We have at last arrived at Normanton. Be prepared, because this really is the outback. After Ravenshoe you had the feeling things were different, and Georgetown and Croydon reinforced that emotion, but Normanton cemented the ‘outback at last’. We had arrived.
Normanton is now a small cattle town in the just south of the Gulf of Carpentaria, on the Norman River. The town is one terminus of the isolated Normanton - Croydon Railway, which was built during gold rush days in the 1890s. The Gulflander motor train operates once a week. The town is the administrative centre of Carpentaria Shire Council.
Normanton's mid century’s colourful history was painted onto the bar at the Albion Hotel and is on the wall to his day. The Ascot Hotel is really the museum in Normanton and for the cost of refreshment gives a great insight to that ‘town like alice’ era.