Karumba is already well known as a recreational fishing mecca and birdwatchers paradise

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is already well known as a recreational fishing mecca and birdwatchers paradise

Karumba is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland, Australia. Situated on the mouth of the Norman River, the charming port town of Karumba is already well known as a recreational fishing mecca and birdwatchers paradise.

Normanton Savannah Way Tourist Attraction Wildlife Birds Life

Normanton Savannah Way Tourist Attraction Wildlife Birds Life

Whilst Karumba is fast becoming a must do destination for travellers and fishing enthusiasts looking for an experience with a difference, Karumba has retained an untouched quality due to its relative isolation and small population.

Normanton Savannah Way Tourist Attraction Wildlife Birds Life

Normanton Savannah Way Tourist Attraction Wildlife Birds Life

During the summer the wet season, the monsoon rains replenish the waterways and attract a multitude of birds with Karumba being internationally recognised as being an important habitat for some of the most unique birdlife in the world. Part of the wet season also incorporates the closed season regulated waters for barramundi fishing, which prevents people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect these species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons.

Karumba  Normanton  Burketown  Savannah Way

Karumba Normanton Burketown Savannah Way

During winter, with the Barramundi in abundance and with the season declared open, many fishing enthusiasts and tourists from round Australia and overseas descend on Karumba for some of the best wild caught barramundi in Australia.

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Sunset Children Weather Barramundi Holidays

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Beautiful Sunset Children Weather Barramundi Holidays

The rich marine wetlands wind their way inland some 30 kilometres from the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline – this is truly where the savannah outback meets the sea. It also has the distinction of being the only town along the southern Gulf of Carpentaria that is within sight of the Gulf itself.

Karumba Point Caravan Park Accommodation Hotel Fishing Barramundi

Karumba Point Caravan Park Accommodation Hotel Fishing Barramundi

 What else can you experience in Karumba?

  • Witness one of the most magnificent sunsets in Australia;
  • Take in the rare Morning Glory cloud that rolls through Karumba in the early hours of some mornings in September and October; or
  • Walk along the beach front at Karumba Point Beach – the only beach in the Gulf accessible by a sealed road – and just soak in the beauty of the place that is truly Outback by the Sea
  • And the popularity of Barramundi is everywhere you look and you can learn all about these remarkable fish at the Barramundi Discovery Centre
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barramundigruntersalmonjewsharkbreammackerelqueeniesfingermark

Activities include:

  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Bird Watching
  • Animal Watching
  • Golfing
  • Off Road Driving

Where is Karumba? Karumba is 71 km by road from Normanton, 780kms from Cairns and 2159 km from the state capital, Brisbane. The nearest airports are Normanton & Cairns. There is a sealed air strip in Karumba which is now a commercial air service to Karumba. 

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park New Barramundi Centre Opening 2018

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park New Barramundi Centre Opening 2018

NORMANTON    

Normanton has a unique flavour that is enriched by its diverse population and colonial history that has seen both boom and bust. These days, it is an important administrative centre set in the most wondrous surroundings of the Gulf Savannah.

Gulflander to Croydon

Gulflander to Croydon

Normanton began as a small port town that serviced the nearby Croydon Goldfields during the gold rush. This colourful period of history brought people from all walks of life to settle in the region, from gold miners to merchants and farmers of all nationalities.

Original sections of the port still stand on the banks of the Norman River and although it is no longer a hub of activity, it is a popular fishing haunt. Normanton also offers some excellent run off barramundi fishing early in the season at the end of the wet season.

Carpentaria Shire

Carpentaria Shire

Some of the many places to visit include:

  • Burns Philp building which dates back to the late 1800s and today houses the Visitor Information Centre and Library
  • Krys the Croc – a replica of the largest crocodile ever shot and recorded in 1957. An estimated weight of 2 tonnes, and measuring a staggering 8.63 metres in length with a girth of 4 metres
  • Old gaol and Trackers Quarters – the police compound built in the late 1890s with its 18inch thick concrete walls, iron doors and limited exercise yards. The living quarters were home to the Aboriginal trackers, who were introduced into the police force in 1874
  • The Railway Station, complete with a museum and original rolling stock, is both an architectural and historical attraction. The station is also home of the famous Gulflander Train with overnight trip conducted regularly to Croydon and additional short trips throughout the tourist season to Critters Camp
  • Burke & Wills Camp 119 located 30kms south west of Normanton, on the Savvanah Wah, was established in 1861. It is the most northerly camp site of the Burke and Wills expedition party crossing inland Australia
Burns Philp Building, Normanton

Burns Philp Building, Normanton

Some helpful contacts & links:

Carpentaria Shire Council

Karumba Website

Karumba Visitor Information Centre – 07 4745 9582

Normanton Visitor Information Centre – 07 4745 1065

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