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Welcome to Carpentaria Shire – where the Outback meets 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, laidback lifestyle and is a place where children 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 the Gkuthaarn, Kukatj and Kurtijar people. The Shire covers an area of approximately 65,000 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 2,200 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 and tourism and government administration providing the majority of the Shires income. Normanton is the regions government and administrative centre with much of the Shires commercial activity coming through
Karumba which has an active port based on the export of live cattle to Asia and a substantial fishing industry which targets prawns, barramundi, Spanish Mackerel, salmon and mud crabs. Gulf Savannah Development The region offers good infrastructure and facilities with sealed access roads, 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.
Carpentaria Shire Councils Vision is “Experience Carpentaria Shire a great place to live, work, invest and relax”. Whether you want to visit Carpentaria Shire, have a specific question about Councils services, or you are thinking about a permanent move we welcome your enquiry and look forward to being of service to you.
Krys The Savannah King
Krystina Pawlowski, a well known crocodile hunter in the Gulf region, shot the largest estuarine crocodile in the world, measuring 8.63m long. A life sized model is on display in the LEW Henry Park, beside the Council Chambers.
Aboriginal Burial Grounds
Not open to the public. Aboriginal tribes occupied much of the area along the north east side of the Norman River.
Normanton was the base of the North Australian Observer Unit and C Company during World War II when it became apparent the more defence lines were needed. The aerodrome was built on the site of the old racecourse and has an all weather landing strip.
Established in 1896, the Artesian Bore used to supply the town with up to 300.000 gallons of water per day.
Before the Norman Bridge was built, vehicles were ferried across the Norman River by punt. In the late 1880s, a winch type punt was used for several years before being replaced by a diesel operated punt.
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is an ideal place to stay and we recommend to all visitors who have intention to stay short or long term stay because one will get following facilities under one roof such as
01. EnSuited Cabins.
02. EnSuited Villas.
03. Unpowered Site.
04. Powered Site.
05. Coined Washing Machine.
06. Fish Cleaning Area.
07. Dump Stations.
09. Office / Shop / Cafe.
10. Clothes Lines.
12. Camp Kitchen.
14. Swimming Pool.
15. Car Wash.
16. Pizza Service.
17. Staff Hospitality.
18. Park Slabs Area.
19. Park Gardens.
20. Park Trees.
A beautiful relaxing atmosphere is created by the abundance of trees and colorful flowers situated through out the park with wildlife frequenting constantly.
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BBQ facilities are available at the park and public phone booths are also situated in convenient locations. There are spotless ablution blocks providing excellent shower and laundry facilities.
For those lazy days relaxing you can also treat yourself to a dip in the swimming pool that is provided for all to use.
Internet facilities are provided.
The caravan sites range from cement slabs lawn. They are excellent for campers of all types. There is a special area for cleaning fish and if you would like to walk then there is walking track just few steps away from the Park. The layout of the sites is non regimental adding an easy going feel to the park. Well established trees are everywhere with a shady spot being no problem to find.
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The swimming pool is there for all to enjoy. A great setting for those lazy days to lay back and relax. The swimming pool is open all year round and is maintained daily.
Children under the age of ten must be accompanied by an adult.
Without a doubt Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park location in one of Australias finest with nearby beach, panoramic ocean views, and excellent fishing.
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Carpentaria Shire Council Chambers
The Carpentaria Divisional Board was constituted in 1883 and its chambers built seven years later in the style of hotels at the times.
Cast Iron Gutter Covers
Forged at the foundry in Croydon, in the early 1880s and with the inscription Normanton Municipal Council, these cast iron plates cover many of the gutters around town. Look in front of the Shire Council Building and down Landsborough Street towards the Burns Philp Building.
In the 1890s Normanton became the main penal establishment for the entire Gulf region. The Goal has several cells with 18 inch walls and limited exercise yards. It was used as a watch house up until the 1990s when the present police station was built.
Old Norman River Bridge
This single lane bridge, officially called The Captain WH Norman Bridge, was completed in 1966 to replace the punt which ferried vehicles across the Norman River. However faults detected in 2001 meant a reduced safe load limit and a new bridge was constructed.
The historic Railway Station is an architectural marvel that was once the focal point of the town. Tour the informative museum and the see the rolling stock or take an overnight trip on the famous Gulflander to Croydon.
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Stone Pitched Gutters
This durable street guttering was made in the early 1880s from stone from the Normanton Quarry located behind the hospital. The gutters start at the Burns Philp Building and can be seen either side of Landsborough Street to the Westpac Bank.
The Burns Philp Building
This building represents the story of one of the most successful companies in Australia. Today, it serves as the Library & Visitor Information Centre, and is the perfect example of colonial architecture with the original facade in place.
In the early days the shallow stretches of the Norman River were crossed by a corduroy crossing, a bridge built by placing logs alongside one another. Now replaced by a built up section of road, the logs of the old corduroy can still be seen. These days the area is a popular fishing spot.
The Trackers Quarters
This simple tworoomed structure played an important role in the judicial system of Normanton. in 1874 indigenous males were employed by the police department as trackers. Singer Slim Dusty paid tribute to one of Normantons most famous trackers in his song “Nardoo Burns”.
In the late 1800s, Normanton wharf was a bustling place that played a significant role in the history of the Gulf region. The Burns Philp warehouse were located at the wharf until the 1974 floods washed away all the structures except the concrete slabs where the buildings used to stand.
The original source from which the locals drew their water before reticulated water was installed in 1965. Next to the town well stands the original light pole, which was forged at the Stuart and Mackenzie Foundry in Croydon.
BOOK NOW! for December, and January. You may also do advanced booking for February, March, and April.
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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