History comes alive at Croydon
With enough charm to seduce any passing movie director, Croydon presents a delightful retrospective into the heady gold fever days of the late 1800s when an estimated 30,000 people lived and worked in the goldfields.
In the full flush of the boom, Croydon was the fourth largest town in Queensland with an astounding 36 pubs.
The township has been lovingly restored into a living historical precinct where residents enjoy sharing a yarn with visitors and relish their role in the outback museum they have created.
Excellent guided walking tours by local guides make the town’s past come alive.
Inquire at the True Blue Visitor Information Centre, which has walking maps of the town with featured highlights including the Croydon general store and museum, the heritage-listed courthouse and mining warden’s office, the Club Hotel (one of the original gold miners’ pubs) the mine museum with its restored gold milling stamper, and for train buffs an original A10 steam engine.
The town is Croydon Shire’s service centre, rail depot and the destination of the historic Gulflander train tour from Normanton.