Karumba is at the mouth of the Norman River in the Gulf Savannah. It is the easiest access point for the Gulf of Carpentaria, the key reason the town is the centre for the Gulf's booming prawn and barramundi industries. During the 1930s, the town was an important refuelling depot for the airships of the Empire Flying Boats, which travelled from Sydney to England. Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy the untouched waters of the gulf and nearby rivers that offer an abundance of fish.
Karumba Visitor Information Centre and Library, Walker St, (07) 4745 2208
Barramundi Discovery Centre: barramundi display and information; Riverside Dr.
Ferryman cruises: tours include birdwatching, gulf sunset and night crocodile spotting; depart Karumba boat ramp; (07) 4745 9155.
Charters and dinghy hire: discover the renowned fishing spots in the Gulf or on the Norman River on a charter or hire a dinghy; Karumba Port.
Heritage walk: self-guide walk; brochure from Karumba library.
Wetland region: extending 30 km inland from Karumba are the wetlands, habitat of the saltwater crocodile and several species of birds, including brolgas and cranes.
Cemetery: early-settlement cemetery when Karumba was known as Norman Mouth telegraph station; 2 km N on road to Karumba Pt.
Karumba Pt: boat hire available; note presence of saltwater crocodiles; 3 km N.
Sweers Island: island in the Gulf with beaches, abundant birdlife, excellent fishing and caves; access is by boat or air; details from visitor centre.
Eco-friendly activities around town
Campsites around town
Normanton Tourist Park 32 kmThis park has 55 powered sites, 25 unpowered sites, 12 ensuite cabins and 5 budget rooms. Facilities include a lap pool, artesian spa bath and 3 amenities blocks. Normanton is about 380 km north of Cloncurry and 680 km... Find out more
Leichhardt Camping Park 51 kmAbout 800 m from the Norman River on the Normanton–Croydon Rd (Savannah Way), 26 km east of Normanton. There are no powered sites here but campers are encouraged to bring their own generators. You need to boil or... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
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Normanton Tourist Park 32 kmLocated in the centre of town, the park has good amenities, some large shady trees, and the town’s swimming pool within its bounds. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more
Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
End of the Road MotelAs the name implies, it’s a long way to this motel from just about anywhere. Karumba is where the outback meets the sea, and when the owners talk absolute water frontage at this motel they seriously mean it.... Find out more
Rest areas around town
T/O 24km SE of Normanton (R) or 131km W of Croydon (L)
In a natural bush setting 800m off the highway near the Norman River.
QT 125 rest area 74 km
156km N of Burke and Wills (L) or 38km S of Normanton (R)
Adjacent to the highway.
QT 124 rest area 89 km
116km N of Burke and Wills (R) or 78km S of Normanton (L)
Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.
What's on around town
Market: Sunset Tavern; Sun.
Fishing Competition: follows Easter event at Normanton; Apr.
Norman River Duck Race: June.