Karumba Outback of the SeaJune 6, 2017 in Australia
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Three relaxing days in Karumba at Sunset Caravan Park - apparently we have chosen the most expensive one, but it is right next to the boat ramp, and everything is clean and the kids have spent many hours in the pool. Rob had a thong emergency, and had to go shopping.
We have hit grey nomad city, though, and our dusty, canvas home well and truly stands out in a street of sparkly clean 4x4s and even sparklier clean houses on wheels! Some of the setups are mind blowing, but I do wonder sometimes how the senior citizens can drive such monsters around safely. (Apologies to all the grey nomads I know, excluding my parents, as they are adamant they are not yet in this demographic.)
Karumba is known for its amazing sunsets out over the Gulf of Carpentaria and we weren't disappointed. We created our own "Sunset Cruise", taking the tinny out late in the afternoon, lazily putted around the bay, caught a couple of nice bream and a grunter, then settled in to watch the sun set over the horizon.
Imagine us sailing off into the sunset, then turn us around and have us sailing away from the sunset back to shore. Then imagine our delight when a pod of dolphins joined us on the journey back in. Magic.
Our second sunset was from the shore, with a bottle of wine, our fish, a generous serving of hot chips and Rob's special treat - local fresh mud crab. I had heard a lot about northern Queensland mud crabs and I normally love crab (more than crayfish), so I was excited.
The crab came live, huge claws tied with bailing twine. Accompanying it were written instructions on how to prepare and cook it, and the 2 required measured portions of salt. Despite following the cooking instructions to the T, I was sadly underwhelmed. The others didn't seem to mind it, and it was a great experience regardless.
Our few days have been great, no reason to steer away from Karumba - Outback by the Sea.Read more