Normanton is a small cattle town in the Gulf Country region just south of the Gulf of Carpentaria on the Northern River.
Normanton thrived as a port town in the late 1800s when the gold rush was on in Croydon. The Normanton-to-Croydon railway line, established at that time, today runs the award-winning Gulflander tourist train. More recently, Australia's largest saltwater crocodile, known as Krys the Savannah King, was shot at nearby Archer's Creek in 1957. A life-size replica of his body, over 8 metres long, can be seen in the council park.
Some 30 kilometres to the south-west of Normanton is camp 119, Burke and Wills' most northerly camp. The wetlands between Normanton and Karumba are also excellent for birdwatching, particularly just after the 'wet season'.
Normanton is 707 kilometres west of Cairns, and 484 kilometres north of Mt Isa.
Karumba is 79km away by sealed road and actually located on the Gulf - you can't come this far without going on!
33km west along the Savannah Way (dirt road) is Burke and Wills Camp 119 - the furthest north they got. Trees they blazed to mark the camp are signposted.