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​​​​​​​​​Take a journey through frontier country from Normanton to Croydon as you step aboard the iconic Gulflander. Also known as the ‘Tin Hare’, this legendary rail motor is one of the last great characters of the rail world.

Affectionately said to go from ‘nowhere to nowhere’, the Heritage Listed Normanton to Croydon line was never connected to the state rail network and remains the only line in Queensland still measured in miles. From wetlands and grasslands to arid Savannah territory, the Gulflander travels through countryside that most people will never see. This nostalgic rail journey is the perfect way to discover an area steeped in pioneering history and heritage. 

As a working tribute to the Gulf of Carpentaria’s early pioneers, the Gulflander is a once in a lifetime experience.​

NOTE: All bookings for the Gulflander have been suspended, effective from 27 March 2020, in the interest of avoiding non-essential gatherings.

Queensland Rail Travel is committed to supporting Queenslanders by preventing the spread of COVID-19. We thank you for your understanding at this difficult time. Cancellation and rebooking fees will continue to be waived​. 

Route Route: Normanton to Croydon​ Network Map Network Map: Train Stations
Distance Distance: 152 kms (94 miles)
  Departs Departs Normanton:
Wed at 8.30am
Duration Duration: 5​ hr   Departs Departs Croydon:
Thur at 8.30am ​

PDF​​ Download t​he Gulflander Brochure

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The Gulflander
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Normanton Station
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Normanton Station
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The journey is the destination.
For more information on timetables, fares and packages visit the Gulflander website.