Incredibly, little Croydon was once the biggest town in the Gulf thanks to a short but lucrative gold rush. Gold was discovered in Croydon in 1885, but by the end of WWI it had run out and the place became little more than a ghost town.
Today there's a small but well-preserved historic precinct; Croydon’s visitor information centre has a map of the main sights. Lake Belmore, 4km north of the centre, is stocked with barramundi if you feel like fishing – or swimming.
At the timber Croydon General Store the sign declares this the ‘oldest store in Australia, established 1894’. The interior is definitely a throwback to ye olde days: wooden floorboards and the small collection of historical curios are worth checking out.