Carpentaria Shire – where the “Outback Near By The Sea”
Shire – where the “Outback Near By The Sea”
Carpentaria Shire is located on the Savannah Way in North Western Queensland in the south eastern region of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The region is uniquely placed to offer residents and visitors’ opportunities and experiences in lifestyle, holidays, employment and investment opportunities.
Carpentaria Shire has a friendly, laid?back lifestyle and is a place where young people still ride their bikes down to the river to go fishing after school without parents having to worry as they would in the larger towns and cities.
Carpentaria Shire is the traditional country of many indigenous groups and the townships of Normanton and Karumba are the traditional land of the Gkuthaarn, Kukatj and Kurtijar people.
The Shire covers an area of approximately 65,000 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 2,500 with the countryside ranging from vast inland plains to mangrove forests, deltas and saltpans along the coastal areas of the Gulf.
Carpentaria Shire has a diverse industry base with agriculture, fishing, mining and tourism and government administration providing the majority of the Shire’s income.
Normanton is the region’s government and administrative centre with much of the Shire’s commercial activity coming through Karumba which has an active port based around export of zinc and lead and live cattle to Asia and a substantial fishing industry which targets prawns, barramundi, Spanish mackerel, salmon and mud crabs.
The region offers good infrastructure and facilities with sealed access roads, well?serviced airports, developed freight routes, primary and secondary schools, medical services, recreational and sporting facilities and the standard infrastructure to be expected in a modern community.
The Carpentaria Divisional Board was constituted on the 11th January 1883 and amalgamated with the Shire of Carpentaria in 1903.
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The Council of the Shire of Carpentaria was constituted in 1903. The Municipality of Normanton was constituted on the 6th February 1886, and amalgamated with Shire of Carpentaria in 1910.
Karumba is unique town in Queensland. We are the only place where the “Outback Near By The Sea”. We are the only place in the Gulf where it is possible to drive on a bitumen road to a major port that has ready access to Asian markets. We are the only place where tourists can experience both the Outback and the majesty of sunsets over the Gulf.
It is a place where residents can still go down to the river after work and catch a fish. It is a place that our children can grow up still experiencing the safe lifestyle that we enjoyed in earlier generations while still accessing modern town facilities.
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Postal Address: Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, PO Box 61 Karumba Queensland 4891
Tel: 07 4745 9277
Fax 07 4745 9480
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