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Karumba - Cities, Towns and Localities

Sunset on the beach at Norman River estuary, Karumba, Queensland
Sunset on the beach at Norman River estuary,
Karumba Nth West Queensland

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. Nothing much happened here until the port was setup as a Flying Boat Base for the refuelling and repairs 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.

The Royal Australian Air Force established the Catalina Flying Boat base here the ramp onto which these amphibians taxied is now the street that runs beside the Karumba Lodge.

During the 1960’s prawning and barramundi fishing established themselves as an 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.

The town of Karumba itself is nestled on the mouth of the Norman River. It is literally where the 'Outback meets the Sea', and is home to some spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria. With many of the residence being part of the fishing community, Karumba also attracts thousands of visitors each year, being a mecca for those in love with seafood.

Other items of interest include the old ‘Norman Mouth’ cemetery and Sweers Island 40 nautical miles north, in the Wellesley Group, can be accessed from Karumba either by air or vessel. Explore the remains of Carnarvon, an early settlement established by William Landsborough. The island has golden beaches, a gravestone from the HMCS Victoria, caves, lime kiln and an excellent anchorage.

Sweers Island would be one of the most romantic and remote islands in Australia. A resort exists on the island and is surrounded by thousands of acres of reefs most of which has never seen a fish hook.

Check out our listing of Karumba accommodation and Gulf Savannah accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Karumba Attractions

Barramundi Discovery Centre
• 148 Yappar St, KARUMBA QLD • Ph: 07 4745 9359 • Email
• The Barramundi Discovery Centre is believed to be one of the first of its type in Queensland, a barramundi farm, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Visitors can book on the guided tours that take you around the hatchery. There are also interactive displays.
Karumba Point Beach
• The only beach in the central savannah that can be accessed by vehicle.
Sweers Island Resort
• PMB 1, KARUMBA QLD 4891 • Ph: 07 4748 5544 • Email
The Wetlands
• Between Karumba and Normanton is a huge stretch of flat swamp country frequented by massive flocks of Sauris cranes and Brolga’s. Other migratory birds frequent this area and use it is a staging point between Australia and Asia or Europe.

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Karumba Distance

Distance to Karumba
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Karumba:
• Brisbane 2,159
• Burketown 302
• Cairns 748
• Cape York 999
• Normanton 71
• Port Douglas 803
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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Sunset over Karumba, Queensland, Australia
Sunset over Karumba
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