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Karumba is Situated on the mouth of the Norman River, Karumba is already well known as a recreational fishing mecca and birdwatchers paradise. Today however, being so accessible, Karumba is fast becoming a must do destination for travellers looking for an experience with a difference. Further Karumba is diverse industry, it has retained an untouched quality with its relative isolation and small population (approximately 600).
In spite of its industry there is something quite beautiful, peaceful and exotic about Karumba. The rich marine wetlands wind their way is located only 72kms from Normanton, this is truly where the outback near meets the sea. During the summer, monsoon rains replenish the waterways and attract a multitude of birds in preparation for the popular winter tourist season, when fishing enthusiasts along with many round Australia and overseas travellers descend on Karumba for some of the best wild frequently catch barramundi, jewfish and king salmon in the warmer months. Blue salmon, grunter, mud-crabs and bream are caught most of the year.
Learn all about the fascinating facts on Barramundi, the marine habitat and Gulf in general at the Barramundi Discovery Centre where you can adopt your very own barramundi or try feeding the big mouth fish yourself.
The warm tropical waters of north Queensland are teeming with fish of every variety, In the winter months Spanish mackerel and queen fish are often caught. The barramundi season is from January to October, the exact time depends on when the fish spawn, so check as you make your booking.
The town went through 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.
The journey to the Karumba, 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. Karumba itself is a tiny town with the sign on the way into town highlighting this fact: ‘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.
Karumba’s existence is connected to the simple fact that it is on the banks of the river and it is set on sand ridges which allow direct access to the river and the sea. As Burke and Wills found out, in 1861, large areas of the Gulf’s coastline are impenetrable because of the dense mangrove swamps. In fact the bank of the river opposite the town is still impenetrable mangroves.
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