You can’t go wrong taking sunset shots in this part of the world, because the sun sets across the sea in glorious technicolour
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 Technicolor. 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 cruise on the Gulf or a birdwatching and wildlife cruise along the river.
While you’re in Karumba, learn the story of the Karumba tide, for the area has only one high and one low tide every 24 hours.
Karumba Point and Karumba are 8km apart by road, but only half that distance by foot when you take a special walking path created between the two settlements. This walk is very popular with visitors and takes you past mangrove landscape where you can often see the birds and fish that live here. You don’t even get your feet wet, because bridges have been constructed at the creek crossings.
The 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 brood stock and the release of fingerlings.
A walking track between Karumba and Karumba Point has become popular with visitors. The 4km route is an easy walk past mangrove landscape and a variety of fish, plants and bird life. Two little river crossings are bridged. People like to do the walk then relax over a coffee or a meal before setting off on their return journey.
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 bird life 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.
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