Croydon Shire is located just east of the base of the Gulf of Carpentaria in Far North Queensland. The Shire is approximately 2,200 kilometres by road from the State capital, Brisbane. Encompassing an area of 29,538 square kilometres, Croydon Shire is approximately half the size of Tasmania and offers a unique and beautiful outback experience. Croydon Shire forms part of the Gulf Region.
The continued improvement to the quality of life of residents through the provision of quality services is Croydon Shire Council's most important role. Council supports the continued broadening of the economic base of the Shire which ultimately will assist with improving all aspects of community wellbeing. Croydon Shire Council is committed to working effectively to deliver positive outcomes for our residents.
The future of the Shire is well planned through the implementation of our five year Corporate Plan and the efficient delivery of our annual Operational Plan. Community input to determining Council priorities and service levels is through an annual survey of residents, inviting feedback on a range of issues. This informs Council's budget process and measures progress against achievement of Council's objectives expressed in the Corporate Plan.
The economy of the Shire remains based around the pastoral and services industries. With successful promotion, the tourism sector continues to grow with increasing numbers travelling the Savannah Way. Council is committed to maintaining, promoting and presenting the Shire's rich mining and pastoral heritage which is recognised through its continued success in the Ergon Energy Tidy Towns Awards, in 2008 winning the ‘Friendliest Town' in the Far North Queensland region.
Croydon's town water supply is from Lake Belmore, the largest freshwater impoundment in the Gulf region. Lake Belmore is located 4kms on a sealed road from Croydon and boasts a range of recreational and boating facilities. Lake Belmore is stocked with barramundi which can be fished year round and enjoys an abundance of aquatic and birdlife. Croydon Shire is part of the Gulf Savannah Region's rich and diverse ecosystem.
The township is well presented with beautiful shady parks with gazebos, picnic tables, free electric barbeques, children's playgrounds and facilities for the enjoyment and convenience of local residents and travellers. The town boasts an impressive range of sport and recreation facilities to encourage active, healthy lifestyles and build community cohesion.
Croydon Shire enjoys an interesting balance of historic buildings, modern facilities and unique attractions, which make it attractive for an overnight stay or even longer. The community takes great pride in Croydon's reputation for tidiness, friendliness and warm bush hospitality.
If researching your family's local genealogy or taking a ride on the historical Gulflander Train are your interests - Croydon is a "must see" destination and not to be missed on anyone's travelling itinerary.
Council acknowledges and is proud of its achievements and strives to build on this to provide a quality lifestyle to residents and an enjoyable stay and memorable experience to visitors.