'Welcome to Karumba - population small'. Such is the sign that welcomes visitors to this remote town, which has only recently been 'discovered' by outback travellers. Karumba is quite literally the end of the road; a small town of about 700 people, where the wide Normanton River meets the Gulf of Carpentaria. It's a friendly place, relaxed but still a little bit wild.
In the 1930's, Karumba served as a base for the so-called 'flying boats' of the Empire Mail Service on their journey from Sydney to London. During World War II the town was a RAAF base for Catalina flying boats. Today, Karumba consists of a port, a few shops, some marine services, budget accommodation for fishermen, and not much more; something of an inauspiscious fascade for its $130 million a year fishing and prawning industries. But this remote town has its own unique atmosphere, retaining a real pioneering feel and a great scope for adventure.

Karumba, on the Gulf of Carpentaria, is famous for its sepctacular sunsets. Because of the the Gulf's extensive tidal flats, Karumba is the only town along the southern Gulf of Carpentaria that is actually within sight of the open sea. Karumba is also renowned as the place to see the most spectacular sunsets in all of Australia. If you are visiting between September and November, keep an eye out for the unusual tubular cloud formations known as MORNING GLORIES which roll out from the Gulf in the early morning.

Then, of course, there's the fishing. During the winter months especially, the town's population swells with mad keen fishermen from all around Australia, here to enjoy their favourite passtime. And there is something for everyone in Karumba, no matter whether you are an experienced fisherman, a keen amateur or a first timer, you will surely enjoy the pristine conditions of the gulf waters. There are always boats available for hire or private charter. Most shops, cafes and caravan parks provide bait (prawns, mullet and garfish) and basic fishing gear including lures suitable for local conditions.

The 'run-off' (April - June) usually produces the best fishing and weather conditions in the Gulf. The 'build-up' (Sep - Nov) also fishes well for the angler who is prepared to brave the associated heat and humidity. The dry season (Jun - Sep) is the most comfortable time to travel the Gulf of Carpentaria and the fishing is usually pretty good.

Nearby Sweers Island, only seven kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide, caters for the whole family, and it is one of the most remote - and romantic - islands in Australia. But it is to the fishermen that Sweers Island has the greatest attraction. Surrounded by thousands of acres of rocky reef, although some are coral, the most common catches are Sweetlip, Cod, Coral Trout, Parrotfish, Stripeys, Red Emperor, Sea Perch, Spanish Mackerel and Tuna. Barramundi are always a possibility off the beach, and sharks can be seen all year round. Sweers Island can be accessed by private or charter aircraft.

For more information about fishing in Far North Queensland, including species, seasons, suggested baits, boat ramp locations and even a marine map and tide times, please visit our FISHING page.

Sweers Island is also a birdwatcher's paradise, containing about 50 different bird species, including the Rose-crowned fruit dove, Bustards, Ducks and Curlews. Similarly, the Wetlands that lie between Normanton and Karumba are an excellent spot for birdwatching, including migratory birds that travel annually from Australia to Asia. But birdwatchers beware... they are also a habitat for saltwater crocodiles!

The area is also unique as there is only ONE HIGH AND LOW TIDE EACH DAY - compared with the rest of Northern Australia, which has the standard two each day - so this might have something to do with the fishing as well.


Karumba Fishing Adventures.Fishing Karumba.KARUMBA FISHING ADVENTURES
2 Col Kitching Drive, Karumba (MAP)
Phone 0425 868 708

Some might say their boat is flasher... but WE CATCH FISH!

Owner operator Ray certainly has a lot of delighted guests, with nothing but FIVE STAR REVIEWS on Tripadvisor and Facebook. As one reveiwer wrote; "Most fishermen will learn something from Ray... His belief is that he is in the hospitality business. No matter if you are a beginner or an expert fisherman you will have a great time on Ray's personalised custom charters. He doesn't like to have more than 4 people on the boat so that everyone gets that personal experience."

Ray has been fishing Karumba for twelve years but has been involved in all aspects of the industry both as a tackle retailer and fisherman for about thirty years. He is a chef by trade, and it's said that he treats chartering as a hospitality enterprise, not just hard core fishing. Ray is proud to show a good time to both experienced and novice anglers. He enjoys taking out families and kids, and families can even get sole boat use. Even if you are not booking a charter, drop in and Ray will be happy to talk fishing!

"Some of our more memorable captures were 20kg cobia by a first time angler a 10kg Spanish mackerel on a guy's 60th birthday biggest fish he ever caught and a just-size bluenose salmon on young Harry's 6th birthday he will never forget... so it's not just the big fish that count." Prime time is from April till September.

Ferryman cruises, Karumba.Karumba tours.FERRYMAN RIVER CRUISES
54 Yappar Street, Karumba (MAP)
Phone 0425 868 708

The ultimate river cruise experience.

Explore the mangrove lined waterway of the Norman river with the Ferryman, informative and educational cruises. Ferryman River Cruises wildlife adventures include birdwatching, croc spotting and unforgettable sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Ferryman River Cruises have lots of room, flat bottom so it's stable and easy wheelchair accessible. While on the cruise, enjoy heaps of snacks (fruit platters, cakes, nibbles, etc), complimentary wine, tea coffee and a full galley and fridge full of COLD drinks. Have heaps of fun with theme nights and the best sunsets in the world.

Enjoy a sunset cruise with Croc and Crab Tours in Karumba, on the Gulf of Carpentaria.Croc and Crab Tours will surprise you with the excitment of an outback-by-the-sea adventure, in Karumba, Australia.CROC AND CRAB TOURS
Mobile 0428 496 026 / Fax (07) 4745 9001

Experience an exciting adventure!

If you'd like to experience an exciting adventure, or just kick back and enjoy a relaxing and peaceful tour on board our spacious luxury vessel, then Croc and Crab Tours have something for you.

Croc and Crab Tours operate both half day tours as sunset tours. Take a Croc and Crab Day Tour on the luxury 10 metre vessel, and experience the excitement of an outback-by-the-sea adventure. Half day tours include live crab pot lifting, live crab handling and crab tying and both croc and bird spotting. Or take a peaceful and relaxing Croc and Crab Sunset Tour, and watch the sky and sea turn into fire while you kick back on board this luxury vessel. Enjoy a free wine glass, fresh cooked Gulf prawns, a tropical fruit platter and refreshments on both tours.

Phone (07) 4745 9275
Kerry D Fishing Charters operates half and full day fishing charters in Karumba, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Also sightseeing and sunset cruises by arrangement.

148 Yappar Street, Phone (07) 4745 9359.
The Barramundi Discovery Centre is located in what's believed to be one of the first of its type in Queensland, a barramundi farm in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Barramundi Discovery Centre in Karumba includes interactive displays, videos and guided tours around the hatchery.

Near the entrance of the town, Karumba Point offers fantastic views over the Gulf of Carpentaria. Both photographers, taken aback by the scenery with mangroves in the foreground and the waters of the Gulf disappearing to the horizon, and fishermen, able to catch Barramundi, will be delighted.

Visitors to the area will surely enjoy these two days of fishing competitions. Competitions will be held at different levels, so if you enjoy this sport, don't miss the opportunity of catching a barramundi, a king salmon or a grunter.

See our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS CALENDAR for details of this and other regular events in the region.


Karumba holiday accommodation ranges from spacious, family friendly holiday homes to comfortable self contained beachfront holiday units. There is an award winning motel, a number of caravan parks and campgrounds, some with cabins and villas, and there is also a resort on nearby Sweers Island. Scroll down or use the buttons in the right hand column to choose your style of Karumba accommodation.


Yappar Street, Karumba
Phone (07) 4745 9121 or (07) 4745 9143


26 Palmer Street, Karumba
Phone (07) 4745 9599
Spacious self contained apartments feature separate ensuites, resort style timber furniture and air- conditioning. Winner of Hotel Motel and Accommodation Association's 2007 Queensland Awards for Excellence - 4 star Outback motel

Sweers Island
Phone (07) 4748 5544 / Fax (07) 4748 5644
There are three cabins with three single beds, one four-bed cabin, one two-bed cabin and two cabins each with six single beds. There is a separate toilet and shower block.


Pilots Rest Holiday House offers completely private stand alone Karumba Point Accommodation.Pilots Rest holiday home is a traditional Queenslander, offering family accommodation in Karumba.PILOTS REST HOLIDAY HOUSE
48-50 Col Kitching Drive, Karumba Point
Phone (07) 4745 9024
Mobile 0427 459 024

Private accommodation for up to ten people!

Pilots Rest Holiday House offers completely private stand alone Karumba Point Accommodation. Pilots Rest is a traditional Queenslander, nestled in lush vibrant tropical gardens, with great views. The accommodation is suitable for families, groups and fisher person, with space for up to 10 people.

Close to Beach, Boat ramp, Tavern and Shops. Fully Self contained and Spacious. Air Con & Fans. TV, Video, Dvd, Swimming Pool, Full Kitchen and Laundry, BBQ, Fish cleaning Facilities & Freezer, for your catch. FOR BOOKINGS, Contact ALAN or KERRY BRENNAN.

Jay Seas Holiday Units offer absolute beachfront accommodation in Karumba, in Far North Queensland's outback.Jay Seas Holiday Units features self-contained accommodation catering for everybody.JAY SEAS HOLIDAY UNITS
30 Palmer Street, Karumba (MAP)
Phone (07) 4745 9414

The only holiday units with absolute beachfront!

Jay Seas Holiday Units are owner-operated, offering absolute beachfront self contained accommodation, close to all the amenities and facilities Karumba offers. The accommodation consists of three fully self-contained ground level units set among tropical landscaped gardens. Each unit a large open living area, a queen bed and two single beds, a four burner stove and all the necessary utensils. All linen is supplied. All units feature ensuite bathrooms, are air conditioned, and have fans.

Jay Seas Holiday Units features a salt water pool, beachside communal barbecue area as well as fish cleaning and freezing facilities. After a hard days fishing or enjoying the area, you can relax watching sensational sunsets from The Balcony or from the pool overlooking the Gulf Of Carpentaria.

Stay at Gee-Dee's Family Cabins Karumba Point, Far North Queensland, and enjoy the Gulf of Carpentaria famous sunsets.Gee-Dee's Family Cabins offers clean and modern accommodation in Karumba Point, Far North Queensland.
27 Palmer Street, Karumba (MAP)
Phone (07) 4745 9433

Affordable accommodation by the Norman River!

Your stay will be in a family owned and operated, motel like, cabins that offer you the latest in modern, clean, air conditioned rooms. The property features seven fully self-contained cabins with ensuite and two fully self-contained units with ensuite. There's a large spa and a barbecue area

The cabins are popular with both the business and leisure travellers. This accommodation is located at Karumba Point the entrance of the Norman River into the Gulf of Carpentaria, famous for its sunsets.

Sharon and Jeff welcome you to Gee-Dee's Family Cabins at Karumba Point, affordable family-style, couples or fisherperson accommodation on the Gulf of Carpentaria at the mouth of the Norman River. The whole mood is relaxed as travellers, fishermen, birdwatchers and locals gather in the late afternoon to enjoy the 'million dollar sunset' across the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Palmer Street, Karumba
Phone (07) 4745 9132 / Fax (07) 4745 9678
At Ash's you have a choice of spacious open plan, fully self contained units or apartments as well as attractive self contained cabins. The guest facilities include a sparkling saltwater swimming pool, full laundry facilities, guests' freezer, bbq and lawn area with seating.

2 The Esplanade, Kurumba Point
Phone (07) 4745 9502
Gone Fishin Holiday Units offer two styles of accommodation: two smaller units which would suit a couple, a couple with one child, or two singles, and five larger units are more suitable for a group.

62 Yappar Street, Karumba
Phone (07) 4747 6500 / Fax (07) 4745 9319
Are you looking for a place to enjoy a leisurely few days or a week where you can go fishing or just relax around the pool, we have the ideal spot for you. Matilda's End has 10 units to choose from, ranging from one bedroom to two and three bedroom family units.


Yappar Street, Karumba
Phone (07) 4745 9148

Karumba Point Road, Karumba
Phone (07) 4745 9306 / Fax (07) 4745 9238

Palmer Street, Karumba
Phone (07) 4745 9277 / Fax (07) 4745 9480
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Yappar Street, Karumba
Phone (07) 4745 9121 or (07) 4745 9143

Karumba Road, Karumba
Phone (07) 4745 9100


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Rent a car through Cairns Unlimited and enjoy Tropical North Queensland at your own pace.Karumba is nine or ten hours driving time along Highway 1 from Cairns. Of course, it would be a shame to do this drive without exploring a little along the way. We especially recommend a stop at the unique UNDARA LAVA TUBES and of course take your time and enjoy the diverse nature and typical North Queensland atmosphere of the ATHERTON TABLELANDS. Not everybody will be up for the challenge - and this part of the country does provide its share of challenges - but we believe that the grandeur and vastness of the Northern Outback can be best experienced form behind the wheel of your own vehicle. For the freedom and flexibility to explore at your own pace, please visit our CAR HIRE page. Simply fill out our obligation free enquiry form, and we will get back to you - usually the next working day - with the best deal on a a rental car, four wheel drive or campervan to suit your needs.

Road trains are a common sight on the outback roads of Tropical North Queensland.Major roads in the region are sealed, but there are a number of unsealed roads. Before travelling, be sure to check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS. Care should be taken when travelling on roads within this remote region of the Northern Outback, as numerous ROAD TRAINS ply the highways.

Karumba is also serviced by local tour operators, as part of a longer outback experience. To view the range of tours available, please visit our OUTBACK TOURS page.

.Savannah Aviation offers charter flight to many destinations in the Outback and in North Queensland. SAVANNAH AVIATION
Phone (07) 4745 5177 / Fax (07) 4745 5211
Freecall 1800 455 445

Servicing North QLD and the Northern Territory!

Savannah Aviation offers charter flights to many destinations in the Outback and around North Queensland.

* Alice Springs * Tenant Creek * Burketown * Mornington Island * Doomadgee * Lawn Hill * Century Zinc Mine * Mt Isa * Camooweal * Normanton * Karumba * Katherine * Townsville * Cairns * Borroloola * Robinson River * Merlin Mine * Argyle Mine * Katherine * Darwin *

Savannah Aviation are also available for scenic flights over many of the magnificent sights of our Northern Outback and Gulf region.

Savannah Aviation offers charter flight to many destinations in the Outback and in North Queensland.Savannah Aviation offers charter flight to many destinations in the Outback and in North Queensland, including Mount Isa, Normanton, Karumba, Townsville and Cairns.

Trans North Bus and Coach offers a route from Cairns to Karumba, stopping in many of the outback towns along the way. These towns include Undara, Mount Surprise, Georgetown, Croydon and Normanton. The route leaves Cairns every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6.30am and gets to Karumba at 6.00pm. The eastbound route then leaves Karumba on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6.30am and arrives in Cairns at 6.15pm.

The Gulflander, also known as the 'tin hare'.Karumba is not linked by rail, except to nearby Normanton, on the historic 'Gulflander'. The Gulflander, or 'tin hare' as it is known, only connects Normanton and Croydon, rattling its way between the two towns once a week, leaving Normanton on Wednesdays at 8:30am and departing Croydon at 8:30 Thursday morning. The ride takes four and a half hours

One of most popular attractions in Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef.

Burketown is a tiny gulf outback town that proudly proclaims itself to be 'Australia's Barramundi Capital'. The town is very laid back with a very diverse cultural mix. You're sure to meet some real characters... Click to visit our Burketown page. Karumba is quite literally the end of the road; a small town of about 700 people, where the wide Normanton River meets the Gulf of Carpenteria. It's a friendly place, relaxed but still a little bit wild. Click to visit our Karumba page. Located close to the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Normanton is the major commercial centre of Carpentaria Shire, and is the northern terminal for Australia's most remote railway, the Gulflander. Click to visit our Normanton page. When gold was discovered in Croydon in 1885, the town went through an overnight boom and became one of the biggest towns in Queensland. What once was a bustling centre is today a quiet town with a very interesting past worth exploring. Click to visit our Croydon page. Nowadays, Georgetown is a sleepy little town but still is well serviced and a major point for visitors taking in the spectacular scenery and history of Australia's northern outback. Click to visit our Georgetown page. Undara Volcanic National parks is one of the highlights of Tropical North Queensland, and is less than 100 kilometres from Mount Garnet. Click to visit our Undara page. Described as the Oasis of the Outback - a luminous vision on the horizon for travellers coming from all directions - Mount Isa lies among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the borders of the Leichhardt River. Click to visit our Mount Isa page. Cloncurry is known as the friendly heart of the great north west because it is a welcome crossroads with a sparkling community spirit. Click to visit our Cloncurry page. Home to the Julia Creek dunnart, Julia Creek is packed with social and sporting events all year round, including the Dirt and Dust Festival or the Dunnart Bush Festival, both a major feature of the town's lifestyle. Click to visit our Julia Creek page. The town of Richmond has been recognised as one of the most attractive outback towns in Queensland, awarded with the title of Australia's Tidiest Town 2001 in the 'Keep Australia Beautiful' awards. Click to visit our Richmond page. There are many attractions around Hughenden, with gemfields, mountainous volcanic basalt country, sweeping black soil plains rich in fossils. Oh, the town is surrounded by four National Parks. Click to visit our Hughenden page. Charters Towers is a scenic gold mining city with proud heritage and history, a perfect example of the real Australia, surorunded by sprawling cattle stations and intensely coloured sunsets. Click to visit our Charters Towers page. Cairns is a tourist Mecca, and one of the most popular travel destinations in Australia. Click to visit our Cairns page. Townsville is the largest city in Tropical North Queensland, a bustling cosmopolitan city, and the stepping off point to popular Magnetic Island. Click to visit our Townsville page. Map of the Northern Outback region of Tropical North Queensland. Click on a destination to visit that particular page. The view to the Gulf of Carpentaria, from Karumba.
Fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria, off the coast of Karumba.


In case of emergency only, dial 000. In all other cases, phone the local service for Karumba:

Ambulance (07) 4745 9322 or 131233
Health Centre (07) 4745 9137
Police (07) 4745 9120
Fire&Rescue (07) 4745 9163 or (07) 4745 9218
State Emergency Service (07) 4745 9263 or (07) 4745 9145