Normanton

While joining us on the 6 day tours that include the Gulflander and Savannahlander, you will find that you may have an extra day in the outback town of Normanton.

The Tuesday of your itinerary is a “Self Directed” day where you can take a day to enjoy yourself.  Some perfer to find a quiet place with a book and enjoy some downtime or to sit by the pool with their favourite beverage and relax.  For those looking for some activities here is a brief guide of things to do in Normanton.

Things to do walking around town

Normanton takes it’s name from the nearby Norman River.  Established in 1867 it’s early years are steeped in history that is fuelled by the goldfields expansion.  There is a town walk that takes in most of the main attractions both historic and contemporary with amply opportunities to stop and refresh yourself along the way.

You can download a copy of the walk map and items of interest with the following links (they are the same file, just different sizes for your convenience):

Alternatively there is a “live” map available online at the Carpentaria Shire website.

Hiring a car

A popular option is to hire a car to tour both Normanton (see the map above) and to also take in the nearby town of Karumba.  Karumba situated at the mouth of the Norman river on the shore of the Gulf of Carpentaria about 45 minutes drive from Normanton.  There are many attractions in Karumba, and similar to Normanton there is a town walk available.

To get there you will need to hire a car (there are no bus, taxi or shuttle services operating) independently at your own expense.  At the time of writing there is only one operator who is able to hire vehicles.

At the time of writing you are able to hire either a car or a Four Wheel Drive (4WD).  The basic difference is :

Cars

  • All cars must be back within the town limits between 5pm and 7am – your insurance is void if this is not observed.
  • All cars must stay on bitumen/paved roads.  If you would like to travel off-road, please hire a 4WD.
  • All vehicles are “non-smoking” and a fee applies if the vehicle has been smoked in.
  • Cost per day is $125 unlimited kilometres (within the shire of Carpentaria)

4WD’s

  • All cars must be back within the town limits between 5pm and 7am – your insurance is void if this is not observed.
  • 4WD’s may be driven off road, for example if you would like to visit the some of the local attractions.
  • All vehicles are “non-smoking” and a fee applies if the vehicle has been smoked in.
  • Cost per day is $250 unlimited kilometres (within the shire of Carpentaria)

 

S & E Motors – How to hire a vehicle

Owned and operated by Normanton locals, this business is one of a few managed by Stewart and Elizabeth.  Please be aware that they are often busy and that hiring vehicle to travellers is a small part of what they do.  To make the process easier for both yourself and them, we suggest that you use the following steps:

  1. To make the process easier for both yourself and them, we suggest that you use the following steps:
    1. 1) Organise your own travel insurance to include vehicle excess if you wish to reduce the insurance excess charges (see below).
    2. 2) Download the appropriate form for hiring either a :
    3. 3) Print and complete the forms then scan and email to semotors@bigpond.com  In your email please note that you are a Savannahlander passenger and where you are staying in Normanton.  S & E Motors have kindly offered to deliver vehicles to our customers accommodation.  If you are flying to Normanton and would like to hire a car please note this and it will be available at the airport.
    4. 4) Your vehicle will be waiting at your accommodation (or airport) when you arrive.

If you need to discuss your rental or if you have any questions – you can email the address above or call Elizabeth on 0419 700 138 please only call between the hours of 9am  – 4pm on weekdays. 

 

Insurance / Excess

Please note that due to the remote location, local conditions and the size of the fleet that the excess on insurance claims is fixed with no method of reducing this fee when hiring.  The current excess on insurance claims is:

  • Car hire excess on insurance claims $5,000
  • 4WD hire excess on insurance claims $10,000

There is however a simple alternative – arrange your own excess reduction.  This can be commonly done in one of a few ways:

  • Your current insurance policy may include excess charges on vehicle hire – please check with your insurer.
  • Your travel insurance policy for your tour (which we encourage all our customers to obtain) will probably cover excess on vehicle hire – please check with your insurer.
  • If you pay with a credit card – some cards include excess on vehicle hire – please check with your card issuer.
  • You can arrange a simple low-cost policy with an insurer for a short period (ie. 5,000 excess on vehicle hire for 2 days).

 

Please note:  there are no current alternatives to hiring a vehicle in Normanton.  While vehicle hire may operate differently in some other centres, this format is the only one available in this remote regional town and it is a product of the local conditions and past customers.