in the mining days. There was 45km of dirt road with several water crossings before we hit 
the tar seal on the way home.

Not far from Einasleigh, we stopped at a large, peaceful waterhole to boil the billy for a genuine outback cuppa and home-cooked carrot cake. We also had a look at Jardine’s Lagoon, named after the Jardine brothers who took cattle on a long trek up to Somerset on the peninsula. It is a haven for waterbirds, and also contains water lilies and fresh water crocs. It rained on the way home, and this road became a slippery slide. Di, our guide and coach driver, handled the difficult conditions very well.

Bedrock Village also conducts a tour to a local cattle station, where you can take part in the activities. There is a working dog demonstration, and the owners take you out to a picturesque waterhole. We didn’t have time for the tour, but you have to leave something for the next visit!

Bedrock Village Caravan Park - Mt Surprise

Bedrock Village Caravan Park – Mt Surprise


Back at the caravan park, the powered sites are large, drive-through and almost all have shade from native trees. There are unpowered sites and air-conditioned, self-contained cabins as well. The park has good quality, but untreated, bore water, which all the locals drink, and we were pleased to be able to re-fill our tank (using our Best filter, just to be sure).

The newly-renovated amenities blocks are a delight to use – there is plenty of hot water and each shower has a separate change room, its own light and they are serviced regularly, ensuring they are fresh and clean. Disabled facilities are also available.

Beside the sparkling pool is a huge fireplace where Joe and others conduct a regular singalong in the evening.

Bedrock Village Caravan ParBedrock Village Caravan Park - Mt Surprisek - Mt Surprise

Bedrock Village Caravan Park – Mt Surprise

There is also a large undercover camp kitchen where we enjoyed happy hour with other guests, and the staff regularly put on a pizza evening, sausage sizzle or other meals. There are also free gas barbecues, as well as a games/ TV room and nine-hole mini golf course.

The shop carries a range of groceries, gas refills and souvenirs. Joe and son Toby run a mechanical workshop for vehicle servicing, repairs and tyres. Pets are welcome and a pet-minding service is available for those who go on Joe’s tours.

There are concessions for those who stay a week and there is a capped site price for families. This is not commonly seen, but is really appreciated by those travelling with children.


In the town itself, you will find a small general store and service station, another servo, a post office, police station, pub, two gem dealers, cafe, school, rail station and not much else. The cafe advertises that it has the best hamburgers, made “the way they used to be, before they stuffed them up”.



Don’t miss seeing Russell’s snake show at Planet Earth Adventures. We first saw him on our trip in 2005, when he met the Savannahlander, and put his black-headed python, Clancy, around Denyse’s neck. It was too early in the tourist season for him to be meeting the train this year, so we looked him up and we were pleased to renew our acquaintance with Clancy, who is now 17 years old and 3m long. He is available for private viewings – just go to Russell’s house.

Mt Surprise is famous for its topaz and other gems and you can drive yourself out to the fossicking area at O’Brien Creek (about 35km) or take an organised tour with all equipment supplied. What a thrill it would be to find one of the rare green topaz.

When in the savannah country, allow plenty of free time in your travel schedule to explore all the special places that only the locals know, and bask in some genuine country hospitality.

5. Georgetown 

The Outback route Georgetown is a kaleidoscope for the self-sufficient adventurer.

Leaving the coast and heading inland can be a surreal experience for travellers, especially in the Top End. Watching the landscape start to parch and go from lush shades of blues and greens to that enticing shade of earthy red is a real eye-opener. This is no more apparent than on the trip inland from Cairns in Queensland along the Savannah Way. It’s around Georgetown in the Gulf region where you really leave the greenery behind and start to get a taste of real, red dirt, outback country and it’s a landscape that will leave you breathless.

The Savannah Way is an adventurous alternative to the main linking highways from Cairns in far north Queensland, right through to Broome in Western Australia. It takes in a series of sealed and unsealed roads and tracks, showcasing some of the north’s finest attractions. It’s not just one road, though – there are a whole heap of alternative routes that can be explored simply by following the signs. We decided to tackle the section from Georgetown to Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park (NP), Qld, and we found some great little campsites, and a heap of things to explore along the way.

Georgetown Peace Monument Garden

Georgetown Peace Monument Garden


Our first stop was the Cumberland Chimney Historical Site. This beaut little free camp is located around 21km west of Georgetown and has an interesting history of gold mining. Constructed in 1889, the chimney, a few small brick structures and some fenced off mine shafts are all that remain of the once-thriving mine and township that in its day peaked at extracting over 11,500 ounces of gold.

The campsite that now inhabits the area is basic, with no amenities, but is rich in flora and fauna, especially birdlife, and an education in historic Australian industry. If you love your bird watching, this place should be a must on your bucket list as the abundance and variety of species that frequent the site is first rate. Species include a variety of shrike, rainbow bee eater, stubble quail and emu, just to name a few. The picturesque, white lily-decorated dam directly beside the campsite is a popular stopover for many migrating species, so the binoculars and camera are sure to get a workout.

Much to the kids’ amusement, the ground here is covered in gold dust – albeit fool’s gold and quartz. Along with the haunting termite mounds that resemble grave stones and a few odd structures poking through the savannah grasslands, it’s a free camp that’s fun to explore and worthy of at least an overnight stay.

Georgetown Australia Welcome Sign board

Georgetown Australia Welcome Sign board


Our next stop was the town of Normanton – some 300km west along the Gulf Developmental Road, or just down the road as the locals put it. Perched on the Norman River, this small town is in the heart of Gulf Country and is claimed to have had the biggest saltwater crocodile ever caught once residing in the river. At 8.64m-long, the monster croc was named Krys after Polish crocodile hunter Krystina Pawlowski, who shot the beast dead in 1957. A life-size statue of the dinosaur-like reptile now stands in its place in the town centre, although it’s rumoured that another almost as big has been sighted in the river as recently as 2010.

Another attraction this little neck of the woods is famous for is the Gulflander antique railway. This still-functioning diesel locomotive with passenger carriages runs scenic tours and return trips on its original route from Normanton to Croydon on a regular basis. It was originally built to connect the river port of Normanton to the goldfields of Croydon in the gold rush era and was known as the trip from nowhere to nowhere, as it was segregated from the state rail network.

There are a couple of caravan parks in Normanton – the Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park and the Normanton Tourist Park. We opted to stay in the latter which had good facilities and was walking distance to the Purple Pub. The Purple Pub is exactly as it sounds – a big purple pub – and it puts on a top pub feed with motel-style accommodation available as well.

From Normanton, we travelled south along the Burke Developmental Road and then west again along the Wills Developmental Road, but not before a quick stop at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse. Aptly named because of its location on the original route that the early explorers Burke and Wills took, the roadhouse offers a small number of powered campsites as well as an excellent feed and basic supplies to keep you topped up on your trip.


GEORGETOWN Rural Livestock Property

GEORGETOWN Rural Livestock Property


Gregory Downs will be your last chance for fuel for the trip out to Lawn Hill, although fuel is available at Adels Grove campsite. Adels Grove is one of the accommodation options available for visiting Lawn Hill.

The road out slowly turns from a thin black strip of tarmac through the savannah grasslands to a red bulldust covered track into the dry plains and red sandstone ranges of Lawn Hill.

Adels Grove is located 10km from Lawn Hill Gorge and there are plenty of unpowered campsites available. Although there are no powered sites here, there are cabins and river tents available with power. There are hot showers, a restaurant, bar and a camp kitchen that also serves fish and chips of an evening.

There’s a shop that stocks basic supplies, a mechanical workshop and fuel bowser with diesel and unleaded fuel to keep you going, limited Telstra internet service and a public phone. It’s an incredibly remote part of the country, but there’s enough here to keep you sustained for an extended stay if you choose to take your time to explore the area.

Adels Grove is also pet-friendly although your four-legged family member will have to stay behind if you plan to visit the national park.

There’s plenty to do and see inside Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP. But our first and foremost activity on the list was to drag the kayak into Lawn Hill Creek to explore the gorge.

The first thing you’ll notice about the water is its bright green appearance. This is due to the high concentrate of calcite and dolomite caused by limestone dissolving into the water from a chemical reaction to the rainwater. Perfectly safe for swimming, the clear green waters are ripe with several species of fish – most commonly archerfish and some rather large catfish. Fishing is off-limits in the national park, though, but you can drop a line in back at Adels Grove.

Georgetown Visitor CentreGeorgetown Visitor Centre

Georgetown Visitor Centre


The park was previously known as Lawn Hill Park and now goes by its Indigenous name Boodjamulla. The traditional owners of Boodjamulla – the Waanyi Aboriginal people ( – believe that Boodjamulla, the Rainbow Serpent, created the gorge and everything in it, as told in the Dreamtime story. Boodjamulla shows himself as the olive python Bububurna and large olive pythons are a common sight in the gorge. The story of Boodjamulla is presented on boards along the Rainbow Serpent Track.

There are plenty of walking tracks to explore, taking you to the best scenic vantage points overlooking the gorge. The tracks range from easy walks that the kids will love to challenging treks that will give you a complete workout. The national park also has its own RV-friendly camping area with basic amenities including toilets and cold showers.

Exploring the Savannah Way is one of the true Aussie outback adventure drives and this section involves exploring the heart of the Gulf region as well as one of Queensland’s most scenic national parks. It’s a great alternative to sticking to the highways and you’ll see some of the best of the north along the way.

Georgetown QLD 4871 DagworthGeorgetown QLD 4871 Dagworth

Georgetown QLD 4871 Dagworth


Georgetown is 380km south-west of Cairns via the Gulf Developmental Road. Normanton is another 300km north-west, with Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP 436km south of Normanton on the Burke Developmental and Wills Developmental roads.

Georgetown, QLD Torrlinger

Georgetown, QLD Torrlinger

Georgetown Cumberland Dam

Georgetown Cumberland Dam

6. Croydon

Croydon is the main town in a shire which covers 29,538 square kilometres. Once an important gold mining town it is now a place known for “The Gulflander”, an historic train which leaves Normanton every Wednesday and makes its way 150 km east to the tiny and historic town of Croydon. The railway was built to transport gold and people from Croydon to the port at Normanton. At its peak it moved over 10,000 people each year. Today it is a relaxing journey across a flat area known for its swamps and termites. Beyond that the town has a number of significant and interesting historic buildings.


Croydon is located 1,197 km north west of Brisbane via Emerald and Charters Towers and 528 km west of Cairns. It is 125 m above sea-level.

Origin of Name

The town was named after Croydon Downs Station. It was W. C. Brown, the manager of the station, who, in November 1885, discovered the gold which led to the development of the town.Things to See and Do

The Incredible Croydon Walking Trail
There is a downloadable brochure titled The Incredible Croydon Walking Trail which provides details (and a map) of the 28 places worth inspecting around Croydon. Download

The most interesting include:

1. The True Blue Visitor Information Centre
Located at 51-59 Samwell Street it is the sensible starting place. It has a theatrette which features the Gold For Now film. It also has restored antique Bedford cars; extensive information on the gold history of the town; examples of mining architecture; historic machinery and equipment and sculpture gardens.
The exhibits include: (a) a Five Head Stamper Mill on the verge outside the Visitor Centre. It was made in Croydon at Stuart and McKenzie’s Union Foundry and carted out to Templeton by Charles Hughes and his horse team to be used to crush tin-bearing ore. (b) a huge 3m Flywheel – which was used on the main drive shaft at the Mount Morgan Mine 25 head battery stamper at Table Top (c) the original Tabletop School House on the corner.

2. The Croydon Heritage Precinct
Croydon has been developing an historic precinct comprising a number of buildings from the goldrush era. The surgeon’s house has been converted to a bottle museum. The courthouse, which was built in 1887, has been listed by the National Trust. It was constructed of wood, which was easily transportable from Normanton. The building now houses a number of interesting artefacts from the town’s past.
Other buildings in the precinct include the Police Sergeant’s Residence (1897), the Police Station (1896) mining warden’s office, the Croydon General Store, the old gaol and butcher’s shop and the hospital. There is also an interesting outdoor museum in which many old pieces of mining equipment have been placed on display.

3. The Police Station
Located on the corner of Aldridge and Samwell Streets and built in 1899. New police buildings were constructed at the rear of the police reserve in 1977 and the nineteenth century buildings were vacated but not removed from the site. The National Trust of Queensland occupied the early buildings in 1982. More recently, the Croydon Shire Council has used the police station as a library and museum. For more detailed information check out

4. Croydon Court House
Located in Samwell Street, the Croydon Court House was designed by the Queensland Colonial Architect’s Office and built in 1887. Part of its importance is the way it used corrugated iron as wall cladding because suitable timber was scarce and voracious termites made keeping buildings in good repair a constant problem. The last court was held in 1926 and since then it deteriorated until it was purchased by the Croydon Shire Council in 1961. National Estate money helped preserve the building in 1980 and by 1999 it had become a Court House Museum, a tourist attraction. The Queensland Heritage Register notes that it is “a single storey building on low stumps and faces Samwell Street, the main street of Croydon. To one side of it are the former police buildings and on the other, former town hall. The court house has a timber frame and is clad with vertical corrugated iron. The gabled roof is also clad with corrugated iron. A verandah with a separate awning supported on posts runs around three sides of the court room. The main entrance is central and approached by low steps. Behind the court room and set at right angles to it are a series of 3 gabled sections containing offices.” For more detailed information check out

5. Town Hall 
Known variously as the Croydon Shire Hall and the Croydon Town Hall, this charming building (completed in 1892) is now used as a picture theatre, dance hall and venue for live concerts. It is a large, single-storeyed timber and galvanised iron building with a square, bell capped tower, a tall flagpole, a clock and cast iron balustrading. The Queensland Heritage Register notes: “Although the main body of the hall is of light hardwood construction with corrugated galvanised iron external sheeting, the tower and the front verandah are lined timber, as is the floor and stage at the rear of the interior. A corrugated galvanised iron sheeted roof is supported on timber trusses and is hipped at the tower end and gabled at the rear; with a separate awning roof over the front veranda. The ceiling of the hall is unlined, although the later additions are fully lined internally with hardboard sheeting.” For more detailed information check out

6. Croydon Shire Council and Ten Head Stamper Mill
Located next to the new Shire Council building (it was built in 1991) is a Ten Head Stamper Battery which was brought to the town from one of the mines at the southern end of local goldfield.

8. Federation Park Sculptures
Located on the corner of Samwell Street and Alldridge Street the Federation Park has a number steel sculptures set in the gardens. The sculptures depict Croydon’s heritage focusing on the role of Aboriginal culture, Chinese settlement, the Pastoral Industry, the Railway and Gold Mining. The War Memorial was commissioned from Blacksmith Artist Hans Pehl and is in the shape of an open book which depicts the names of soldiers from Croydon who fought in the First World War, Second World War, Korean and Vietnam Wars. Surrounding the memorial are a series of unusual interpretations of weapons engraved with inscriptions of the dove of peace. 

11. Chinese Temple
This is an archaeological dig site located on the road out to Lake Belmore. The Chinese were vital for the early goldfields. They provided fresh vegetables and fruit (mostly mandarins, watermelons, lemons and custard apples) and worked as cooks and carriers. At its peak, Croydon was home to around 300 Chinese and the remnants of the area include the temple (the Queensland Heritage Register records that it was “The concrete temple foundations comprise a main building with overall dimensions of 22 metres by 6 metres. The temple is orientated NE-SW with the main entrance facing SW. The building comprised: a 4 metre by 6 metre front section, possibly with a suspended roof; a 1.7 metre deep, covered porch; an internal concrete floor 6 metres wide and 10.75 metres long; a rear section, probably on low timber stumps, 6 metres wide and 7 metres long”), a caretaker’s house, a meeting hall, an outdoor oven and extensive artefacts scattered around the area. For more detailed information check out

17. Club Hotel
The Club Hotel has the unique distinction of being the last pub standing. In 1887 it was one of 36 hotels on the Croydon goldfields. Today it preserves this old world charm.

18. Croydon General Store
The General Store claims to be the longest continuously running general store in Queensland. It was built in 1894 and has been operating ever since. Today it is a combination of museum and shop. It houses a collection of memorabilia and artefacts as well as groceries, take-away food, fuel and souvenirs. Tel: (07) 4745 6163.

20. Mining Museum
Located on the outskirts of town (it is signposted off the road to Normanton) is the Mining Museum. It is located on the Iguana Mine Site and the display includes a restored 5 head gold mining stamper; a Miner’s hut which was the home of the Bing Chew family, descendents of original Chinese immigrants; and a range of historic mining equipment and relics. 

22. Croydon Rail Station
The original Croydon railway station was built between 1888-1891 as the eastern terminus of the line from the port at Normanton. The Queensland Heritage Register points out that “The country was flat but difficult for conventional railway tracks due to flooding, lack of suitable timber for sleepers and termite attack. In 1884 George Phillips patented a system for taking railways across such country which utilised special U-section steel sleepers laid directly on the ground. During floods the line could be submerged without washing out the ballast and embankments normally used, so that it could quickly be put back into service when the waters subsided. The steel sleepers were also impervious to termite attack, and although initially more expensive than timber sleepers, were cheaper to lay and maintain. The bridges along the line were also designed to be submersible. This system was particularly suited to the Gulf country and was specified for the Normanton to Croydon line with Phillips engaged to supervise the construction.”
The station is interesting but has changed dramatically. “Croydon station is now a simple building clad in corrugated iron with a low pitched roof which does not resemble the station destroyed in 1969, but appears to have reused some of the materials. A set of Avery scales are against the outside wall at the end of the building and a cylindrical water tank is adjacent. Beyond the tank is an 1887 Saxby and Farmer lever, believed to be rare.” 

7. Blackbull

Blackbull Qld Testimonial

Blackbull Qld Testimonial

Blackbull Qld Testimonial

Blackbull Qld Testimonial

Blackbull Qld Testimonial

Blackbull Qld Testimonial

Blackbull Qld Testimonial

Blackbull Qld Testimonial

8. Normanton

Normanton – The Barramundi Capital of the North

Located at the head of the Norman River, 700km west of Cairns ,with a population of 1,328, Normanton is known as the ‘Barramundi Capital of the North’, with locals regularly catching fish in excess of 5kg.

The town sits on a high ironstone ridge and the surrounding area comprises coastal saltpans and mangrove fringed river systems. Normanton is internationally recognised as an important location for Australia’s migratory wading birds such as brolga and sarus crane.

The Morning Glory

From late September to early November a peculiar cloud formation occurs. The Morning Glory is a series of long cigar shaped cloud formations that roll out of the Gulf in lines of three or four, usually in the early hours before daylight.

Amazing Australian BIG Things big crocodile in normanton

Amazing Australian BIG Things big crocodile in normanton


Normanton Rodeo

Normanton Rodeo

Normanton History

Normanton was established in 1868. In 1891 theGulflander Railmotor weekly train service from Croydon to Normanton was established. The town became the principal port for the goldrush town of Croydon, 150km to the east-southeast.

Normanton’s Indigenous Culture

The Normanton area of the Gulf of Carpentaria holds the traditional lands of the Gkuthaarn, Kukatj, Kurtijar and Kokoberrin peoples.

Things To See And Do in Normanton

Take a scenic wildlife-spotting cruise or try your hand at fishing with a local Savannah Guide, visit the railway station, take a ride on the Gulflander.

Historic buildings include the ‘Purple Pub’, the ‘Albion Hotel’, the original Burns Philp building, the Bank of New South Wales which is now a listed National Trust building.

9. Karumba

The Gulf Savannah extends from the Great Dividing Range in the east, to the Northern Territory border in the west – covering around 186,000 sq kilometers. There are vast flat plains around the southern Gulf area stretching to the south. To the east and southwest of the region there are rising uplands. Savannah grasses, shrubs and trees along with a rich variety of wildlife provides a landscape which really is – amazing!

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

The southwest area of the Gulf region is heavily mineralized and is part of the north west mineral province. The Gulf’s land area can be compared to being approximately 80% the size of Victoria. There is an annual water run-off equivalent to almost 30% the national total – this is larger then the Murray Darling basin!

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Sunset View at Park

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Sunset View at Park

The Gulf Savannah features a tropical climate – wet season in the summer and dry season through the winter. The temperatures range from a daily average maximum of 33°c and minimum of 20°c, with an approximate rainfall of 900 mm per annum.

There are two bio-regions in the Gulf:

The Northern Gulf – Resource Management Group – NRM and

The Southern Gulf – Catchments – NRM

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Villas

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Villas

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Trees

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Trees

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Sunset Captured at Park

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Sunset Captured at Park

The role of these groups is to produce strategies for the management and protection of the bio-regions. Supporting this process at the catchment level, are catchment co-ordination and Landcare groups.

There are 20 wetlands in the Gulf region and the Gulf is drained by 28 drainage basins, with the majority of streams flowing north and northwest into the Gulf of Carpentaria. These river basins include the Mitchell, Flinders, Gilbert, Leichhardt, Nicholson, Norman and Staaten.


Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Villas With Trees Jan 2018

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Villas With Trees Jan 2018

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Slabs Grass Trees

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Slabs Grass Trees

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Slabs Grass Trees

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Slabs Grass Trees

The regions water courses provide a range of natural and economic functions, including habitat and nursery grounds for marine life, water supply for domestic, natural and agricultural purposes, sport, tourism and recreation as well as the overall role in the supporting the complex Gulf eco-systems.

This backdrop provides the perfect setting for an incredible diversity of birdlife including numerous migratory species – and many avid ‘twitchers’ and birdwatchers travel to the region each year. Karumba, being located on the coastline offers the unique situation of bringing this Savannah Outback environment to the sea. The marine plains extend inland for up to 30km and as well as the prolific birdlife – provide a home for the fascinating prehistoric saltwater crocodiles.

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Trees and Bird in Park

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Trees and Bird in Park

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Slabs Grass Trees

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Slabs Grass Trees

Gulf dolphins, dugongs, sharks and all manner of fish and marine life abound in the Gulf waters. There is also a stark contrast between the wet and dry seasons each year – bringing migratory birds to the area.

Mutton Hole Wetland – between Karumba and Normanton, covers 9000 hectares in the Gulf Plains bio-region. The Mutton Hole area contains Karumba plains wetland vegetation communities. These amazing wetlands are of local, state, national and international significance for breeding, feeding, moulting and drought refuge for a variety of water-birds that include Whistling Ducks, Sarus Cranes, Brolgas and waders. The wetland is listed under the National Estate, to be the leading light of how local communities and government can work together to protect important nature values, cultural values as well as maintain an income for local businesses.

Take a tour at the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre to discover the secret life of barramundi

Take a tour at the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre to discover the secret life of barramundi

The Savannah Way is a themed tourism adventure drive linking Cairns in the east and Broome in the west – this route actually passes through 4 World Heritage areas and 15 National Parks

The Morning Glory phenomenon adds further fascination for visitors – these cloud formations generally pass through Karumba before dawn and arrive shortly after first light in the Burketown area – usually during September and October each year 

Barramundi Centre Tripadvisor Testimonial Karumba Point QLD Australia

Barramundi Centre Tripadvisor Testimonial Karumba Point QLD Australia

Barramundi Center Tripadvisor Testimonial Karumba Point QLD Australia

Barramundi Centre Tripadvisor Testimonial Karumba Point QLD Australia

Barramundi Centre Tripadvisor Testimonial Karumba Point QLD Australia

Barramundi Centre Tripadvisor Testimonial Karumba Point QLD Australia 

Why 2018 will be Special for Everyone

Why 2018 will be Special for Everyone

Travelling the Gulf can take many forms from standard vehicles, 4 wheel drives, motorbikes, vehicles towing caravans and camp trailers and more.  

For specific road condition details – closures, roadworks, flooding and other road network information we suggest the Queensland Government Department of Main Roads link – 131940 – which you can phone or type in as a search.  Each of the Gulf regions Council areas also post regular road reports through the ‘wet season’ months – from around November/December through to March/April depending on weather and road conditions.  This includes Etheridge, Croydon, Carpentaria, and Burke Shire area.

Croc and Crab Fishing Charter Booking Through Park Management

Karumba has a particular appeal in destinations along the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline – as it’s the only place you can get to the coastline of the Gulf on bitumen road all the way from the east coast on the Savannah Way or through from Cloncurry/Mt Isa direction via the Matilda Way.  This means we have cyclists (yes that’s bicycles) and all types of transportation modes which can make the trip to watch a sunset, catch a fish, see how barramundi are bred for release in restocking, learn the history and heritage of the diverse Gulf region, take a river cruise and see croc’s, enjoy mud-crab, prawns, fish and more from the Gulf or just kick back and enjoy the laid back relaxed atmosphere.  

In the middle part of the year there is a major fundraising event started back in 1997 which is a cycling ride from Cairns to Karumba – some 7 days…the Coast to Coast Bike Ride raises funds for kids in the bush.


Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Sunset View

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Sunset View

The Savannahlander and Gulflander train rides are a great experience and truly a part of the history of the region which you can enjoy as you head for Karumba.

There is a lot of information available across existing websites to help you travel safely, comfortably and also making sure you don’t miss all the amazing places, people and experiences along the way.  Below we have listed several links to help with your planning.

There is a 3 times weekly bus/coach service from Cairns to Karumba, stopping at all towns along the way – plus they carry smaller freight items – preferably 20kg or under however they will try and accommodate larger items where possible.  Trans North is the service operator with agents in each town as well as the option to book online.  They depart from Cairns on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and return the following day with the trip taking approx. 11 hours.  Comfortable air conditioned coach and there are packages for those wanting to ride the Gulflander train and see some other Gulf sites – these are available from a variety of agencies including Qld Travel Train.

Savannah Way Convoy Australia

Savannah Way Convoy Australia

For commercial flights you can check with Rex Airlines which fly in and out of Normanton and there are charter operators such as West Wing/Skytrans and Savannah Air you just need to enquire about cost and availability.

Various tourist coach operators bring regular tours through the Gulf country throughout the year so some Google searching will easily help you find these, or your holiday travel agency is bound to have lots of information.

The Gulf Chamber of Commerce has a great tourism website with plenty of regional information as well as their Chamber general website.

Savannah Way Ltd – this is our Local Tourism Organisation and their site has an abundance of information including travelling tips and details.

Savannah Way Convoy Australia

Savannah Way Convoy Australia

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Book Now Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Fishing Accommodation

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