is known as where the 'Outback meets the Sea' and renowned for some spectacular
sunsets over the Gulf and Arafura Sea. The town is sited at the mouth of the
Norman River, a fishing community that is well known as a recreational fishing
mecca, as well as a bird watchers paradise. It is has also become a 'must do
destination' for travellers seeking something different. The rich marine
wetlands that wind their way inland some 30 kms from the coastline of the Gulf
of Carpentaria, is haven for wildlife. It is also renowned for the Barramundi
Discovery Centre where you can learn all about our the Barramundi.
here, you drive through Savannah Country, with Karumba Point the only stretch of
beach that has a boat ramp in the central Savannah Coast that can be accessed by
For those planning to visit the Gulf Country, this is still frontier country.
You are advised to ensure that you are fully prepared, with enough spare fuel,
and extra drinking water in your vehicle. You should also ensure you have the
basics such as fan belts, raidator hoses, spare wheels for your vehicle, trailer
and caravan. During the wet season, you should check road conditions before
setting off through the region as roads can become impassable.
Karumba was established in the 1870’s, at the location of the mouth of
the Norman River and was originally called Norman Mouth
Telegraph Station. During the 1960’s prawning and
barramundi fishing established themselves as a key industry in
the area, and today Karumba is home to the largest Barramundi
and prawning fishery in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Fishing
charter vessels are available for the fishing enthusiast to
explore the unspoilt waterways of the gulf and the rivers.
Karumba offers some a range of
including a couple of popular
Many thanks to the Friends of Ausemade for the following photos.