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Home Visiting Carpentaria Shire Karumba
Karumba

At the mouth of the Norman River, Karumba is the centre of the Gulf's prawning and barramundi industries. It is located on the edge of the wetlands that extend inland for approximately 30 kilometres.

These meandering saltwater tidal estuaries are the habitat of saltwater crocodiles and a vast number of bird species, including pelicans, brolgas and black swans.

Karumba is serviced by a bitumen road so access is available year round; however current road conditions information should always be sought, particularly during December, January and February. Karumba is the only stretch of beach in the Gulf Savannah that can be accessed by a sealed road. There are several charter vessels available to go fishing as well as good facilities in town for supplying your own boat. The port of Karumba was originally a refuelling and repair stop for the Empire Flying Boats and also supported a Catalina Flying Boat Base for the Royal Australian Air force.Aerial View of Karumba Point

LOCATION

  • 72 km north of Normanton
  • 781 km west of Cairns
  • 425 km east of NT border

AIRSTRIP

Sealed airstrip located at Karumba Point

ATTRACTIONS

Many prawn trawlers dock in Karumba to unload their cargo of prawns and a barramundi fishing industry operates out of the port. The fishermen harvest this exquisite fish from the delta system, creeks and inlets that cut across the wetlands of the Gulf shore. They spend months living on their boats in the security of inlets which are inhabited by saltwater crocodiles as well as waterbirds that follow the barra boats for handouts.

The Flying Boat Base: the Port of Karumba was originally a refuelling and repair stop for the Empire Flying Boats which connected Sydney to Great Britain. These large airships landed on the stretch of the river in front of the town. This route, during the war, was the only aerial connection Australia had with the rest of the world. Karumba was also a Catalina Flying Boat base for the Royal Australian Air Force and the ramp onto which these amphibians taxied is now the street that runs beside Karumba Lodge, including the boat ramp into the Norman River.

Sunset FishingFishing the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria:  common  species of fish are queen fish, grunter, salmon, mackerel as well as marlin and sailfish. Boat hire and cruises are available for those interested in fishing. See accommodation/services section for further information.

The Wetlands:  Mutton Hole Wetland covers 9000 hectares in the Gulf Plains bioregion.  These wetlands are of state and territory, national and international significance for breeding, feeding, moulting and drought refuge for waterbirds that include Whistling Ducks, Sarus Cranes, Brolgas and waders. The wetland is listed under the National Estate, to be the leading light of how local communities and government can work together to protect important nature values, cultural values as well as maintain an income for local businesses.  Mutton Hole Wetlands are currently being developed for tourist access.

Old cemetery: on the road to Karumba Point there is an old cemetery from the days when Karumba was known as "Norman Mouth" telegraph station. This dirt track turns off to the left halfway between the turn-off and the Point.

Wrecks:  upriver from Karumba on the left hand side of the Norman River is the wreck of a large vessel blown into the mangroves by a cyclone where she remains, still high and dry.

Gulf Barramundi Restocking Association/Barramundi Discovery Centre:  the Gulf Barramundi Restocking Association is a non profit organisation which relies heavily on volunteer workers, donations and membership contributions to help cover the cost of thousands of baby barra being released into the wild.

The Gulf Barramundi Restocking Association is unique in that it is the only restocking group in Queensland that has been created by the commercial sector. Some years ago, a group of professional barra fishermen got together and decided that, in order to have a future sustainable fishery in Gulf waters, breeding barra to replace the ones being taken was the way to go.

The organisation has been issued permits by the QFMA to stock fish in the Norman River at Karumba and the Albert River at Burketown. 100,000 fingerlings are stocked annually into the nursery waters of these two rivers. Lake Moondarra and Lake Belmore are also being stocked with barra.

See, feed and touch barramundi broodfish, some weighing up to and over 25 kg. Hear how the barramundi spawn in captivity and how their larvae are reared to fingerling size for release in the wild.

The Barramundi Farm is open to the public. Coaches and educational groups are welcome. Drinks and a range of souvenirs including barramundi merchandise are available. All proceeds support the Barramundi Restocking Program. For further information contact the Barra Farm.

Karumba Boat HireGulf Barramundi Restocking Association - The Barra Farm
P.O. Box 3 Karumba 4890
Telephone 61 7 4745 9359
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FACILITIES

Ambulance - 000
Department of Primary Industries -
(07) 4745 9142
Karumba Visitor Information Centre -
Walker Street, Phone (07)  4745 9582
Karumba Childrens Centre
Phone: (07) 4745 9175 Fax: (07) 4745 9487
Karumba Civic Centre - Phone: (07) 4745 9582
Karumba Health Clinic - Phone: (07) 4747 6400
Karumba Recreation Club - Phone: (07) 4745 9100
Karumba Sports Complex - Phone: (07) 4745 9600
Kath Alexander Park - Public BBQ and toilets
Library & Visitor Information Centre - Phone: (07) 4745 9582
Police - Phone: (07) 4745 9120
Post Office - Yappar Street - Phone:  (07) 4745 9210
Public Phones: Corner of Fielding & Karumba Point Development Road, Yappar Street outside the Post Office and Corner of Ward & Palmer Streets
Public toilets: Palmer Street (near boat ramp)
Swimming Pool - Contact Karumba State School - Phone: (07) 4745 9162
Taxi - Phone: (07) 4745 9022
Tennis Court - contact Karumba State School Phone: (07) 4745 9162
Blackwater Dump Sites - Karumba truckstop, Karumba Point Tourist Park and Sunset Caravan Park at Karumba Point.

ACCOMMODATION AND SERVICES

A Raptis & Sons Seafood Retail Shop
Phone: (07) 4745 9122

Alan Brennan Painting Contractor
Phone:  (07) 4745 9024

Ash's Holiday Units & Café -
Phone (07) 4745 9132
Fax: (07) 4745 9134
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Website:  www.ashsholidayunits.com.au

Ausnorth Electrical & Refrigeration
Phone (07) 4745 9886

Carpentaria Barra & Sport Fishing Charter
Phone  0408 796 705

Carpentaria Fuels
Phone (07) 4745 9332

Carpentaria Quality Meats
Phone (07) 4745 9605
Fax: (07) 4745 9538

Carpentaria Barra & Sport Fishing Charter
Phone 0408 796 705

Croc and Crab Tours
Phone  (07) 4745 9009
Fax: (07) 4745 9001

Delta Dawn Fishing
Phone  (07) 4745 9393

End of the Road Motel
Phone (07) 4745 9599
Fax: (07) 4745 9399

Ferryman Cruises
Phone (07) 4745 9155
Fax: (07) 4745 9155

Gee Dee's Units
Phone (07) 4745 9433
Fax: (07) 4745 9433

Ghost Nets Australia
Phone (07) 4745 9661

Gone Fishin Units
Phone (07) 4745 9502
Fax: 07 4745 9504

Gulf Chronicle
Phone (07) 4745 9359

Gulf Barramundi Restocking Program - Barramundi Discovery Centre
Phone: (07) 4745 9359
Fax: (07) 4745 9359

Gulf Country Caravan Park
Phone (07) 4745 9148
Fax: (07) 4745 9148

Gulf Meat Supplies
Phone (07)  4745 9146

Gulf Engineering & Construction
Phone (07) 4745 9331

Gunn's Electrical
Phone (07)  4745 9787
Fax:  (07)  4745 9107

Jay Seas Holiday Units
Phone (07) 4745 9414
Fax: (07) 4745 9011

Jones Marine
Phone (07) 4745 9159
Fax:  (07) 4745 9366

Karumba Hot Bread
Phone (07) 4745 9996
Fax: (07) 4745 9997

Karumba Livestock Loading
Phone (07) 4745 9103
Fax: (07) 4745 9324

Karumba Lodge Hotel / Motel
Phone (07) 4745 9121
Fax: (07) 4745 9379

Karumba Marine Services
Phone (07) 4745 9158
Fax: 07 4745 9303

Karumba Pharmacy
Phone  (07)  4745 9955

Karumba Point Service Station
Phone (07) 4745 9318
Fax: (07) 4745 9177

Karumba Point Fuels
Phone (07) 4745 9318

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park
Phone (07) 4745 9277
Fax: (07) 4745 9480

Karumba Point Tourist Park
Phone (07) 4745 9306
Fax: (07) 4745 9238

Karumba Progress Association
PO Box 63
Karumba
Phone (07) 4745 9751
www.karumba.qld.au

Karumba Recreational Club
Phone (07) 4745 9100
Fax:  (07) 4745 9457

Karumba Seafoods
Phone  (07)  4745 9192

Karumba Supermarket & Cafe
Phone (07) 4745 9188
Fax: (07) 4745 9260

Karumba Taxis
Phone (07) 4745 9022
Fax: (07) 4745 9560

Karumba Trade & Self Storage
Phone 0407 915 179

KB Automotive
Phone (07) 4745 9458
Fax: 07 4745 9458

Kathryn "M" Charters
Phone (07) 4745 9449
Fax: 07 4745 9449

Kerry D Fishing Charters
Phone (07) 4745 9275

Matilda's End Holiday Units & Car Hire
Phone (07) 4747 6500
Fax: (07) 4745 9319

Nolan's Plumbing
Phone (07) 4745 9022
Fax: (07) 4745 9560

Pentana Fishing Charters
Phone 0429 011 675

Pilot's Rest Holiday House
Phone (07) 4745 9024

P&O Maritime Services
Phone (07)  4745 6364

Seabreeze Point Store
Phone (07) 4745 9006

Sud-Up Soaps
Phone 0407 444 747

Sunset Tavern
Phone (07) 4745 9183
Fax: (07) 4745 9461

TransNorth Bus Service
Phone (07) 4745 9132

Tremain-Hill Helicopter Services
Phone (07) 4745 9777

Wells Plant Hire
Phone (07) 4745 9125
Fax: (07) 4745 9169

Wilson's Engineering
Phone (07) 4745 9163
Fax: (07) 4745 9169

Wren Cold Store
Phone (07) 4745 9200