Normanton is sort of no where but is an important place. It served as a "port" for gold seekers coming to Croydon and boomed for a time. The park is as one might expect for an out of the way place somewhat unremarkable, however don't be fooled. The amenities are very clean and quite satisfactory- I had one of the best showers ever there. We had a camper van and our site was a little awkward but the very helpful lady had ensured we got a quiet, shady site.
They have a beautiful pool and a hot spa fed by the artesian basin underneath. We found the other occupants very friendly and thus the stay was very enjoyable.
I note one reviewer had things stolen and complained they were not warned. Neither were we but we follow an axiom of faith, "trust no one nowhere!" Perhaps the owners might review this but caveat emptor.
Normanton itself is a little gem. There is a self guided tourist walk and some of the attractions are quite interesting.The Tourist Information and library and museum is in a fabulous old building and well worth a visit.The pubs are little rippers and we drank at the Purple Pub.
Of course one big attraction is the Gulflander. an anachronistic little train that rattles along slowly between Normanton and Croydon. Try and do one on the trips on it- we unfortunately missed out but I did get some great photos of it coming from Croydon.
Again the park is not all luxury and glamor, but it is what it is for where it is and makes a very pleasant stay for a day or two. Above all it is DOG FRIENDLY.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An Oasis in the Tropical Gulf Savannah. Normanton Tourist Park is located in the centre of town and is walking distance to all conveniences. Our park has a variety of accommodation, cabins - ensuite, cabins - no ensuite, rooms, camping and caravan sites. ... more less