Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre The Centre was opened in early 2019 with the inaugural Barra and Blues Festival. The Centre has been developed to expand the previous operation of a small interpretive centrelinked to the long term operation of the working Barramundi Hatchery which was set up by the Gulf commercial fishing industry in the 1970’s. The hatchery is focused on supplying barramundi fingerlings to various restocking groups across the Gulf area and annually also releases fingerlings into the Norman River for the benefit and sustainability of commercial and recreational fishing - fish for a fishing future! The new Barramundi Discovery Centre is simply stunning - and tells the stories of the places, land, sea, people and challenges of the Gulf and Karumba.
A new hatchery attached to the Barramundi Discovery Centre will provide additional tour and exploring options when you visit Karumba next.
Fishing Charters There are several fishing charter operators to choose from including those specialising in Barramundi Charters - Check your room information books and we can assist with bookings - it is always a good idea to plan ahead if you are thinking to do a charter - just so you don’t miss out on the fun!
River Cruises Sunset, Birdwatching, Croc n Crab and 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 ahead.
Bird Watching and Photography All year round there are opportunities and seasonal changes with migratory, savannah, marine, parrots, birds of prey and more.
Karumba Waterpark and 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 - additional information is available at the Karumba Visitor Information Centre or check with us for details. Some 30 interpretive heritage/history signs are now in place in and around Karumba and Karumba Point areas - the Karumba Visitor Information Centre has location maps.
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 golf clubs/buggies are available for hire. This is a not for profit community operated club.
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.
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
Each year various local, shire and regional events take place including:
Sunday Markets at the Sunset Tavern – Easter to September
Outback by the Sea Festival – late September – early October
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
These have all been impacted by the current COVID19 restrictions and guidelines.
Please check locally for current information - Normanton and Karumba Visitor Information Centres - or accommodation providers can assist