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 1960s 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.
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
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.