Road Trip, followed by a Train Trip...

Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Croydon Shire Council Park
What I did
Gulflander Train

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I got to Croydon late in the afternoon and had to settle for a caravan park as there are no freebies there. The manager was very considerate and only charged me for an unpowered site for two nights...As he said " you're not going to use much if you don't have air-conditioning"... nice one :-)
Croydon was established in 1886 after Walter and Dick Aldridge struck gold while digging
holes for fence posts working on Croydon Downs cattle station.

With nightfall came the kangaroos, hopping past the park and down the nearby
streets. I tried desperately to take a photo, but to no avail, it was the dogs'
first encounter of seeing kangaroos and they did their usual 'runner’ and
chased them up and down the road and around the park…the kangaroos weren’t
impressed but the dogs thoroughly enjoyed it.

Went to the toilet block throughout the night and got the fright of my life...bloody frog staring at me from inside the bowl...holy croak!!!

There is a map of the town centre and its incredible walking trail which I will be doing later
on today. Then tonight I am taking the Gulflander on an evening journey, which
is a once a year event not to be missed so I’m told, with a BBQ and drinks at
our final destination, should be fun…the Gulflander is a steel replica of the
original timber structure train which runs from Normanton to Croydon.

The train chugged along the narrow track to the old Golden Gate Railway Station
approximately 15mins ride, with most of the towns 300 population out for this once
a year ‘event’.  At our destination there was food, booze and music, but nobody seemed interested in dancing…where were Marg and Val when I needed them? Lol.

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