They say that one deep breath of the air here and Karumba gets into your blood
Karumba, popularly known as the Outback by the Sea, is the only port on the Gulf of Carpentaria. It was first established as a telegraph station in the 1870’s and is home to an amazing array of wildlife, not the least of which is the saltwater crocodiles that are so abundant in the Top End. In the 1960’s and 1970’s the town became the centre for the Gulf fishing industry and today that industry, most notably prawn (shrimp) and barramundi fishing, earns over AUD$130 million a year. The fishing industry is all-pervading, even the police station has a boat outside it!
There’s something enticing about Karumba
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is an ideal destination for tourists who love to explore and want to experience all that the Gulf of Carpentaria offers with the beach, fishing spots, birds life, millions of stars at night, shopping and local hotel being only a short distance away. The Park offers villas, cabins, plenty of shady powered and unpowered sites, air-conditioned on-site caravans and a sparkling swimming pool. There are two amenities blocks, laundry facilities, a fish cleaning area and dump points.
The Park staff are there to help the guests with everything from parking the van to helping with information or make any tour bookings required. Nature abounds in the area and the bird watching is as popular as the fishing and crabbing.
The friendly atmosphere of the Park is well renowned, and many who visit, seem to return because they have such a great experience.
There is native wildlife in Karumba
After that we wandered over to the boat ramp at Karumba Point where we had a truly magnificent view out over the Gulf. The water seemed to stretch endlessly and disappeared over the horizon. We walked along the path through the Wetlands but other than a few rodents and one or two birds it was deserted of animal life. There are lots of opportunities to view wildlife such as Pelicans, kangaroos and brolga! etc.
Fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria
You can’t come to Karumba and not go fishing; it simply isn’t done. Even for a somewhat unenthusiastic angler like myself. And so the next morning we set off on a fishing excursion on the Gulf of Carpentaria aboard the Kathryn M. It was very early when we boarded, the sun was barely up. Apparently, so they tell me, this is the best time to catch fish.
Let the fish catching begin!
There were other folks on board the boat with us and as soon as we stopped lines were cast and everyone settled down for a good days fishing. Well, the fishing was as good as we expected moreover, it was led to believe that it was better than Darwin. I caught the first fish, a nice big blue-nosed salmon, and over the course of the next couple of minutes, there was a constant stream of fish being hauled in. We did, however, catch a lot of the fish they call the skippy, kind of like a Moreton Bay tailor, a couple of one big Barramundi and several salmon. Not bad for a morning’s fishing.
The most beautiful sunsets in the world are at Karumba
Karumba is reputed to have the most beautiful sunsets in the world and we’d been told that we shouldn’t miss it. And so later that evening we sat on the beach, watching as the clouds cleared just enough. The sky turned pink and orange as the sun’s rays reflected off the water and we sat there until that great
Karumba sunset glowing ball had dropped below the horizon and darkness engulfed us. It was almost magical.
A visit to a fish hatchery
The overcast skies were still with us and the wind was ripping through during the night but seemed to ease off about late morning. We wandered down into the town to have a look at the Barramundi Discovery Centre, the only hatchery in the world that breeds the Gulf strain of barramundi.
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Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, PO Box 61 Karumba Queensland 4891
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