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Green Oriole

Karumba, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland is a bird-watcher’s paradise.

This month we are featuring the stunning Green Oriole; a medium-size songbird with red eyes and a long red bill.

Also Known As…

The Green Oriole goes by a few different names.

Alternate names for the Green Oriole include the Yellow-belled Oriole, Yellow Oriole, and the Australian Yellow Oriole.

A challenging bird to spot, as their yellow-green plumage blends with the foliage, it is their deep musical calls that usually gives away their discreet location.

Breeding and Habitat

Green Orioles like to breed during the months of October to March – the wet season.

They forage slowly and methodically through the middle and upper strata of dense forests and like to form small flocks in the non-breeding season.

It’s preferred habitat is among the mangroves, in the rainforests, swamps, gardens, and in the thickets along watercourses.

The Unique Green Oriole Song

If you’re hoping to hear a Green Oriole sing, you’re in luck.  These spectacular birds love to sing, and their vocals are often characterized as a throaty and rich “yok-yok-yoddle” sound.

The Green Oriole makes it home in Australia and New Guinea.

What birds have you spotted during your stay in Karumba?

Share your photos and sightings on Instagram and Facebook. Tag us so we can share your posts.

Green Orioles are are just one of many species of birds that can be found in Karumba and seen around the park.  Click here to read about another local bird – the Red-headed honeyeaters.

Be sure to bring your camera with you on your next visit to Karumba.

Photography by @lester_trotter | Source: Wikipedia

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

Morning Glory

Morning Glory – a rare meteorological event most Australians don’t know exists.

What is the Morning Glory?

The Morning Glory is the most incredible thing you can see in the sky. And it happens right here in the Gulf of Carpentaria. 

A rare meteorological event, it occurs at dawn between September and November when the conditions are right.

A spectacular sight in the sky.

The Morning Glory is an unexplainable cloud formation that moves across the sky at speeds of up to 40km per hour in a north-easterly direction.

It looks like a massive spinning roll of cotton wool that stretches from one horizon to the other.   

Also known as kangólgi.

The local Garawa Aboriginal people refer to the cloud formation as kangólgi. 

They believe the presence of the Morning Glory is a sign of a flourishing bird population in the area.

What causes this incredible phenomenon?

The Morning Glory is believed to occur when a humid easterly front from the Coral Sea and a warm westerly front from the Gulf collide.

However, despite significant advances in meteorology and technology, the Morning Glory remains a natural event that defies understanding or explanation. 

Best place to view

The best spot to observe the Morning Glory is from a remote, isolated outback town and coastal locality in the Shire of Burke called Burketown. Approximately 142km southwest of Karumba. 

Or you can take a ride in a glider plane and surf the clouds from the sky.

Only in the Gulf

While similar phenomena appear in other parts of the world like Germany, Eastern Russia, Brazil, and Canada, the Morning Glory cloud is seen only in Northern Australia.

Photo Credit: dropbears

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

On Creek to Coast

On Creek to Coast TONIGHT!

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is on Creek to Coast TONIGHT!

We can’t wait to watch tonight’s epic Creek to Coast special featuring Karumba and our park!

Join Olivia and Scotty as they tour Karumba and cook up their catches at Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park.

We had the pleasure of hosting the crew in our park.

It was a fabulous couple of days and we look forward to their next adventure up our way.

WANT TO WATCH THE SHOW?  HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

For Queensland

Date: October 30

Channel: Channel 7

Time: 5.30pm

For Victoria

Date: November 6

Channel: Channel 7

Time: 12.00pm (midday)

 

Photo credit:  Creek to Coast

Red-Headed Honeyeater

Karumba is the perfect spot for bird-watchers, bird enthusiasts and photographers.

This month we are featuring the Red-Headed Honeyeater.

The red-headed honeyeater (also known as the red-headed myzomela) is a passerine bird that stands about 12cm with a long down-curbed bill and short tail. It lives in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Northern Queensland, Australia.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical environments. Karumba is a perfect spot.

This beautiful bird loves to feed in large canopy trees and enjoys darting from flower to flower and eating insects off foliage.

The handsome male honeyeater has a glossy red head with brown and paler grey-brown underparts. The beautiful female honeyeater has predominantly brown-grey plumage.

While there isn’t a wealth of information that’s been documented about the honeyeater’s breeding behaviour, it has been documented that it likes to build small cup-shaped nests in the mangroves, and will lay 2-3 small, white eggs with small red splotches.

What birds have you spotted during your stay in Karumba?

Share your photos and sightings on Instagram and Facebook. Tag us so we can share your posts.

Red-headed honeyeaters are just one of many species of birds that can be found in Karumba and seen around the park.

Be sure to bring your camera with you on your next visit to Karumba.

Photography by @paulabowler4 | Source: Wikipedia

Karumba Heritage Walk

Have you explored Karumba’s Heritage Walk yet?

The Karumba Heritage Walk is a 4km path that stretches from Karumba to Karumba Point.

The trail is flat with a lots of boardwalks for photographers and bird-watchers alike to pause and capture spectacular shots of stunning natural scenery, magical sunsets and an array of bird-life and wild-life.

If photography or bird-watching isn’t your thing, the Karumba Heritage Walk is the perfect escape for that leisurely evening stroll, an early morning jog, or an afternoon cycle.

Be sure to add the Karumba Heritage Walk on your list of to-do’s the next time you’re visiting us in Karumba.

 

 

Family Fishing

Karumba is one of Australia’s top fishing destinations.

It’s common to catch a big ole Barramundi in this neck of the world.

We love this great pic of Troy Allard and his kids with their catch of the day.

Way to go guys!!  That’s a beauty!

Creek to Coast TV

A big shout out and thank you to Scotty, Olivia, Jed and Paul from Channel 7’s Creek to Coast. We really enjoyed having you stay with us. It was a brilliant couple of days. Everyone in Karumba enjoyed meeting you. We look forward to seeing Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park on Creek to Coast in 2022. Check out our Facebook page for all the fun photos from the night.