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Sep 6, 2014 - Karumba - last day

Today was our last day in Karumba so it's getting the van ready for the trek home and saying goodbye to some folk we met. Not much to report as it was just bits and pieces of packing etc until sunset when we went and sat on the beach with a glass of wine and watched the famous Karumba Sunset. We were fascinated to watch a guy flying around in an ultra-light taking photos of the sunset.

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Sep 3, 2014 - Crab and Croc tour

We had read about this on Trip Advisor and the reviews were all positive. Starting the day at 7:45 at the boat ramp again we set off up the Norman river with a view to spotting some crocodiles and catching some mud crabs. I have to say that the tour was better than expected. The operators are professional mud crabbers and they have an unbelievable amount of knowledge that they happily share. We travelled up river, spotted 4 different crocodiles, caught some muddies and had fresh muddies, gulf prawns and cold beer and wine for lunch. One...

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Sep 2, 2014 - Fishing in Karumba

Today is our first of two days fishing with a charter operator Kerry Dee Charters. The day started at 6:45 am at the boat ramp cross the road from our van park. What a day - I will let the photos do most of the talking. Sue caught the largest fish between us. We jointly hooked a Shovel Nosed ray. Overall Sue and I caught 24 Blue Nosed Threadfin Salmon that were kept on board. We also caught some that were thrown back because we had some many on the boat we could become picky. In addition to the Salmon heaps of sharks and catfish were...

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Aug 31, 2014 - Karumba

Karumba - a really interesting and strangely beautiful place. The current population is approximately 500. In years past the population was higher and the town was bustling with activity. Karumba used to be home base for roughly 200 prawn trawlers that worked the gulf for the banana, tiger and endeavour prawns. The current fleet is a mere 49 boats. The industry was rationalised to make sure it was sustainable from an ecological and economic perspective. Karumba industry is now prawn fishing, mud crabbing, barramundi fishing, mackerel...

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Aug 30, 2014 - Karumba

Arrived in Karumba after a relatively easy drive up from Croydon. Karumba is a Gulf Town of roughly 500 people nestled on the shores of the South Eastern corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria and at the mouth of the Norman River. Driving into Karumba the flatness and barren landscape is quite captivating. Whilst the flora is sadly missing the wildlife is abundant. We saw hundreds of tall grey Brolgas and hundreds of wallabies. Driving into the van park we are reminded once again that we are in one of the most remote parts of the Australian...

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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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Trip Journal


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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