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. Even so, this short-lived period of settlement was sufficient to drive the Bugulmara and Tagalaka peoples from their lands.
Today there's a small but well-preserved historic precinct; Croydon’s visitor information centre has a map of the main sights, a small museum and a movie about the town. Lake Belmore, 4km north of the centre, is stocked with barramundi if you feel like fishing – or swimming.