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Local Government

Carpentaria Shire is located in North Western Queensland, in the Gulf of Carpentaria.  The shire covers an area of 64 403 square kilometers and contains the towns of Normanton and Karumba.  "Outback by the Sea" is an accurate description of the landscape and area - with Karumba having the only full bitumen road access onto the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline anywhere long it's coastline.

Karumba, with a permanent population of approximately 600 has become a very popular tourist destination.  It offers world famous fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria and a wonderful laid back lifestyle.  So popular has Karumba become, especially with the 'grey nomads' that each year its population triples during the months of April-September, when the caravan parks are full to overflowing.

Council provides many services to the town of Karumba, including the State Emergency Service, communications, water, waste disposal, mosquito fogging and the various public facilities including:-

  • Karumba Library
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Council office located in the Karumba Civic Centre
  • Karumba Civic Centre itself 
  • Karumba Public Swimming Pool and Waterpark
  • Sports Centre including gym
  • Barramundi DIscovery Centre and hatchery
  • Walking Tracks, pontoons, boat ramps and more..

Council supports many community events in Karumba, including Australia Day, Anzac Day and the Karumba School Fete.  

Contact Details

Main Shire Office

29-33 Haig St


Normanton, QLD, 4890

Phone - 0747 452200

Or click here to go to the Council website for lots more information and contacts.