Day 18: Tues 15 July 2014: Croydon to Karumba
Rode our bikes around Croydon and found the Gulflander station. This was originally a steam train that ran from the port in Normanton to Croydon to service the goldfields, built in about 1890. In its heyday carried 10,000 passengers a year. Has declined since the 1920's and is now just a touristy thing and it's not connected to the rest of the rail system at all.
There's an historical display with rusty steam engines and mining equipment near the info centre. Claudie called it, "The Rust Museum."
I found a Bower bird's bower at the back of the caravan park!!! I think is was a great bower bird and his mate. We spent quite a while looking at him and taking photographs. We saw him tending to his collection. It was green, white and grey with occasional red bits. This was just one of life's excellent moments. I could have watched him all day. J and C are both showing an interest in photography and A and I are doing our best to teach them some about light and fields of view and lenses.
The drive was surprisingly easy. At Normanton, we stopped for lunch in a park next to the council building where there is a life-size model of the biggest crocodile ever captured. It was in 1953 in the Norman River and was shot by a woman. The Croc was named Krys after the shooter. It was 8.6m long and estimated to weigh 2 tons. The size is unbelievably big. Got a shot of Claudie sitting on its head and she could easily have climbed into his mouth.
Karumba is a dusty sleepy town. There's a school and some shops and boats and boats and boats. I think this is a place for serious fishermen only. Dinner was "world famous" fish and ships at Ash's café at Karumba point, watching the sun go down over the ocean - best sunset I have ever seen.