Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016
We wish you a very Merry Christmas,
Happy Holidays and a Happy, Healthy and
Prosperous New Year in 2016
On a western Queensland adventure, there’s really only one place where you’ll see the sea, and that’s Karumba Point. If you fancy yourself as a photographer, you can’t go wrong taking sunset shots in this part of the world, because the sun sets across the sea in glorious technicolour. It’s worth visiting for this alone!
The smell of salt is a welcome change when you’ve been inland for so long. Karumba Point is in fact the only stretch of beach that can be accessed from the Matilda Highway and Savannah Way by bitumen road, which makes it even more special.
But it has to be said: The real attraction is the fishing. If you have your own boat, you’ll find ramps at Karumba and Karumba Point. Otherwise, tour operators take fishing trips. If you’re not keen on fishing, you can still have a wonderful time out on the water with a sunset cruise on the Gulf or a birdwatching and wildlife cruise along the river.
The Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park has spacious sites, and as many of the regulars have boats on trailers. There were more ‘southern’ number plates on four-wheel-drives here than we’d seen in any other park so far on this trip. It’s a real mecca for southern fishermen and travellers who just love beautiful places.
The pool is a beauty, and as you can’t swim in the picturesque gulf waters, it gets a real workout. From Monday to Friday there’s even an aquarobics class held each afternoon to help the ladies, and some fellas, stay fit. Apart from the pool the amenities are all well appointed and easily accessible.
The park is perfect for long and short term stays and travelers of all ages. We hope you enjoy your holiday whether it be a short or long stay as Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is the ideal place for you to visit. Stop and take the time out to absorb the surroundings and great atmosphere.
This part of the world is the last word in casual relaxation. The locals are friendly and many people come back winter after winter to bask in the gorgeous weather away from their chilly southern homes. These ‘winter locals’ are usually keen fishermen, so fish is often on the menu hereabouts. Fishing enthusiasts also come from Mount Isa at weekends, because fishing in the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria is incomparable. It’s a seven-and-a-half drive, so they have to be keen!
The Karumba township hugs the Norman River and is a major port for the export of live cattle and minerals. Historically, it has also been headquarters for prawning and commercial fishing industries. Congratulations on arriving in Karumba. You’ve made it to the tip of the Matilda Highway!
If you don’t know much about barramundi (apart from how good it tastes), you’re in for a few surprises when you tour the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre at Karumba.
Barramundi are amazing fish. They are born male and actually have a gender change some years into their existence. Also, one female can spawn tens of millions of eggs in a season!Despite that phenomenal fact, the Barramundi Discovery Centre actually exists to ensure a fishing future for the Southern Gulf strain of barramundi. This is the only hatchery in the world that has succeeded in breeding this strain.
For many years, the centre was operated by the Gulf Barramundi Restocking Association. A group of commercial fishermen established the association and the hatchery began its important work in 1993. The association is now run by the Carpentaria Shire Council, but GBRA members are still involved in the capture of broodstock and the release of fingerlings.
Over the years, fingerlings have been released across quite a vast region including Moondarra Lake near Mount Isa, Belmore Lake at Croydon and the Norman and Albert River systems near Burketown. Tours are conducted by experienced guides and usually run for about 45 minutes. Part of the tour is a video on the farming practices of raising fingerlings.
While in Karumba, visit the Karumba Visitor Information Centre and Library to pick up a bird list and use their reference books to check any birdlife or mammals you’ve seen.
Take Karumba’s heritage walk. Along the way you will discover pioneers, commercial fishing, World War 2 squadrons and the Catalina among the history of the region. New signage tells some of the stories from the first inhabitants, explorers, environment, economy and community.
Activities and Interest: Fishing, Tour, Animal Viewing. Birdwatching, Crabbing, Farm/Station activity, Fishing – Beach, Fishing – Game Fishing, Fishing – Estuary, Flora, Marine Animal watching, Photography, ScFlights, Sightseeing, Outback Trail Walking
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