Normanton is a small cattle town in the north of the state of Queensland, Australia, just south of the Gulf of Carpentaria, on the Norman River. The town’s population is 1447, over half of whom are indigenous Australians (2001 census). The town is one terminus of the isolated Normanton – Croydon Railway, which was built during gold rush days in the 1890s. The Gulflander motor train operates once a week. The shire is the administrative centre of Carpentaria Shire Council.
Among Normanton’s most notable features is a statue of a 8.64m long salt water crocodile, the largest ever shot. Barramundi and salmon may also be caught in the river.
The town services a large grazing area and is surrounded by fascinating wetlands where the bird population has to seen to be believed.
As Normanton is situated on the banks of the Norman River you will often find the townsfolk fishing for Barramundi off the old bridge or on the banks of the river. Why not give it a go yourself or take a leisurely cruise down the river with one of Normanton’s Fishing Charters or Cruises.
Normanton has some unique events throughout the year including the Normanton Rodeo, where the locals show the visitors how it is done in the Gulf, and Normanton Barra Competition which brings alot of people into the town for one fantastic weekend of fun and fishing. Please refer to the Shire’s Social Events Calender for further details on events throughout the year.