Is the Gulflander Railway worth a visit.

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:37
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ooopppps,

Forgot to ask this one.

Is it worthwhile having a squiz at the Gulflander Railway?

We have to visit some friends in Mackay so thought we would venture up that way and have a look, are the roads ok for normal vehicles in that area?

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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:44

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:44
Craig, are you talking about the Gulflander that runs between Kalumburu and Croydon. If so, you area long way from Mackay. Anyway, I've only done the tourist run out of Kalumburu on the Gulflander, not the whole run but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Certainly quite unique when compared to other tourist trains around the country.

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Member - Craig M (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:54

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:54
Hi Melissa,
Yes it is the one at Croydon.
I know its a bit away from Mackay, but we have to head somewhere and up that way seems as good as any.
We are then heading across to NT and then up to Darwin etc.
So have to find the most interesting places to see in a 2wd.

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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 23:29

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 23:29
Craig, no trouble in a 2wd. I hit the Gulf in a Kingswood (!!!) and that was about 14 yrs ago. Definitely enjoyed that part of the trip. BTW, realised I made a blunder in my original reply - the Gulflander runs from Normanton, not Kalumburu. Enjoy your trip.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C.- Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 23:39

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 23:39
Ahem....
Has somebody extended that railway line while no-one was looking????
Last time I checked, Kalumburu was in the Kimberley...

Jeez, it'd be a good trip if the line did go that far;-)

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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 23:51

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 23:51
Ed C, good to see you're paying attention! Obviously this ex-Qlder is now well cemented in WA LOL but I did wake up to my mistake so there's hope for me yet. Maybe it's time I went home to Qld for a visit.

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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 08:21

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 08:21
I think they mean Kurumba
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 00:25

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 00:25
Croydon to Normanton now sealed.
Yes the Gullander is worth the effort and is now unique to Queensland.
Besides the Gulf, Normy an Karumba are great spots.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: Well 55 - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 07:16

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 07:16
There is another great train ride up that way, starts at Mt Surprise and goes to Forsayth via Einesleigh, its a return trip with a stop over in the Forsayth pub.

If you don't take the trip stop and have a look at the train and sideing.
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Reply By: old-plodder - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 08:58

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 08:58
First time we were up that way we wanted to go on the train but found it only ran a couple of days a week, and had to miss it. It ran the day before :-). Our usual luck.

If you want to catch the train, and it is a good trip, check to see when it is running and time your trip to suit.
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Reply By: locallaw - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 13:43

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 13:43
Gidday,Did I hear someone say KALUMBURU.The biggest oysters I have ever eaten came from there.We sat on rocks at low tide and had a feast.The only problem was that you had to have eyes in the back of your head to keep lookout for crocs.
We had a fabulous time in that area in fact we had good in the whole of the Kimberley area.Been there twice and still have not seen all we wanted to.So we will go back again.
Seeya Locallaw
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Follow Up By: TD6 - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 21:00

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 21:00
Mate,

You're about 600k's wroooong!

I agree through the oysters were the best at Kulumbarru

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Follow Up By: locallaw - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 21:15

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 21:15
Gidday td6,
How do you mean 600k's wrong.According to my map Kalumburu is in the Kimberley region.You turn off the Gibb River Road and head north.
Seeya Locallaw
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Reply By: Rick Blaine - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 20:17

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 20:17
So what do you want to know about the Gulflander? I have the station masters phone number somewhere...The full trip means you either have to overnight at one end of the line or the other...Truly the Railway from Nowhere to Nowhere, wasn't always the case though.

For those who don’t have time to do the full trip, there are two shorter trips which are both popular. On Saturday morning, the Morning Tea and Damper Trip departs at 9.00am.

On Thursday afternoon, the Sunset Sizzle Trip leaves the Normanton Railway Station at 4.00pm and returns about 6.30pm. The barbecue is free, soft drinks are available for sale and if people want a beer or a glass of wine, they can take their own alcohol

Will be doing the Tea & Damper on 20th August....I could introduce you to the driver...

Another really good nostalgic train trip is the Valley Rattler from Gympie to Imbil on Wednesdays, Saturdays & sundays....

Then of course if you are in Mt Morgan the train ride there on weekends is just so much fun... Of course on Sundays in Rocky they run what is the most unique steam tram in the world... thousands made & Rocky has the only one left in the world...

If you are lucky enough to be near Quorn or pt augusta then the Pich Richi railway is amazing... the Coffee Pot celebrates its centenary in October... 2nd I think special trips.. tellegram from EIIR....mind boggling that we have so much unique railwayiana...

Then the Cockle train from Goolwa to Victor Harbour is a great trip... and then get truly nostagic with the worlds only operating horse tramway out to Granite Island...

A guy near Melbourne is apparently building a full size copy of Stephenson's Rocket....to much money and time I suspect!

I suspect all this is frightfully boring but a question on the Gulflander was asked. Rumours are circulating amongst railway afficianados that Mr Beatty has plans to make the Gulfy redundant & replace it with a bus, strange one already runs but most debus at either end & take the train....
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Follow Up By: Member - Craig M (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 23:22

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 23:22
Hi Rick & Everyone else,
That is great info, Rick I guess you enjoy your train rides?
Just one question, what happens to your vehicle while you are enjoying a ride on the Gulflander?

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Follow Up By: Rick Blaine - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 07:21

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 07:21
You have a few choices Craig
1 leave you vehicle at Normanton/Croydon strangley they dont seem to have a crime "problem"
2 have your partner/friend/associate drive to the other end and meet you.. taking pics along the way
3 do one of the short trips on thurs night or Sat morning...
4 Idle around the station... on most days a charter bus will come along and take the busload for a short run and just either ask if you can join in or just "blend" in... if they are yanks then you just have to keep saying" Oh my God" in aloud voice, if they are Asian... well you could be stuck, but I have found Asians respond well to bowing the lower you bow the more you get....
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Reply By: Rick Blaine - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 07:27

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 07:27
Did I mention that as a Nasho on R&R in Hong Kong in 1971 I was given a lifetime pass for Hong Kong Tramways?... wonder if the new regime would honour it?
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Follow Up By: Well 55 - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 12:12

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 12:12
I supose you did the trip up to the 'Peak' quite a few times.
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