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Croydon

Croydon, situated in the heart of the Gulf Savannah country (Savannah Way), is a small town with a big history that started with the discovery of gold in 1885. Start at Croydon's True Blue Visitor Information Centre which houses significant collections of heritage items, information displays, an audio visual in its theatre and an internet service. The centre can direct you to the outdoor heritage displays, a mining machinery collection and grand old heritage buildings. Grab your self-guided brochure and enjoy the Croydon story.

Croydon's Heritage Precinct with police station, jail, Sergeant's residence, town hall and courthouse, the oldest building in Croydon (circa 1887) are open and free for visitors to wander through. The Mining Museum has an operable 'stamper' on the original Iguana Consul Mine.

Croydon had a large population of Chinese settlers. Archaeologists rediscovered the Croydon Chinese Temple site.

The Gulflander train travels from Normanton to Croydon weekly, providing an historic journey.

Lake Belmore, situated only four kilometres from Croydon, offers Barramundi fishing all year! It is the ideal spot for recreational activities.

The town has a range of services including accommodation, caravan park, cafe/supermarket, roadhouse/post office and the longest continuous running general store in Queensland (1894).

Croydon, Croydon Area
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Forsayth

Forsayth, Etheridge Area
Sometimes history is more bizarre than fiction. Forsayth was once paved in gold - in a manner of speaking. Part of the Etheridge Goldfield, this area was known as 'Poor Man's Goldfield' as a prospector did not need expensive equipment to search for gold. Nugget gold was literally found on the ground. Many of the towns within this goldfield rose and fell quickly, strikes were short-lived with always the promise of another fortune. Temporary corrugated iron buildings were pulled down and transported by wagon to the new instant town. The once-private rail link from Chillagoe to Forsayth assured the town's permanency. The historic link is now part of the Savannahlander rail journey. Forsayth offers a hotel with accommodation, caravan park with cabins, post office, police station, hospital and fuel stop. You can depart the Savannah Way alternate route to Cobbold Gorge and Agate Creek Mineral Reserve.

Georgetown

Georgetown, Etheridge Area
Situated west of the Newcastle Range, Georgetown is the centre of the Etheridge gold field and of amateur gold prospecting. The surrounding area is covered with rolling hills and wooded savannah grasslands. Georgetown is an intersection point for all roads approaching the Gulf Savannah region from the east with the exception of the Chillagoe to Normanton/Karumba route. The township is well serviced and is a major point for touring circuits to the south and east which direct visitors through spectacular scenic and historic points of interest. The Gulf Savannah is an interesting region to visit all year round. There is an all weather road from Cairns which is not affected by rain during the monsoon season, however, if travelling by road from the south or west during the wet season, transportation methods must be carefully considered, as some parts of the Gulf Savannah region suffer from a lack of road infrastructure. Georgetown is about 380 kilometres west of Cairns.

Kynuna

Kynuna, McKinlay Area
Kynuna was established in the 1860s and in its early days boasted three hotels. It was a staging post for Cobb and Co Coaches. Today Kynuna has just one hotel, the famous Blue Heeler Hotel. Kynuna is most famous for its links with Banjo Paterson and the 'Waltzing Matilda' poem. Folklore has it that Bob MacPherson (owner of Dagworth Station) told Banjo the story of the suicide of Samuel Hoffmeister beside the Combo Waterhole, 13 kilometres upstream of the Diamantina River, in September 1894. Hoffmeister had reportedly been one of the striking shearers involved in the burning down of the Dagworth Woolshed. This story, together with other stories which Paterson had heard, inspired him to write 'Waltzing Matilda', at Dagworth. Christina MacPherson, Paterson's then fiancee, adapted a popular Scottish tune 'Craiglea' to become the original music for 'Waltzing Matilda'. Combo Waterhole, situated a few kilometres south of Kynuna, is reportedly the site of the famous billabong in Australia's national folk song. A 2.5 kilometre round trip takes you on a walk along cobbled paths to this waterhole, situated on the Diamantina River. Here you can enjoy a bush picnic or walk through the dry channels of the Diamantina to the famous waterhole, crossing historic stone-pitched overshots built by Chinese labourers more than a century ago.

Croydon

Croydon, Croydon Area
Croydon, situated in the heart of the Gulf Savannah country (Savannah Way), is a small town with a big history that started with the discovery of gold in 1885. Start at Croydon's True Blue Visitor Information Centre which houses significant collections of heritage items, information displays, an audio visual in its theatre and an internet service. The centre can direct you to the outdoor heritage displays, a mining machinery collection and grand old heritage buildings. Grab your self-guided brochure and enjoy the Croydon story. Croydon's Heritage Precinct with police station, jail, Sergeant's residence, town hall and courthouse, the oldest building in Croydon (circa 1887) are open and free for visitors to wander through. The Mining Museum has an operable 'stamper' on the original Iguana Consul Mine. Croydon had a large population of Chinese settlers. Archaeologists rediscovered the Croydon Chinese Temple site. The Gulflander train travels from Normanton to Croydon weekly, providing an historic journey. Lake Belmore, situated only four kilometres from Croydon, offers Barramundi fishing all year! It is the ideal spot for recreational activities. The town has a range of services including accommodation, caravan park, cafe/supermarket, roadhouse/post office and the longest continuous running general store in Queensland (1894).
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