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.
Samwell St; (07) 4748 7152
Nearby national parks
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
Caravan parks around town
Rest areas around town
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.
76km E of Croydon (L) or 71km W of Georgetown (R)
Adjacent to the highway.
What's on around town
Poddy Dodger Festival: June.