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The Gulflander

Normanton, Australia
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About The Gulflander
Climb aboard the legendary Gulflander for a rail journey unlike any other. Originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the rich gold fields of Croydon, today the Gulflander is a tourism icon and working tribute to the early pioneers of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a trip! Slow but an awesome visit into the past! Corny, morning tea, but all part of the experience! The commentary awesome, just awesome! A big tick off the list. And the destination, Croydon, what a town!! Very well done!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Trevor and Sue M
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Trevor and Sue, thank you for the lovely review! Great to hear you enjoyed the trip!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed visiting the remote towns in Nth Qld and travelling through cattle country, Loved the birdlife and travelling on the historic Gulflander.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Lyn M
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're delighted you enjoyed your journey on our Gulflander and, we're happy to hear you loved the scenery and history. We hope you left with many photos and fond memories and, we wish you safe onward travels!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I very nearly gave this two stars and I would have but for the enthusiasm of staff and for the historic nature of the train. The problem for me was the train ride itself. Beautifully restored carriages and lots of information from the driver but...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank PeterLangston
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. We'd be lying if we said we weren't a little disappointed the Gulflander experience didn't live up to expectations however, we appreciate your feedback. We will share this with our Customer Feedback Team for future review and improvement. We're glad...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely step back in time for a couple of hours and a must for train spotters like my husband. Ingenious engineering on steel tracks and the middle carriage is the most comfortable.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Gabster130913
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your feedback! We're delighted you enjoyed the relaxing and comfortable trip on the Gulflander :) We hope you took plenty of photos as a reminder of your experience and, we wish you safe onward travels!

Reviewed July 25, 2019 via mobile

We visited a small mining town called Croydon. After visiting their information centre decided to do the sunset tour from Croydon to Golden Gate on the train Gulflander. The track is 128 yrs old and we saw memories of the old gold mining areas. Dinner...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank wendythomas1955
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely feedback - we're delighted you enjoyed taking this unique journey with us at the last minute! Enjoy the rest of your travels.

Reviewed June 23, 2019 via mobile

A must do if in Normanton. In fact riding the Gulflander train is the sole reason for my visit to Normanton. It is a lovely step back in time. Spent the 5 or so hours bouncing along on the way to Croydon. But it was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank H6697FAnickh
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2019

Thanks for your amazing travel tips! We are so happy you loved your Gulflander experience. We hope you took many photos of your trip to serve as a reminder and, we'd love to see you back someday!

Reviewed June 13, 2019

We flew in from Bris via Cairns. Dinner in the Albion Hotel where we also stayed 2 nights. Great pub, great food, good clean accommodation. Short walk in the morning to the beautifully maintained station where the Porter, ‘kiwi’ took care of our bags before...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank R6681MNchrist
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Sales at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2019

What a great trip! It sounds as though you got the full experience on the Gulflander, always fantastic to hear. We wish you safe onward travels.

Reviewed May 7, 2019

Gulflander and Savannahlander trip A great experience, wonderful to see the country after a long wet season! But I would suggest a different supplier if you are contemplating this trip. What a disappointment. Do your research! If you follow their suggested trip you will spend...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank janett c
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review. This is generally a page dedicated to The Gulflander train itself, rather than extended tours that include the train as one attraction. It is of concern to us that you had some shortcomings...More

Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

Our timing did not allow for the chance to ride the Gulflander, but a visit to the station and station precincts gave us a good appreciation of it and the railway. A must do for rail buffs, equally hood for kids and worthwhile for anyone...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2018

Thanks for leaving us a review! We hope you get the opportunity to come back and actually ride the Gulflander some day.

Reviewed November 7, 2018

We actually passed the "Gulflander" on our way up to Normanton and as the train runs on limited days that was as close as we got ! But we visited the Station were some rolling stock is held and the station itself is worthy of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Skeney57
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at The Gulflander, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to give Gulflander, and Normanton Station a review! She really is a lovely old station isn't she. We would love to have you onboard for the train journey sometime, hopefully we will see you again in the future. You are...More

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Response from Deborah S | Reviewed this property |
The Gulflander website advises of all prices.....different prices for seniors, concession etc. For accuracy, best to check the details. Our cost was $165 for two.
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