Karumba has the only fish hatchery in the world which breeds the southern Gulf strain of barramundi

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Barramundi Discovery Centre

Karumba has the only fish hatchery in the world which breeds the southern Gulf strain of barramundi.

 

Welcome to the 2018 Karumba Community Anglers Classic

Welcome to the 2018 Karumba Community Anglers Classic

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

The importance of the Barramundi Discovery Centre and hatchery may sometimes be overlooked with the focus on Karumba as a mecca for recreational fishing – but it’s a fascinating place to visit and its restocking story is an inspiring one.

Kerry D Fishing, Ferryman Cruises, Croc and Crab Tours, Rails Gulflander train Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Kerry D Fishing, Ferryman Cruises, Croc and Crab Tours, Rails Gulflander train Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

The centre operates as an inform­ation source and tourist attraction as well as undertaking the serious side of breeding barramundi for release into the Gulf river systems and dams. The Gulf Barramundi Restocking Association, which is a registered environmental charity, oversees the breeding hatchery where more than one million fingerlings have been bred and released over the past 15 years.

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Tourist Attraction- Karumba Today Boasts An Excellent Range of Services And Facilities – Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

A visit to the centre will give you a totally new view on this iconic fish and the special environment which surrounds Karumba. You can feed the barramundi in their tanks (some of the fish are huge!) and take a tour which provides loads of information on Karumba, barramundi and other species, care for the environment and the wider Gulf area. During the fully guided tour, you can view a short video, see the exhibits in the interpretive centre and of course feed the fish. Exhibits include the migratory birdlife, a crocodile display, the unique Karumba environment and fish identification.

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

Barramundi are all born the same gender – so the big question is how do they manage the survival of the species? They also have the ability to live in freshwater and saltwater, making them very adaptable fish. Other hatcheries have tried breeding the Gulf strain but have had no success, so the Karumba hatchery is vitally important.

Ferryman Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Booking Tour

Ferryman Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Booking Tour

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

As a non-profit group, the restocking association has lots of fundraising activities throughout the year. The events are tons of fun and get everyone involved. Among them are the annual Norman River Duck Race on the last Saturday in June, the Karumba Katch Seafood Festival held in August, weekly Goose Club raffles and tours at the centre. Funds raised during the Karumba Community Anglers Classic (weekend after Easter) also support the hatchery’s important work.

Kerry Fishing D Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Tour Booking

Kerry Fishing D Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Tour Booking

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

If you are keen to become more involved even if you live nowhere near Karumba, you might like to find out about the Adopt-A-Fish program – where you can actually adopt one of the hatchery barramundi. You will receive an adoption certificate and regular updates on the growth and development of your very own barra – what a talking point!

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

A laboratory and facility for finger­lings has been developed recently, which adds further capability to the centre to continue working with dedicated locals in restocking the rivers of the Gulf. There are a great range of souvenirs in the air-conditioned shop including unique barramundi leather goods. So when you visit Karumba, make sure you plan some time to visit the Barramundi Discovery Centre. Please call before for the arrangement Tours which usually take place at 10.00am, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm Monday to Saturday until the end of October. Tours after this date are by appointment due to barra spawning at this time. The centre is closed on Sundays.

Park View: Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park 2018

Park View: Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre designed by Bud Brannigan Architects. Image David Sandison

If you would like to contact the centre for more information, phone (07) 4745 9359.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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Book Now Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Fishing Accommodation

 

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