Barramundi Fishing Starts with big catches in Karumba
The major fishing port on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Located on the banks of the Norman River 69 km from Normanton and 443 km north of Cloncurry, Karumba is a fishing town. It is nothing more than a port, a few shops, a pub, a lot of inexpensive accommodation for fishermen and a river front which abounds with wharves, refrigerated storage areas, slipways and engineering services.
In the 1870s a telegraph station was built on the site of the present town. It was known simply as Norman Mouth. It served a purpose but was hardly reason for a settlement to develop. Karumba first came to importance in the 1930s when it became a stopover point for flying boats on the run from London to Australia. By the 1950s it had become a popular spot for people eager to go fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The town went through something of a boom period in the 1960s and 1970s when it became the centre for the Gulf fishing industry. Today the prawn fishing industry and the barramundi industry earn over $130 million each year.
Karumba is a coastal town in the Gulf of Carpentaria, at the mouth of the Norman River downstream from Normanton. It is at the end of the Matilda Highway which begins at Cunnamulla..
The journey to the town from Normanton passes over an area of very flat Gulf Country. The land is alive with birdlife and it is common to see flocks of cranes and brolgas feeding beside the road.
A sign outside the town seems to sum it up ‘Welcome to Karumba – population small’. As the road enters the town the all-pervading fishing industry becomes obvious with signs like – Karumba Marine Service, Karumba Charter, Net Mending and Seafood Supplies. Even the police station has a boat outside it.
In spite of its industry there is something quite beautiful and exotic about the place.
Things to see:
Karumba Point, near the entrance to the town, has a magnificent view out over the Gulf with mangroves in the foreground and the Gulf waters disappearing to the horizon.
No wonder that fishermen from all over Australia come to the town for their holidays. It is the ideal starting point for anyone who wants to catch barramundi or fish the unspoiled waters of the Gulf.
Tours in the area
In recent times Karumba has grown so that it now offers boat hire (for fishing and sightseeing), cruises on the Norman River and flights across to Sweers and Mornington Islands.
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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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