Set on the Norman River, 80km upstream of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Normanton is the northern terminal for Australia’s most remote railway. It was originally planned that the rail would link the gulf port with Kajabbi and Cloncurry, but when gold was discovered in the late 1800s near Croydon, the line was diverted to the boom town. Today a three-car motor rail makes a weekly return trip along that 151km line between Normanton and Croydon. Between runs, the train sits inside Normanton’s National Trust-registered station. Built in 1891, the operational station is a living link to the past with century-old fittings, including signs advertising such products as Pears soap and Dewar’s whisky. Other well-preserved old buildings date back to a rollicking colonial past. Normanton is set on a high sandy ridge between the edge of the savannah grasslands to the west and the wetlands to the north. The fishing at Archers Creek and the Norman River at Glenmore is normally rewarding, but the locals will fill you in on where they are biting.