Newsletter July 2015
Because of the the Gulf’s extensive tidal flats, Karumba is the only town along the southern Gulf of Carpentaria that is actually within sight of the open sea. Karumba is also renowned as the place to see the most spectacular sunsets in all of Australia. If you are visiting between September and November, keep an eye out for the unusual tubular cloud formations known as MORNING GLORIES which roll out from the Gulf in the early morning.
Then, of course, there’s the fishing. During the winter months especially, the town’s population swells with mad keen fishermen from all around Australia, here to enjoy their favourite passtime. And there is something for everyone in Karumba, no matter whether you are an experienced fisherman, a keen amateur or a first timer, you will surely enjoy the pristine conditions of the gulf waters. There are always boats available for hire or private charter.
The ‘run-off’ (April – June) usually produces the best fishing and weather conditions in the Gulf. The ‘build-up’ (Sep – Nov) also fishes well for the angler.
The dry season (Jun – Sep) is the most comfortable time to travel the Gulf of Carpentaria and the fishing is excellent. Nearby Sweers Island, only seven kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide, caters for the whole family, and it is one of the most remote – and romantic – islands in Australia.
But it is to the fishermen that Sweers Island has the greatest attraction. Surrounded by thousands of acres of rocky reef, although some are coral, the most common catches are Sweetlip, Cod, Coral Trout, Parrotfish, Stripeys, Red Emperor, Sea Perch, Spanish Mackerel and Tuna. Barramundi are always a possibility off the beach.
Sweers Island can be accessed by private or charter aircraft. For more information about fishing in Far North Queensland, including species, seasons, suggested baits, boat ramp locations and even a marine map and tide times, please visit our FISHING page. Sweers Island is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, containing about 50 different bird species, including the Rose-crowned fruit dove, Bustards, Ducks and Curlews.
Similarly, the Wetlands that lie between Normanton and Karumba are an excellent spot for birdwatching, including migratory birds that travel annually from Australia to Asia. But birdwatchers beware… they are also a habitat for saltwater crocodiles! The area is also unique as there is only ONE HIGH AND LOW TIDE EACH DAY – compared with the rest of Northern Australia, which has the standard two each day – so this might have something to do with the fishing as well.
Watch a kangaroo in the Australian outback, and you’ll notice something strange—when they walk, they have five “legs.” As they graze on grasses and shrubs, they place their tails on the ground in time with their front legs, forming a tripod like arrangement that supports their body while they bring their hind legs forward. Now, a study has shown that kangaroo tails are much more than just a passive crutch; they also play an active role in powering the animals’ unique, five-limbed walk
Come stay relax and enjoy! Activities and Interest: Fishing, Tour, Animal Viewing. Birdwatching, Crabbing, Farm/Station activity, Fishing – Beach, Fishing – Game Fishing, Fishing – Estuary, Flora, Marine Animal watching, Photography, Sc Flights, Sightseeing, Outback Trail Walking
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