Discover the Barra!

THINGS TO DO IN KARUMBA – The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre.

Discover the amazing secrets of the mighty barramundi at The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre, the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf strain of this iconic fish!

From humble beginnings with second hand, donated equipment the Centre was started by a group of professional fishermen who set out to restock the local waterways with fingerlings to ensure a sustainable fishing future for years to come. They became known as the Barramundi Restocking Association.

  • Enjoy lunch or a coffee at the Wild Fish Cafe that overlooks the lagoon.
  • Watch a short film about the community of Karumba and its local fishing industry.
  • Discover the wetlands and mangroves and learn about the local birdlife and stunning southern Gulf Flora.
  • Learn about the process of restocking the waterways with fingerlings.

To learn more visit barracentre.com.au. Or ask our friendly managers Craig and Hayley for more information when you check in.

Source and Photo: Barramundi Discover Centre

Facts about Barramundi

There are some surprising facts about Barramundi Fish. How many of these do you know?

Here’s our running list of 12 fun facts about this remarkable fish. Which fact is your favourite?

Fact 1 Barramundi’s native waters span from Northern Australia up to Southeast Asia and all the way west to the coastal waters of India and Sri Lanka.

Fact 2 Barramundi is known by many around the world as Asian Seabass, although its Scientific common name is Barramundi Perch. Some of the other names include Giant Perch, Palmer, Cockup, Bekti, Nairfish, Silver Barramundi, and Australian Seabass.

Fact 3 The name Barramundi is Aboriginal for “large-scaled silverfish.”

Fact 4 Virtually all barramundi are born male, then turn into females when they are three to four years old. This means female barramundi can only be courted by younger males!

Fact 5 Barramundi live in freshwater, saltwater, and estuaries (where fresh and saltwater meet).

Fact 6 Barramundi are catadromous fish, meaning that they are born in the ocean and live in freshwater — basically the opposite lifestyle of the salmon. However, they also are able to live purely in saltwater.

Fact 7 A Barramundi’s age is determined by counting growth rings on their scales (much like counting growth rings on a tree).

Fact 8 Large female Barramundi can produce upwards of 32 million eggs in a season.

Fact 9 Barramundi have been recorded to be over 4 feet long. And weighing over 90 lbs!

Fact 10 Barramundi can travel great distances in a lifetime.  One fish was tagged and found 400 miles away.

Fact 11 Juvenile Barramundi have a distinguishing characteristic.  The presence of a white dorsal head stripe when they’re between one and five centimeters long.

Fact 12 Barramundi spawn on the full moon.  Their iridescent skin can be seen shimmering through the water during their ‘love dance’.

Photo Credit:  howtocatchanyfish.com

Fun for the Kids

Wondering how to entertain the kids these school holidays?

Bring them to Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park!

Children enjoy:

  • Playing on the Jungle Gym
  • Fishing Adventures
  • Bouncing on the Jumping Pillow
  • Swimming in the Pool
  • Playing with their Friends
  • Craft Days
  • Flying Kites
  • Hiking Trails
  • Eating Fish ‘n’ Chips
  • Boat Rides
  • Train Tours
  • Scenic Flights

BOOK YOUR STAY TODAY.

Inside our Deluxe Villas

Thinking of booking your next trip to Karumba?

Here’s what’s included in our Deluxe Villas. 

  • Queen Size Bed
  • 2 Bunk Beds
  • Dining Table that Seats 6
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Kitchenette 
  • Microwave
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Towels
  • Spectacular Views of Nature

 Let us know if you have questions.

Contact us today to book your reservation.

 

Essential Items for Campers

Wondering what you need to pack for your upcoming camping trip?

Here are our top 11 essential items for camping trips. 

  • Portable Charger for Phones and Tablets
  • Battery Operated Lights and Candles
  • 30+ SPF Water-Resistant Sunblock
  • Aloe Vera Sunburn Soothe
  • Battery Operated Radio
  • Picnic Blankets
  • Rubbish Bags
  • Kitchen Essentials
  • Insect Repellent
  • Matches and Lighters (tucked away from the kiddos) 
  • Bug Spray

 We hope these tips help make planning for your next family adventure a successful one.

If you are staying at Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park and need any of the above items, visit our shop. 

Happy camping!

 

Dog Wash

Bringing your pup on your next trip to Karumba?

Here’s what’s included at the park for pets. 

  • Dog Wash
  • Comfy Outdoor Kennels
  • Lots of Space to Roam and Play
  • Pet Food at the Shop if Needed

 Pets are like family.  We want their stay with us to be as enjoyable as yours.

See you soon!