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A legend of the outback

Take a journey 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.

From wetlands and grasslands to the arid Savannah, the 1950 railmotor, also known as the ‘Tin Hare’, ventures through countryside that most people would never see. This nostalgic rail journey is the perfect way to discover an area steeped in pioneering history and heritage.

Our Normanton Officer-in-Charge, Station Master and Driver of the Gulflander, Ken Fairbairn, takes visitors on a unique rail journey through some of Northern Queensland’s iconic Gulf Savannah landscapes.

Normanton was the port for the Croydon Gold Rush, with the Normanton Railway Station featuring preserved Victorian architecture. Croydon is a small town with a big history which started with the discovery of gold in 1885.

As the Gulflander only carries a small number of passengers, you will experience a friendly atmosphere which adds to the charm. Enjoy morning tea en route as the on board accredited Savannah Guides keep you entertained with trivia, species identification, amusing stories and colourful characters.

Step back in time and discover a rich pioneering history and the incredible Gulf Savannah country aboard the Gulflander.