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Karumba - Carpentaria Shire

Welcome to the Karumba community website  

Here we have information, links to community and other organisations in our local area and wider region.  

This site also provides a snapshot of our history, what's happening in and around and gives a taste of our outback by the sea life...come see for yourself....

< Sunsets present daily opportunities for great photographs and memorable experiences

Karumba Weather Link

Just use this link to get information on Karumba weather - thanks to Carpentaria Shire Council


For fishing and boating guidelines, fishing size and bag limits and regulations click here -  and very importantly as of 1st September there have been changes to the regulations and guidelines so here is a link......




It's on again - over the weekend of 4th, 5th and 6th October

All about fun, family and fishing in the Gulf

The Basics So Far..........
- Nominations - Friday 4th October - 11am to 8pm at Karumba Lodge Hotel and 6pm to 8pm at the Sunset Tavern
- Nominations - Saturday 5th October - 7am to 11am - Event Weigh In area (to be notified - NOTE - nominations close promptly at 11am on the Saturday)
- Fishing officially commences 3pm Friday 4th October

- Weigh in opens Saturday 5th October at 7am through to 4pm

- and Sunday 6th October from 7am to 4pm - CLOSE OF WEIGH IN PROMPTLY at 4PM


- $10,000 prize purse for Tagged Barra - the tagged barra is released a few days prior to the Fishing Classic
- Cash prize purse for Senior Nomination draw - and lots of ways to be a winner even if you don't wet a line...
Fun for family, friends and ways to be involved and win from ages 0 to 90+
Nomination packages will be available to download or email from 20th September for all those wanting to be in the draw for EARLY BIRD NOMINATIONS
- all fees must be paid and forms lodged no later than 5pm on Wednesday 2nd October for ALL EARLY BIRD NOMINATION entries
Lots more details to this space as they say!



Already growing as an iconic experience on your journey through the Gulf - the new Barramundi Discovery Centre opened officially in May 2019 has something for everyone, all ages - check it out!

We would love to receive photos, images, news items, event notices etc - to put up on the site across the year - send to 


There are some great short videos of areas in, around and of the Gulf Savannah region - just do some searches on You Tube.   There are a number of these short videos and they really are great to watch done by Gulf Savannah Development - even for a local!  Help us promote these videos by telling all your friends about them and our wonderful region - "Adventurous by Nature" - that's the Gulf.



Karumba Swimming Pool and Waterpark

Karumba has an amazing waterpark and public swimming pool located right beside the Civic Centre/Library and Sports Centre which includes a small gym area.  Make sure you get along and make a splash while in town


We have lots of people interested in Karumba's interesting tides - for most of the time - only 1 tide a day - if you are interested in finding out why then try this link:-

A Question of Tides


Some more great links for information - 

Carpentaria Shire Council - check this site for local wet season road conditions or go to 131940

Matilda Way - a drive trail from Cunnamulla to Karumba

Savanna Way - a drive trail from Cairns to Broome

Gulf Chamber of Commerce

Gulf Savannah Development


Magpie Geese flock to the area every wet season - the diverse birdlife includes marine, savannah, predatory,
parrots, migratory and more - a bird watchers mecca.  

 The Gulf Barramundi Restocking Association is a not for profit group originally established through the commercial fishing industry - to ensure future fish stocks and sustainability for industry and recreational fishing into the future.  From the 70's through to just a few years ago the hatchery and interpretive/tourism operation was owned and run by the Association.  In recent years there have been significant changes with the Carpentaria Shire Council now owning and operating the hatchery and building the brand new Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre. 

The restocking group is 100% volunteer based and continues a key partnership role holding and implementing the permits for releasing any and all fingerlings into the river/water systems of the Norman River.  The GBRA also holds all the permits for holding barramundi at the hatchery and in the Barramundi Discovery Centre for the purpose of breeding and education - thus a positive and productive future for sustainability and fish for a fishing future.  For any other information it is suggested to contact Carpentaria Shire Council. 




Barramundi Restocking activities in the Norman River 

Click here for pictures and information   









Let's go exploring..........

There are various heritage/history signs all around Karumba town and Karumba Point - check out the map below with all the yellow dotted and numbered locations - or pop into the Visitor Information Centre - located at the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre and pick up a map of your own....  






A great way to get moving, see the sights and enjoy your day....the dotted line is the walking track and is about 3.5km long...make sure you have water, sun protection, hat etc - and have a camera handy - you never know what you might see....