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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. The rich marine wetlands wind their way inland some 30 kilometres from the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline, this is truly where the savannah outback 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 caught barramundi in Australia. 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.

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  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Off Road Driving
    Off Road Driving

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Further Details:
Nearest Highway: Gulf Savannah Way - east to Cairns and west to Darwin, Matilda Highway south to Mt Isa. Nearest Main Airport: Cairns ( 782 kilometres ) - Mt Isa (500 plus kilometres) - Normanton 70 kilometres. Karumba has a sealed air strip however no regular commercial service currently.

Be sure to sample the exceptional Gulf seafood in the hotel, tavern and cafes including mud crab, gulf prawns, barra or king salmon. Visiting Karumba allows you to experience one of the most magnificent sunsets in Australia, which can be admired from a cruise boat or the Karumba Point Beach - a breathtaking experience you will never forget. Charters for fishing, bird-watching, croc and crab spotting, history or just taking in the amazing environment are all available along with a range of accommodation to suit the budget and your needs.
There is a large range of experiences on offer in Karumba. The surrounding wetlands are internationally recognised as being an important habitat for some of the most unique birdlife in the world and a must to explore while in the region. There are several charter operators out of Karumba which operate from early morning to sunset and give you the opportunity to go crocodile spotting, learn about mud crabbing and history, as well as birdwatching. It's the perfect way to meander through the wetlands with a knowledgeable local as your guide.

Hop on one of the fishing charter boats, which operate half or full day trips out of Karumba. Alternatively you can hire a boat, 15hp or 25hp (a current boat licence is required) or fish from the beach. Don't miss your chance to catch the big one! Karumba Point Beach is the only beach in the Gulf accessible by a sealed road. Enjoy a walk along the beachfront and soak in the beauty of the place truly Outback by the Sea. Relax at the Tavern or buy lunch from one of the Cafes and eat while you admire the views from the edge of the Gulf. Keeping in touch is easy with internet kiosks or wireless internet available in several places around Karumba.

Hotel Pick-up:
Visitors can arrange to be transferred to accommodation venues from the airport at Normanton or for private pilots at Karumba airport. A taxi service is also available in Karumba. Hire car services are available in both Normanton and Karumba. Karumba and Normanton also have taxi services to transport you around the area if required.

How To Get There:
Trans North Bus and Coach Service operates the passenger and light freight service from Cairns to Karumba three trips per week servicing all towns en route. The service links the Gulflander and Savannahlander rail services to allow travellers to experience the unique Gulf-Savannah region. Skytrans flights are available from Cairns to Normanton and Karumba* (Flights to Karumba are not available as yet all year round so please check details). Travelling from Cairns or Darwin, the Gulf Savannah is accessible via a network of sealed and unsealed roads (all sealed from Cairns and Mt Isa). The Savannah Way is the favoured route, going east to Cairns and West to Darwin. Another alternative for the adventurous traveller is to go from Cairns and Karumba via the Chillagoe Wrotham Park road, however note there are no services for 563 kilometres and access is limited to 4WDs. Between December and March, some connecting roads may be closed and drivers are advised to always check road and weather conditions.

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