Take your caravan to Karumba, Qld, and you’ll find there’s more to it than mere barra and prawns
• Fishing and crabbing
• Beach walks
• Barramundi Discovery Centre
• Sunset cruise
• Charter fishing and croc spotting
HISTORY OF KARUMBA
Although it’s only 71km from Normanton, on a double lane bitumen road, Karumba has a small population and a frontier atmosphere. The locals describe it as ‘outback by the sea’.
In 1872, a telegraph line was established between Karumba and Cardwell. Karumba was a base for the famous Empire flying boats on their trek from Australia to England and during World War II it was a base for the RAAF.
Later, it became the centre of a large prawning fleet and processing factory. Commercial barramundi fishing, crabbing and live cattle exports are important industries today.
The port is also home to Century Mine’s huge dewatering plant and shipping facilities. Zinc and lead are mined near Lawn Hill and pumped through a 304km pipeline to Karumba where they are processed. The MV Wunma, a self- discharging transfer barge, carries 5000t loads out to the bulk carriers anchored about 20 nautical miles offshore. The lead and zinc are shipped to Port Pirie and Hobart as well as Asia and America.
Tourism has played a large part in Karumba since the road into town was sealed. Many caravanners stay for the winter to catch barra, grunter and salmon, and mud cabs are also on the menu. Large crocs are part of the river system here, and you can almost always spot a few if you travel up the Norman River in a tinnie or on a croc spotting charter.
The whole area is a joy for birdwatchers with large waterbirds such as sarus cranes, brolgas, jabirus, magpie geese and burdekin ducks a familiar sight around Karumba and on the local waterways.
The Barramundi Discovery Centre in Karumba was started by local commercial fishermen to help restock the waterways. They saw their livelihood shrinking as large numbers of recreational fishermen started arriving when the road was sealed. Big local barra are caught and used for breeding at the centre. The process is very complex and labour intensive and volunteers do all the work. The hatchlings are put into the local waterways and Croydon’s Lake Belmore.
There are 16 different types of barra, but only five are found in Australia and the local species is only found in this area. A tour of the centre is very informative and interactive, as you can feed the fish.
The last time many had caught in Karumba several nice fish including Barramundi, Grunter and Cod near by the outback and the Norman River. This time, many anglers have caught large Barra and King Salmon Fish 10-15 minutes walking distance from the Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park. Many say this park is one of the best parks in Australia and certainly the best in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Guests return to the park year after year. And it’s easy to see why when you see the beauty of the park and surrounding area. It is right next to the beach and boat ramp, has all the facilities, slabs, shade, shop, pool, barbecues, showers, toilets, TV, sites, cabins, villas, entertainment, roast nights and a free monthly sausage sizzle. 300 meters up the road you have the Sunset Tavern where you can get a feed, a beer, play the pokies, and get a bet on the dogs or the horses. Maybe you can win 70 million on the Lotto!! Or just grab a beer and a feed and watch a sunset that will blow your mind. Later on you can take in the quite solitude of the park and look up to see a million stars through the crystal clear air. No smog up here Mate.
A drive to Karumba Point Beach to enjoy barra and chips from Ash’s takeaway at sunset is an absolute must. While there, we were also lucky enough to see the Wunma come in to collect ore.
If you take a walk along Karumba Point beach and you keep going along the road beside the beach, you’ll reach the site of the old home of legendary croc shooters Ron and Krystina Pawlowski.
The dirt roads running off Allan Howie Way and Henry Street lead to several swamps where you should find waterbirds and wallabies.
There are a number of tours and cruises available now. You can choose from sunset cruises, croc and crab pot cruises, fishing or croc spotting.
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan 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.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, ScFlights, Sightseeing, Outback Trail Walking
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