Karumba is located on the Gulf of Carpentaria 536km east of the Northern Territory border and finds the Gulf Track complete. Recreational fishing for Barramundi is the main activity here and the small town is flooded with tourists during the dry season (May to September).
Due to the significant number of fishermen visiting the area and catching Barramundi a government funded barramundi hatchery has been established to restock the Gulf waterways. The Barramundi Discovery Centre on Yappar Street in town is very informative, interesting and worth visiting to learn about these elusive fish so adored in the north. Learn about the breeding process, extraordinary gender traits, fishing restrictions and seize the opportunity to feed one of these impressive creatures.
After learning about the local Barramundi you’ll be anxious to throw a line in. Boat owners can launch their vessels from either the town centre or the point. If you’re not travelling with a boat there are plenty of boat hire options and fishing charters available in the area. Good land-based fishing is from the beach at the Point.
Karumba Point is only a couple of km's from town. Not only is the fishing good here but so is the Sunset Tavern located right on the foreshore. What a way to wind down after a big day out fishing, watching the sunset, enjoying refreshments and comparing fishing and holiday experiences with like-minded travellers.
There are 3 caravan parks here to accommodate visiting tourists. Gulf Country Caravan Park is in the town centre and Sunset Caravan Park and Karumba Point Tourist Park are located at the point. It is highly recommended to book ahead if your schedule permits as these parks are extremely busy during the high season.
Compared to most of the remote Gulf towns this one has reasonably priced shops and taverns and a good variety at that. So if you are planning to stay a while and join the “Barramundi Bonanza” rest assured your hard earned dollars will stretch that extra bit further.
The Barramundi high radiates here and you just have to have a go. If you’re lucky enough to catch one of these fish good for you, but be aware that the stocks are diminishing and there are rules and regulations to be adhered to. Also take note that Barramundi over 80cm are close to or already are breeders. “Catch and release” is the way to go with these big fish. You’ll still have that impressive photo for your fishing memorabilia album and you’ll be assisting in retaining sufficient Barramundi stock for future recreational fishing. A good barramundi fishing motto advertised at the local hatchery is “Enjoy the fishing but take only what you need and leave some for others.”