Gulflander

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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.

Affectionately said to go from 'nowhere to nowhere', the Heritage Listed Normanton to Croydon line was never connected to the state rail network. This isolated railway is heritage listed and the only line in Queensland still measured in miles.

Old RM93 is the longest serving railmotor the line has seen and one of only a few still running in Australia. Built in 1950 it provides a unique experience where you can sit up with the driver and take in his view of this rugged lane. During the journey, passengers will learn about the diverse Gulf landscape and its rich past.

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Gulflander

Drivers of the Gulflander are accredited Savannah Guides. During the journey passengers will learn about the diverse Gulf landscape and its rich past. With fascinating trivia, species identification, amusing stories and colourful characters, the guides aboard the Gulflander will keep you entertained throughout.

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Gee-Dees Family Cabins

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$115 - 150
Gee-Dee's Family Cabins at Karumba Point offer affordable family-style, couple or fisherperson accommodation on the Gulf of Carpentaria at the mouth of the Norman River. Your stay will be in family owned and operated, motel-like cabins, or a three bedroom holiday house, that offers you the latest in modern, clean, air conditioned rooms. Your hosts Sharon and Jeff are able to offer local advice and assistance to make your stay at Karumba an enjoyable one. The waters of Karumba contain a variety of marine life. You can fish from the beach or from a boat at any time. Gee-Dee's have four 4.4 metre aluminium boats with 25 horsepower motors for hire. In addition there is a 4.55 metre Poly Craft with a 40 horsepower motor and large self-drive barbecue boat, all of which require a boat licence. All boats are supplied with ice, esky, fuel, cushions and canopy. Boats are launched and retrieved at the nearby boat ramp at the entrance to the Norman River. The whole mood is relaxed as travellers, fishermen, birdwatchers and locals gather in the late afternoon to enjoy the "million dollar sunset" across the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Discovery Parks - Argylla, Mount Isa

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$25 - 149
Mining is at the heart of Mount Isa – this is one of the top 10 producers of copper, silver, lead and zinc. Their caravan park accommodation at Discovery Parks – Argylla, just over one hour’s drive from Cloncurry, is a great place to relax after your day of adventures. Take the Underground Mining Experience for a guided tour 15 metres underground. Spend a day (or two) at Outback at Isa, including the fascinating Riversleigh Fossil Centre. Spectacular Lake Moondarra offers swimming, boating, sailing, canoeing and excellent barramundi fishing. Held every August, the Mount Isa Rodeo is the biggest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and an absolute must-see.

Adels Grove Camping Ground

Lawn Hill, Burke Area
From AU$18.00 - 220
Adels Grove Camping Ground is an eco-sensitive park on Lawn Hill Creek, located 10 kilometres downstream from Lawn Hill National Park. Adels Grove is set among a plantation of exotic trees initially grown by the French Botanist Albert de Lestang over 80 years ago. The resort is an oasis retreat for the dusty, tired traveller: a perfect place to refresh, relax and recover. You can catch Barramundi just metres from your tent site or lie back and watch the cool aqua water meander through the park. Staff at Adels Grove operate tours of the surrounding Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and the World Heritage Listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields. Bookings are essential. The excellent short walks in the vicinity of Adels Grove, is a further 20 kilometres of walking tracks within the National Park. Bird watching in this area is fascinating with several different environments in close proximity. The numerous savannah woodlands, open savannah plains, lush riverine remnant rainforest and rocky Spinifex escarpments all support a wide variety of bird species. Adels Grove offer a range of accommodation facilities from ensuited rooms, river view tents and room accommodation for a glamping experience, to camping ground area's plus tents to hire.

Julia Creek Caravan Park

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$20 - 125
The Julia Creek Caravan Park is one of those friendly parks you'll find yourself recommending to others. As soon as you drive in, you'll feel right at home. "No strangers here, just friends you haven't met." They have powered drive through sites for motor homes and caravans, powered van sites, unpowered grass sites and a large grass area for camping. They have new self-contained units that are air-conditioned and equipped with a kitchen and dining area, bathroom, Vast television, lounge seating and a little deck to enjoy the afternoon sunset. These units sleep four and six persons. There are also Dongas for single or duo travellers, each with air-conditioners. Free wi-fi is also available and the park is pet friendly. Come and join them for their award winning bush dinners each Monday from 6pm (April to September)!

Ashs Holiday Units and Cafe

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$117 - 177
Ash's offers guests great facilities including pool, barbecue area, laundry, fish cleaning facilities and is close to Sunset Tavern and walking distance to coastline sunsets, Norman River mouth, fishing spots, boat ramps, other stores, fuel station and Karumba airport with pickups available along with pre-arranged transfers from Karumba to Normanton. This is where the outback meets the sea and Karumba has lots to offer - unique outback environment, bird watching, morning glory clouds, crocodiles, crabs and fishing, Barramundi Discovery Centre, public waterpark and pool, walking tracks - all whilst enjoying comfort and great facilities. Ash's has spacious open plan self-contained units - comfortable self-contained cabins or a self-contained two bedroom cottage. Karumba is the only destination along the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline bringing you to the coastline on a sealed road along the Savannah Way from Cairns or the Matilda Highway from Mount Isa - the Gulf is waiting for you to discover. Wi-fi is free for guests or reasonable rates for customers in the Cafe/Store. The friendly staff will assist with your charter and bus travel bookings or any other enquiries. Room service options from 7am to 7.30pm daily, seven days per week.

End Of The Road Motel

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$148.50 - 210
Multi award winning End Of The Road Motel features the only absolute beach front holiday accommodation in the Gulf of Carpentaria. They are situated at Karumba Point next to the famous Sunset Tavern overlooking the Gulf of Carpentaria, on the mouth of the Norman River where the outback meets the sea in style. Relax and enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria, indulge in platters of local prawns, crabs and a glass of wine. Spacious self contained, air-conditioned apartments designed for long term stays include resort style timber furniture. One and two bedroom apartments are ideal for family getaway. Inground fresh water pool and barbecue areas are provided for the outdoor holiday experience. Guided barramundi fishing packages are available. They have undercover parking, boat and bus parking area and fish filleting table. If travelling by road, it is bitumen all the way; a smooth and relaxing drive for all.

Travellers Haven Backpackers

The Gap, Brisbane Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$60 - 70
Travellers Haven Backpackers is located close to the centre of Mount Isa. Single, double, twin and bunk accommodation is available. Relax in the friendly atmosphere around the pool and barbecue area, or walk into town to enjoy the many things to see and do. Mount Isa is an ideal place to break your long journey when travelling east from the Northern Territory or west from the Queensland coast. Despite its isolation, Mount Isa is a very well serviced city with a friendly atmosphere. Come and discover Outback Queensland and some real unspoilt Australian bush.

Cloncurry Caravan Park Oasis

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
From AU$30 - 130
Cloncurry Caravan Park Oasis is situated on the Overlanders Way (Flinders Highway) close to the Town Centre. With well-established trees and shaded grassy areas for campsites and powered sites. Large caravans or buses can be accommodated, (No Rig Too Big) There are 19 ensuited cabins ranging from deluxe to budget, and three budget non-ensuited cabins, with only a short walk to one of the two amenity blocks. Cloncurry Caravan Park Oasis features a shaded In-ground Saltwater Swimming Pool, Modern Camp Kitchen with Fridge, Stove, Microwave and Big TV, Free Gas BBQ, Central Dump Point and is Pet Friendly.

Discovery Parks - Cloncurry

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$23 - 125
Burke and Wills found beauty in Cloncurry on their journey through in 1861; now, take your turn when you stay with Discovery Parks – Cloncurry. Their caravan park is a great base to explore ‘The Curry’. This is the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), launched by Reverend John Flynn in the 1920s. Learn how Flynn harnessed the emerging technology of pedal radio to pioneer outback communication. Stop into the Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and Museum to view Robert O'Hara Burke’s water bottle, local history and photographs, and a celebrated rock and mineral display.

Karumba Point Tourist Park

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
From AU$26 - 65
Karumba Point Tourist Park is a popular destination for travellers wanting to experience all that the Gulf of Carpentaria has to offer, with the beach, shopping and local hotel being only a short distance away. The Park offers plenty of shady powered and unpowered sites, air-conditioned on-site caravans and a sparkling swimming pool. There are two amenities blocks, laundry facilities, dump points and a fish cleaning area for the lucky fishermen. Organised activities are held each week, culminating each Saturday with a free fish barbecue, free guided walks, Bingo, Bocce, free craft. Friendly staff are there to help guests with everything from parking vans to helping with information or make any tour bookings required. Nature is abounds in the area and the bird watching is as popular as the fishing and crabbing. The friendly atmosphere of the Park is well renowned, many who visit, seem to return because they have such a great experience. There is also a craft supplies shop in the Park if you need to top up on their wool and cottons while on their travels. The shop also stocks the usuals like souvenirs, bait, ice, bread, milk, drinks, ice-creams and a few other little emergency supplies.
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