Population 522

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.

Visitor Information

Karumba Visitor Information Centre and Library, Walker St, (07) 4745 2208


Nearby towns

  • Normanton

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  • Burketown

    Burketown is on the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria, on the dividing line between the wetlands to the north and the Gulf Savannah plains to...more

  • Croydon

    Croydon is a small town on the grassland plains of the Gulf Savannah. It marks the eastern terminus for the Gulflander train service, which...more

In Town

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

Gulflander 32 km

Jokingly referred to as the train from nowhere to nowhere, the Gulflander runs 150 kilometres between Normanton and Croydon, along a track that has never been linked to the main Queensland rail system. It is a great way... Find out more

Campsites around town

Karumba Point Tourist Park 4 km

This caravan park has an excellent range of facilities, including a swimming pool, craft shop, 2 amenities blocks, fish-cleaning areas and laundry facilities. Air-conditioned, on site caravans are available. You’ll... Find out more

Normanton Tourist Park 32 km

This 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 km

About 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

Gulf Country Caravan Park

Karumba is an extremely popular winter destination, when southern tourists flock north during the cooler winter season. A reservation is necessary during this extremely busy period. This park is just 50 metres from the... Find out more

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park 3 km

This is a good quality park close to the boat ramp and very popular with those tourists who flock to the area in the cooler winter months. Some stay for a whole winter. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Karumba Point Tourist Park 4 km

This is a popular tourist spot located 7.5 km from Karumba. A feature of the park is the fish barbecue on Saturday nights. The park has a craft shop with a range of stock. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Normanton Tourist Park 32 km

Located 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 Motel

As 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

Leichhardt Lagoon camping area 51 km

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.

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