When first driving into Normanton it is like many inland towns...small and with a personality of its own...The first thing that comes to mind that I noticed is the huge Big Baramundi"statue of the famed local fish that is not only great to catch( if you are an angler) but also wonderful tasting fish to eat and the most sought after fish in the northern rivers'. here also found in the main street is the Normanton Railway Station where one catches the very popular "Gulflander Train" that travels daily to Croydon..and then...there it is... The Purple Pub obviously painted purple and another of the icon pubs in the north ..so after booking into the local Camping ground it was off to the Purple Pub for a coldie..
Not only do they serve all forms of alcoholic beverages..they serve meals and snacks...some local tours can be organised here as well..I must say with the many "Country Characters "that great ""banter"is found here as it is so easy to converse with some really interesting people with some very interesting stories.. Stop by the Purple Pub in Normanton ..you will enjoy the experience..
We did not arrive at Normington at the right time of week to do this famous trip on the Gulflander train from Normington to Croydon. I had heard all about it on DennyP's pages here on vt... so if you want to know all about it.... then you definately need to check out Denny's pages :o)
The site below will give you all the info you need. Looks like a fantastic journey and a must do for all you old rail enthusiasts out there!!
Train buffs from around the world turn up to ride on this unique line connecting Normanton and the old gold mining town of Croydon. When I lived in the Croydon Pub 40 years ago every week some Paul Theroux-type would book into room 8 overnight to experience the thrill of the two-way journey. They would regale us bar flies with stories of exotic railway rolling stock encounterd in the four corners of the planet and describe the foul diseases they had contracted in those primitive lands while riding the trains. I couldn't sleep at night worrying if the mosquito that had just bitten me had made a pit stop at room 8 on the way to my room!
When in Normanton an interesting thing to do in the evening when the sun is setting is to go out "croc spotting "on the Normanton River..
If you visit Normanton, you may as well take in the History of the place. There is a museum at the railway station worth a visit.