Population 255

Croydon is a small town on the grassland plains of the Gulf Savannah. It marks the eastern terminus for the Gulflander train service, which leaves each Thursday morning for Normanton. The train line was established in the late 1800s to service Croydon's booming gold industry. Many original buildings dating from 1887 to 1897, and classified by the National Trust and Australian Heritage Commission, have been restored to the splendour of the town's goldmining days.

Visitor Information

Samwell St; (07) 4748 7152

Nearby national parks

  • Undara Volcanic National Park

    Undara Volcanic National Park, established in 1990, protects one of inland Queensland’s most fascinating attractions, the longest lava...more

Nearby towns

  • Normanton

    Normanton thrived as a port town in the late 1800s when the gold rush was on in Croydon. The Normanton-to-Croydon railway line, established...more

  • Karumba

    Karumba is at the mouth of the Norman River in the Gulf Savannah. It is the easiest access point for the Gulf of Carpentaria, the key reason...more

  • Mount Surprise

    Mount Surprise is a historic rail town in the Gulf Savannah. Its name comes from the surprise the Aboriginal people felt when they were...more

In Town

Historical precinct: many restored buildings bring the rich history of Croydon to life. Highlights include the old courthouse with original furniture, and the old hospital featuring original hospital documents.

Outdoor Museum: displays mining machinery from the age of steam; Samwell St.

Old Police Precinct and Gaol: historic documents and access to gaol cells; Samwell St.

General Store and Museum: restored store in the old ironmongers shop; Sircom St.


Mining Museum: interesting display of early mining machinery including battery stamper; 1 km N.

Historic cemetery: includes old Chinese gravestones; 2 km S.

Chinese temple site: Heritage-listed archaeological site preserving 50 years of Chinese settlement that followed the gold discoveries of the 1880s. Take the Heritage Trail to see how the Chinese lived; on road to Lake Belmore.

Lake Belmore: one of many sites for birdwatching, along with beautiful picnic areas and barbecue facilities. Also swimming, waterskiing and fishing (limits apply); 5 km N.

Campsites around town

Blackbull Siding camping area 59 km

This basic campground is on Savannah Way (Gulf Developmental Rd), about 90 km east of Normanton. You need to bring drinking water and firewood; generators are permitted. Normanton is the major commercial centre of the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Croydon Caravan Park

This well-maintained council-owned park is close to the centre of town. It has lots of green grass, large shady trees and cable TV. The park is within walking distance of everything in town.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Blackbull Siding rest area 59 km

94km E of Normanton (R) or 61km W of Croydon (L)

Just off the highway at the rail siding.

Gilbert River rest area 66 km

73km E of Croydon (L) or 74km W of Georgetown (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Gilbert River East rest area 69 km

76km E of Croydon (L) or 71km W of Georgetown (R)

Adjacent to the highway.

What's on around town

Poddy Dodger Festival: June.

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