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Croydon Shire Council
PO Box 17, Croydon Qld 4871
Council Phone (07) 4745 6185

True Blue Visitor Information Centre
Samwell Street, Croydon Queensland 4871
Phone (07) 4748 7152
Historic precinct, swim and fish at lake, visit historic cemeteries, ride the Gulflander

Croydon - life after gold

Situated in the heart of the Gulf Savannah country, Croydon has a splendid heritage which started with the discovery of gold in 1885 and led to the development of a rich, booming, gold-mining centre.

Today, Croydon still glows from the dust of its feverish gold-mining days while it calmly sits on top of deep untapped gold reserves.

Croydon Shire has proudly promoted its history through the restoration and conservation of historical sites such as the police precinct with jail, courthouse, town hall, mine museum, old hospital, Chinese temple archaeological site and the graveyard.

The Croydon True Blue Visitor Information Centre is open seven days a week and houses pioneer and descendant genealogy services, heritage items, photographs, audio visual in a theatrette, information and an internet service.

It showcases outdoor heritage displays, gorgeous old heritage buildings and is the hub for recording, registering and managing the pre and post contact histories of Croydon. Grab your self-guided brochure and enjoy the interactive displays.

The Heritage-listed Croydon Court­house is a favourite with photographers and is the oldest building in Croydon. The Croydon Town Hall stores early film equipment which is still in use today.

Croydon is the rail depot and destination for the Gulflander train, the RM93. It provides tourists with an historic journey through savannah country on original and unique termite-resistant, Heritage-listed steel rails and sleepers. The Gulflander travels to the reconstructed Croydon Station weekly, stays overnight, and returns to Normanton the next day. Normanton was established in 1868 but became a land/sea port for wealthy Croydon when gold was discovered. The train carried goods, people and the gold itself.

Croydon was once surrounded by more than 30 townships, including its major satellite, Golden Gate. The Golden Gate mines produced more than 40 tons of gold in its time.

Croydon township had factories, foundries, schools and 36 hotels. Of the original 122 liquor licences issued on the Croydon goldfields, there is only one still operational today. The Club Hotel has retained its historic flavour in old style rooms, atmosphere and lovely young barmaids from all over the world.

The town has a range of businesses and services including a cafe, supermarket, child care centre, roadhouse, earthmoving contractor, mechanical repairs, general store, golf course, local council and a modern sport and recreation area.

The caravan park has shady grassed sites with a swimming pool and clean modern amenity blocks. There are powered sites and pets are welcome.

During the gold rush, the streets were lit by gas lamps. Four originals and replicas of these lamps line the sandstone-kerbed streets around the heritage precinct area. Croydon had a large population of Chinese settlers.

In recent times, archaeologists have rediscovered and interpreted the Croydon Chinese Temple site, located on the road to Lake Belmore. You will see interpretive signage, biographies of some of the Chinese families, remains of the Chinese Temple and a classic pig oven.

The Mining Museum has a restored stamper, miner’s hut and related mining machinery. An excellent collection of early mining machinery is located next to the Croydon Shire offices in the heritage precinct.

In town you can fuel up, mail your postcards, stock up on ice and buy a meal. Book into accommodation at the hotel, caravan park or roadhouse.

A visit to the famous Croydon General Store, which has continuously traded since 1894, is another living Croydon historical experience.

For a completely different cultural experience go to Lake Belmore to barbecue, canoe, waterski or fish. The lake was built for the town water supply in 1995 and is now an oasis in the savannah. It has barbecues, toilets and showers, a birdwatching hide and big barramundi for the catching.
And every year just for fun join the locals as they celebrate the Croydon Poddy Dodgers Festival.
It will be next held on 22nd to 24th June 2012 with a street parade, fancy dress dance and fireworks, photo competition, 10 header cattle and horse sports events and the Station Challenge with teams showing their skills at calf scruffing, rolling hay bales, sandbagging, saddle-up and ride and dress-the-stockman relay! It’s all at the rodeo grounds with free camping thrown into your entry fee.

Gulf Gate Roadhouse
PO Box 3, Croydon Qld 4871
Phone/Fax (07) 4745 6169
All fuels, motel style accommodation, licensed restaurant, post office

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