The Matilda Highway passes through Normanton on the way to the historic township of Karumba, 70 kilometres by road
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Highway passes through Normanton on the way to the historic township of Karumba, 70 kilometres by road
Normanton is the “capital” of the Carpentaria Shire, serving a vast pastoral region of 68,250 square kilometres. The Carpentaria Shire lies in the centre of the Gulf Region with common boundaries to the Shires of Burke, Cloncurry, McKinlay, Croydon, Etheridge, Mareeba, Cook and the Aboriginal Community of Kowanyama.
The township of Normanton is situated on the bank of the Norman River in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Matilda Highway passes through Normanton on the way to the historic township of Karumba, 70 kilometres by road. Normanton is 700 kilometres by road to Cairns and 500 kilometres by road from Mt Isa.
Mount Isa is the district office for the division. The Normanton police division covers approximately 30,000 square kilometres. The division is within the Carpentaria Shire. Normanton is an isolated station, this being particularly so during the wet season from December to March. During this time the average rainfall is approx. 1500 mm. It is not unusual for the town to be isolated by road from two to four weeks duration. The Shire
population is 5,035. Normanton population is 1,468, of which between about 75% are indigenous.
The Police Station is located in Haig Street, Normanton.
There is a day care centre, Kindergarten, Preschool, State School to grade 10, private Christian school to grade 7 and a local TAFE college. There are numerous organised activities for children during the Christmas School holiday period.
Normanton has a fully staffed hospital that runs twentyfour hours a day. There is a private doctor’s surgery, a chemist and several other specialist services that frequently visit the township such as dentist, optometrists and mental health visit on a monthly or quarterly basis.
QAS operate in Normanton and are currently staffed with 2 officers.
Normanton has three supermarkets which have a good range of products one includes a newsagent, two provide fuel. There is a weekly delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables from the Tablelands area. There are two butchers that have a large range of meats for a reasonable price.
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There is a BP service station, a hardware store, a video/electrical store, a gift store, two art galleries and three fully licensed hotels and three takeaway food outlets. There is various freight companies that deliver personal orders from the larger shopping chains based in metro areas.
Normanton has an airport, it is currently only serviced by Skytrans who run flights on weekdays only to Cairns and Mount Isa via Burketown, Doomadgee and Mornington
Island. Charter flights can be organised through private providers.
There is a bus service travelling from Karumba through to Normanton and then Cairns several times a week.
There is a railway service in Normanton; the Gulflander train runs several times a week, including weekends, to and from Croydon only.
There are several care hire services also available in Normanton.
Mobile coverage is provided by Telstra and Optus. Within Normanton you will enjoy mobile and Internet reception better than what you would in larger metro areas. Internet is available with Telstra and Optus. There are four TV stations Imparja, SCTV, ABC and SBS, Austar is also available. Digital television is now broadcasting in Normanton. There are several radio stations; the main stations include Rebel Rock, ABC Radio and Triple J.
Normanton has a sports centre owned by the Carpentaria Shire Council. Recently a pilot program was launched in Normanton which established a partnership between the Council and PCYC. The sports centre has basketball and netball courts, tennis courts, a playground and a 25metre swimming pool. There is also a gym at the sports centre. There is a local cricket competition run in the summer as well as other organised sports competitions including softball, netball, rugby league and touch football to name a few.
The Normanton Stingers rugby league team play in the MidWest QRL competition and is a well attended event whenever the team is playing at home. Other recreational facilities include a bowl’s club which has a regular competition and the Normanton Gun Club, which caters for people from beginners through the experienced shotgun shooters.
The main recreational activity in Normanton is fishing. Fishermen travel from all over Australia to drop a line in the Norman River, which has plentiful sources of Barramundi. Normanton has its own dedicated fishing bridge along the Norman River and there is always a heavy influx of tourists for the annual Barra Bash held during the Easter
The Normanton Rodeo is held annually every Queens Birthday weekend and is the biggest event of the year in Normanton. The Normanton Cup horse races are held annually in September and make for a great day out with the gents and ladies dressing for the occasion.
The main tourist attraction is Krys the Crocodile; a replica size statue of the world’s largest salt water crocodile ever caught, right here in the Norman River. The Big Barra statue and the Gulflander train are other popular attractions. Other iconic places include the Purple Pub, the old bank and the old watchhouse and Aboriginal tracker quarters.
The Visitor Information Centre, which is located in the heritage listed Burns Philp building, contains information about tourist spots in the shire and surrounds, and is also a wealth of shire history.
While Normanton can be a busy station, Police do enjoy a great relationship with the community.
In an emergency, dial Triple Zero 000.
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