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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.​

Gulflander is now operating limited services with social distancing measures in place. 

Queensland Rail Travel is committed to supporting Queenslanders by preventing the spread of COVID-19. More information here. 

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

Planning a rail holiday for 2021?  

For information about rail holidays travelling in 2021, please contact our Holidays Team or visit one of our Travel Centres.  Please note the 2020/21 Rail Holiday Brochure is valid for travel to 31 March 2021.  A new brochure for the travel season from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 will be available online soon.

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