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Aug 8, 2014 - Karumba, Queensland

From Undara we continued west on the Savannah Way (Gulf Developmental Road). Much of this road is a single lane of bitumen (pronounced BIT-chew-men in Australia; also known as asphalt in the US) down the middle with wide dirt shoulders. The protocol when meeting another vehicle is for both to slow down (to reduce rock spray) and move left so the left wheels are on the shoulder while the right ones remain on the bitumen (to retain control if the shoulder is soft). If the other vehicle is a road train (one of those triple-trailer trucks that...

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May 11, 2014 - Mount Isa to Karumba

Apart from the roads the trip from Isa to Karumba was fantastic. Karumba is right on the Gulf of Carpentaria and is out of this world for a relaxing and fishing or anything to do with water. Seafood is to die for and cheap. Well worth a visit if your in the area.

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Aug 12, 2013 - Aye Karumba

13th August The Port of Karumba is located at the mouth of the Norman River in the south-east corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Port of Karumba has serviced remote Gulf communities since the late 1800s. The Century Mine started exporting zinc concentrate through the port in December 1999. The Port of Karumba was originally a refuelling and repair shop for the Empire floating Flying Boats and also supported a WW11 Catalina Flying Boat Base for the Royal Australian Air Force. Zinc slurry is piped 304km to the port from the mine,...

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Aug 8, 2013 - To the Top.

5th August, 2013 We left Mt. Surprise this morning in clear sky and sunny day and we are heading for Georgetown. There are many one lane bridges out this way and this was the first one where we had to stop and give way to a truck. Don’t think I would have liked to call his bluff; he was much bigger than us. The scenery is changing yet again, it is becoming a lot drier and the kapok trees are out in flower. There are no trees now, well not as we know them. There would be hardly any at all that are over 7 feet high. The Black Cockatoos are...

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Jul 14, 2013 - Aye Karumba!

Me again - Took off to Karumba today. It's the one town in the Gulf of Carpentaria that you can get to on sealed roads. We drove through Normanton on the way and it reminded us a lot of our old haunt, Cunnamulla - except for the massive but life-sized replica crocodile in the main street! Hard to believe its size, nevertheless we might be standing a little further back from croc water from now on. We had heard that Karumba was a popular town at this time of year (southerners migrating north for winter) and, by jove, it's true! After hours...

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Nov 1, 2012 - Georgetown to Karumba

Happy birthday to me. Getting talking to the grey nomads last night Marc suggests we head for karumba. It's a spot right in the gulf of carpentia and is the other side of the pointy bit at the top. Today we drive and see nothing but a few cows again wandering everywhere including on the road. The future we drive the less we see and it's funny because we start to feel like we are in the outback. There is however beautiful birds of prey and its a shame that Joshie can't watch them out his window because they fly away too fast as we get near...

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Sep 19, 2012 - Karumba: Gulf of Carpentaria

Karumba Queensand 19 - 22 Sept 2012 Karumba is a small town in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Nth Queensland and is known for its great fishing & more importantly delicious prawns, so we were keen to get there and taste some of its delicacies. We polished off 2kgs of prawns on our 1st night and were not disappointed! Jesse and Sean were keen to test the waters and headed out on a ½ day fishing charter. Unfortunately the wind picked up the day we arrived which cooled things down but meant the fish weren’t biting. They caught enough to feed the...

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Aug 25, 2012 - Cumberland Chimney to Karumba

On out way to Normanton we passed through Croydon, hadn't planned to stop until we noticed a bit of a historical area with signs saying 'open' and 'free'. What a feet little town, we stopped and looked through a few old buildings and listened to an old court case. Arriving in Normanton fairly early in the day we pulled in and had lunch at one of the pubs (not the famous purple one). Then thought we might as well travel the extra 70kms out to Karumba and spend the night there. We hadn't booked and heard it might be tricky to get a spot. Two...

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Oct 27, 2011 - Karumba - Oct 24-27

Well, we have been there - on to the coast at the Gulf of Carpentaria, at Karumba. Very, very humid (was 100% at 0730 when we left this morning!!) and pretty warm - very little to see in Karumba (a good butcher, though!!) and we were very happy with the Park we stayed in out on the point. The sunsets were spectacular, similar to those seen in Broome - nice to see the sun setting over the ocean once more!! Off down to Normanton for a look at the Gulflander train, a brunch stop at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, and then it is on to Cloncurry...

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Around Aus in 2011

Jul 1, 2011 - Karumba (1st - 3rd)

Friday, 1 July - overcast/sunny OFFICIAL TODAY: we have travelled 4,000.6k, driving for 59hrs 57mins A sleepin till 7am this morning LOL...and on the road again ... Going to be a hottie as at 8am it was 20 degrees...but WOW what magic sunrises here! We know we are in far north Qld cause the landscape is just miles & miles of flat bush as far as the eye can see. Passed a property where the front gate read - "36k to homestead" LOL We travel on to Normanton,where we met Krys the Savanah King Croc. Krys is a reproduction of the original croc...

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Oct 29, 2010 - Karumba

Karumba – 4 October to 11 October (7 nights) The 453km drive from Cloncurry to Karumba was a really long slog, with boring cattle station country to be seen most of the way. The country roads in Queensland are not good. They are really bumpy and there are long stretches of single lane bitumen with badly crumbling edges. This means that when another vehicle approaches you have to move over to the left, so that 2 wheels are on the dirt – not so bad for a car, but when pulling a van it gets a little tricky. I also found out the hard way that...

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Living the Dream

Jul 19, 2010 - Mount Surprise

Thurs, 15th July. Now Thursday and are still out of range of Optus signal. Will write up my blog and post it when we are able to do so. On Tuesday we left Gilbert’s c/p at Cloncurry by 8am just ahead of several others on the way to the Gulf. After a few hours on a very good road with little traffic we reached the Burke & Will Roadhouse to stretch our legs and have a look at the outpost. The Roadhouse can be used as a stopover to break the journey to Karumba into two days but the conditions today were brilliant and we didn’t have to do...

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