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The Gulflander

Normanton, Australia
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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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Barry H wrote a review 3 May
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Wonderful heritage railway - organisation was perfect and an experience not to missed. A side trip to Karumba on the Gulf and Burke and Will Camp 119 well worth a visit. Recommend the Gulfland Motel for a stay.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from QueenslandRailTravel, Marketing Coordinator at The Gulflander
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for the review, appreciate you taking the time to review our product.
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AussiePD wrote a review Apr 2022
Alexandra Hills, Australia2010 contributions222 helpful votes
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Normanton & The Gulflander, they sort of go together. The Gulflander is a half day trip from Normanton to Croydon which in itself is a wonderful experience BUT it seems really a shame to come the way (from anywhere else) to not spend a few more days to explore the region. The Normanton Station you could spend a half day just exploring all the exhibits and reading the history of the town and the line. Also while here you can to a town walk and by the time you stop and read the many info boards and go into the 'pub/s' public buildings you could easily fill in a day. Then next day - Hire a car and take a 32klm drive out to Burke & Wills Camp 119 and spend an hour reading about the ill fated trip from Victoria to the Gulf and how they then met their demise. From there you can drive back into Normanton and on to Karumba on the Gulf. AND On the train - the drivers are also tour guides who know a lot about the history of not only the train and line but also the area. Along the way their are plenty to interest and lots of photo ops. For train buffs the info about the track, sleepers, bridges, creeks and particularly info about the difference between the 'dry' and 'wet' seasons will make the trip worthwhile. Once you arrive at Croydon the fun need not stop there. Do yourself a real favour and check out the many packages available that do both the Gulflander & Savannahlander all the way back to Cairns from Normanton. They include Cobbold Gorge, Copperfield Gorge side trips and lots more. And yes they will include a bus ride up from Cairns as well . All up our trip was 6 days from Cairns back to Cairns.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from QueenslandRailTravel, Marketing Coordinator at The Gulflander
Responded 1 week ago
So happy to hear you had such an amazing experience. Sure is the trip of a lifetime. Thanks for taking the time out to share your review.
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Michael S wrote a review Apr 2022
Brisbane, Australia90 contributions43 helpful votes
It is an experience! It might be only 94 miles (they still work miles on the line) but it takes a number of hours. There is commentary along the way about points of interest and interesting facts. There are stops including for the provided morning tea and others depending on requirements of the day. Generally expect nothing much more than 35kph and often less. It is an OLD track and OLD rolling stock so rock rattle and roll is the flavour of the day. NOT air conditioned but windows open for a breeze. Seats are reasonably comfortable, can face forward or back and while some suggest a towel to sit on - not really necessary. Onboard - fresh cold water and toilet facilities but do add your own water bottle. Take your time to watch the passing scenery - trees, shrubs, and more trees and shrubs BUT appreciate the subtle changes you would not appreciate at 100kph on the road. Then there is also the occasional wildlife to be spotted. Stay alert! We did this as part of a complete tour. Ken and Glen go out of their way to make the experience.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from QueenslandRailTravel, Marketing Coordinator at The Gulflander
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the review. It sure is an experience to remember. What Ken and Glen don't know isn't worth knowing. Thank so much for taking the time out to review.
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allankuskie wrote a review Nov 2021
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam10 contributions21 helpful votes
A great experience. It was a wonderful way to explore a remote part of Australia in a unique way in a vintage rail motor. The service was great & the staff expert in their delivery of the journey & their local knowledge .
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from QueenslandRailTravel, Marketing Coordinator at The Gulflander
Responded 7 Nov 2021
Thank you for your review. Certainly is an amazing way to travel.
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Sandra K wrote a review Oct 2021
Buderim, Australia21 contributions7 helpful votes
What an awesome experience it was to ride the Gulflander from Normanton to Croydon with Ken and Glen, driver and "first mate". A unique and unforgettable experience. Tea and muffins at a rail siding was wonderful.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from QueenslandRailTravel, Marketing Coordinator at The Gulflander
Responded 17 Oct 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to review. Happy to hear you enjoyed our journey, it sure is something not to miss!
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