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Things to see and do around Karumba

Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre

Originally established by the Gulf commercial fishing industry, now operated by Carpentaria Shire Council, the new Centre and hatchery provide a fascinating and informative insight into our community and environment. This is a must do when you visit Karumba - local history and stories, displays, the special one tide a day marine life and of course our Gulf barramundi - this is a truly interactive experience - you can even try feeding one which you will never forget.

Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre on Facebook

Fishing Charters

There are several fishing charter operators to choose from - it is strongly advised to book these well before you arrive in Karumba wherever possible.

- Karumba Fishing Adventures
- Kerry D Fishing Charters  
- Micks Fishing Adventures  
- Carpentaria Barra & Sport Fishing Charters

River Cruises

Sunset, Birdwatching, Croc Spotting and nature cruises, special occasions, events or functions. We can assist with information and to help in making bookings and again to avoid missing out - it is a good idea to check dates and availability and book well ahead.

- The Ferryman  
- Croc n Crab Cruises

Bird Watching and Photography

All year round there are opportunities and seasonal changes with migratory, savannah, marine, parrots, birds of prey and more. You don't have to go far to find amazing bird life here!

Burns Philp Building – Normanton

This houses the Normanton Visitor Information Centre as well as having displays and local history and heritage on display.

And while you are visiting Normanton, check out Krys the Croc and maybe try your luck fishing in the Norman River.

Karumba Waterpark & Swimming Pool

A great place to cool off, get some exercise, take the family or just chill out.

Karumba Walking Track

Joining Karumba Point to Karumba town approx. 3.5km long - passing through marine salt/flood plains and over mangrove/marine creeks - the Karumba town end comes out along the Norman River whilst the Karumba Point end brings you through a 100m timber boardwalk among the mangroves - there are some 30 history/heritage signs located along the track and around Karumba town and Karumba Point areas. Maps are provided in your rooms, at the Visitor Information Centre or just ask at the Cafe.

Bowls, Golf and the Karumba Recreation Club

There are social bowls activities throughout the year and golf tournaments on Thursday and Sunday mornings through the year - everyone is welcome.

There are honesty boxes for golf and bowls outside these times and golfclubs/buggies are available for hire. This is a not-for-profit community operated club.

Savannah Way Art Trail

In October 2022 artworks were completed and installed in towns along the Savannah Way - Georgetown, Normanton, Karumba, Burketown, Doomadgee.  Well worth checking out and getting some amazing photos. 

Savannah Way Public Art Trail | Facebook

ABC North West Queensland – Posts | Facebook

The Gulf is home to the Morning Glory Cloud

The Morning Glory cloud is a rare meteorological phenomenon consisting of a low-level atmospheric solitary wave and associated cloud, Burketown is a centre for cloud chasers in the later months of each year with gliders, photographers and those wanting to experience these amazing clouds – as the Gulf of Carpentaria and Gulf of Mexico have the highest rate of formations anywhere in the world.  

In Karumba these morning glory clouds can be experienced most usually from August through to November – early morning – unforgettable!

Karumba and Gulf Country Events

2023 is the 150th Anniversary for Karumba

Late June to early July 2023 there will be various activities and events happening to celebrate 150yrs for Karumba - updates will be found on or check

A Sample of the usual events and activities through the Year:

  • Sunday Markets at the Sunset Tavern – Easter to September
  • Outback by the Sea Festival – check for dates and details at
  • Karumba Anglers Classic – first weekend in October
  • Normanton Barra Bash – Easter weekend
  • Stingers Rugby League team – local competition and matches throughout the year – Normanton – check for local games updates
  • Karumba Golf Open – usually mid to late July
  • Normanton Rodeo and Campdraft – mid year
  • Bring In Spring –  Fun family day for Karumba Children’s Centre – usually mid August
  • Stingers Bush Races Meeting – with sprints and mini rodeo – check Visitor Information Centres for details
  • Annual Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride – raising funds for bush kids - late June - early July

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