Population 1098

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 at that time, today runs the award-winning Gulflander tourist train. More recently, Australia's largest saltwater crocodile, known as Krys the Savannah King, was shot at nearby Archer's Creek in 1957. A life-size replica of his body, over 8 metres long, can be seen in the council park.

Visitor Information

Caroline St; (07) 4745 1065

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In Town

Railway Station: National Trust–listed Victorian building; Matilda St.

Original well: settlers used it for drawing water; Landsborough St.

Giant Barramundi: big monument to the fish; Landsborough St.

Scenic walk and drive: self-guide tours to historic buildings including the Old Gaol in Haig St and the restored Bank of NSW building in Little Brown St; brochure available from information centre in the Burns Philip Building.

Gulflander: this historical 152 km railway journey from Normanton to Croydon reveals the remote beauty of the Gulf Savannah; Gulflander also runs regular sunset tours with billy tea and damper, and other short trips.

'Croc Spot' Cruise: at sunset on the Norman River; departs Norman Boat Ramp 5pm Mon–Sat.

Norman River fishing tours: fishing trips and boat hire for barramundi and estuary fish; details from visitor centre.


Lakes: attract jabirus, brolgas, herons and other birds; on the outskirts of Normanton.

Shady Lagoon: bush camping, birdwatching and wildlife; 18 km SE.

Fishing: catching barramundi is very popular in the area – try the spots at Norman River in Glenore (25 km SE), Walkers Creek (32 km NW) or off the bridges or banks in Normanton.

Burke and Wills cairn: last and most northerly camp of Burke and Wills (Camp 119) before their fatal return journey; off the Savannah Hwy; 30 km SW.

Bang Bang Jump Up rock formation: a solitary hill on the surrounding flat plains with excellent views; Matilda Hwy; 106 km SW.

Dorunda Station: cattle station offering barramundi and saratoga fishing in lake and rivers; accommodation is available; 197 km NE.

Kowanyama Aboriginal community: excellent barramundi fishing, guesthouse and camping; permit to visit required from Kowanyama Community Council; 359 km NE.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching in Mutton Hole Wetlands 32 km

Take your binoculars to the 9000-hectare Mutton Hole Wetlands, between Karumba and Normanton, which are of international significance as a breeding, feeding, moulting and drought refuge for birds. You will find a variety... Find out more

Campsites around town

Normanton Tourist Park

This park has 55 powered sites, 25 unpowered sites, 12 ensuite cabins and 5 budget rooms. Facilities include a lap pool, artesian spa bath and 3 amenities blocks. Normanton is about 380 km north of Cloncurry and 680 km... Find out more

Leichhardt Camping Park 21 km

About 800 m from the Norman River on the Normanton–Croydon Rd (Savannah Way), 26 km east of Normanton. There are no powered sites here but campers are encouraged to bring their own generators. You need to boil or... Find out more

Karumba Point Tourist Park 35 km

This caravan park has an excellent range of facilities, including a swimming pool, craft shop, 2 amenities blocks, fish-cleaning areas and laundry facilities. Air-conditioned, on site caravans are available. You’ll... Find out more

Blackbull Siding camping area 78 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

Normanton Tourist Park

Located in the centre of town, the park has good amenities, some large shady trees, and the town’s swimming pool within its bounds. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Gulf Country Caravan Park 33 km

Karumba is an extremely popular winter destination, when southern tourists flock north during the cooler winter season. A reservation is necessary during this extremely busy period. This park is just 50 metres from the... Find out more

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park 35 km

This is a good quality park close to the boat ramp and very popular with those tourists who flock to the area in the cooler winter months. Some stay for a whole winter. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Karumba Point Tourist Park 35 km

This is a popular tourist spot located 7.5 km from Karumba. A feature of the park is the fish barbecue on Saturday nights. The park has a craft shop with a range of stock. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Purple Pub & Brolga 
Palms Motel

Yes it is purple and it’s famous, mainly just for being purple, a particularly startling colour when dotted with red and yellow signs advertising the brand of beer served within. It’s the happening centre of... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Leichhardt Lagoon camping area 21 km

T/O 24km SE of Normanton (R) or 131km W of Croydon (L)

In a natural bush setting 800m off the highway near the Norman River.

QT 125 rest area 59 km

156km N of Burke and Wills (L) or 38km S of Normanton (R)

Adjacent to the highway.

QT 124 rest area 74 km

116km N of Burke and Wills (R) or 78km S of Normanton (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Blackbull Siding rest area 78 km

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

Just off the highway at the rail siding.

What's on around town

Barra Classic: Easter.

Normanton Show and Rodeo: June.

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