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    • Day887

      Karumba

      September 7, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Today we travelled all the way to Karumba. It is probably the only time we are able to see the ocean before Darwin. We enjoyed the sunset and a couple of beers before going south tomorrow. In around four to five days time we hopefully arrive in Mataranka in the Northern Territory.

      Heute ging es bis zur Küste nach Karumba. Es ist wohl das einzige Mal das wir das Meer sehen können bevor wir Darwin erreichen. Den Abend konnten wir bei ein paar Bier direkt am Meer ausklingen lassen. Ab morgen geht es dann so richtig los mit der Fahrerei. Fast 2000km warten auf uns bis Mataranka im Northern Territory wo wir hoffentlich in 4-5 Tagen ankommen.
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    • Day16

      Karumba

      May 6, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      We spent 4 nights in Karumba, staying at the Karumba Point Service Station. This is a lovely little park our site was on the edge of a little lagoon. We spent our days staring out at the water and a little fishing. It is a great way to relax. We went to the Sunset Tavern to watch the sunset over the water, magnificent. We went to dinner at the Anchorage Bar and Grill and had the seafood tower. OMG
      We would definitely go back.
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      How good is that and how creative you are. Looks like a great time being had. So jealous... [Sonja]

      5/11/21Reply
      Traveler

      Wow those colours!!!! :)

      5/11/21Reply

      beautiful! ... sharing with my team as well. nice hair cut by the way, Petula. [Naoko]

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    • Jul15

      Karumba bird watching tour

      July 15, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Up early this morning for a cruise along the Norman River, in the hope of seeing birds in the edges of the river. We had to wait about half an hour for stragglers who were not clearly understanding where the boat left. We were not positive ourselves.

      Off we went with a decent history lesson. This was a Catalina base for a short time during WW2. The zinc refinery and even a scuttled boat were points of interest. There were Black Kites circling around and visiting the boat for a fish treat.

      Soon we nosed into the mangroves at various points to observe many small birds. Red headed Honeyeater were plentiful and a few yellow silver eyes. Robins, mangrove fantail and a Herron were seen. Pam photgraphed these and more but sadly I was often too close to use my binoculars.

      It was a quite interesting tour with an enthusiastic group of birders.

      The GPS track runs a bit after we finished because I forgot to turn it off. I also had forgotten to turn it on immediately we started the tour, but you can see where we went in the boat.
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    • Jul17

      Normanton Rail

      July 17, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Today we are having a short rail trip out to Critters Camp, from Normanton.

      HISTORY OF THE NORMANTON RAILWAY STATION
      ** Info from the sign **

      Original construction of the railway began in 1888 with the line being completed in 1891. The line was originally proposed because of the copper mining industry in Cloncurry and also the cattle industry. The only way the copper was able to be transported to the port of Normanton was bullock and dray. This transport was only possible when the roads were dry enough for the heavy drays to be towed and there had to be enough feed and water available for the teams to eat & drink on their way. Because of this, the cost of transport was very expensive. But that all changed when gold was discovered at Croydon.

      The Normanton-Croydon line was then constructed under the supervision of Mr George Phillips, an engineer and advocate of the Gulf Country. He designed and patented the steel sleepers used on the line. Interestingly, they are hollow based and packed with mud, avoiding the need for ballast material in the track. This low cost railway was also designed to be submersible, allowing flood waters and debris to flow over the line, leaving it intact when the water subsides.

      Today, over one hundred and twenty years since the start of the construction most of the original steel sleepers are still in place.

      The original service consisted of five, first and second class passenger carriages and fifty assorted freight wagons. The last steam locomotive ran in 1929, but the first railmotor was introduced in 1922 for the services with little freight.
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    • Day311

      Karumba point tourist park

      July 23 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Small town well known for fishing barramundi!
      Visited the barramundi centre, spent the night at beach watching some incredible sunsets, watching the sky turn too bright red.

      Out fishing on the boat for the day caught nothing but got too see a heap of wildlife dolphins turtles dugong and a croc!Read more

    • Day4

      Croydon to Karumba

      June 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      An easy drive today with a stop in Normanton for fuel and banking. Lots of roos out grazing on the sides of the road and cattle crossing. Good to see a couple of solar farms being developed in the area. Food is very expensive - dry goods such as rice and flour are kept refrigerated. Visited the Barramundi Information Centre and the port where David used to do the veterinary inspections for live cattle exports. Of course we ran into someone David knew from Bundaberg. All the caravan parks seem to have a free book exchange or donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service :) Apparently it is much quieter than usual at this time of year. It got to 28 today but a nice breeze. Watched the sun set over the water - the war memorial is a slouch hat.Read more

    • Day13

      Sunset Caravan Park Kurumba Point

      August 14, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Stopover.
      Tavern awesome, relaxed with take away and pokies.
      Diesel $165/litre
      $81 fill up.
      Laundry, toilets really nice and clean.
      Clothes lines.
      WiFi free but only at entertainment centre.

    • Day354

      Karumba Hotel

      July 19, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 30 °C

      Arrived in Karumba to surprise Aunty Beryl & Uncle Pete and while driving up to the caravan park, we were amazed at the amount of Brolgas just wondering around the roads. Just taking their time. As we pulled up to our site, we got the usual onlookers to see who was arriving and how good they can park their van. Well there they stood watching and as we hung our heads out the window, the response was "you two bloody buggers, what are you doing here?" Might I add that the park staff were most helpful in improving our reversing skills. We stayed for 6 nights and enjoyed the highlights of the Park entertainment, from Bingo to Singalongs, Park cook-ups of the local fish of course, (free for all) we went to the School fete and the Karumba market, which was outside the local pub. Now that looked interesting with it's shady trees and outdoor beer garden. We decided to return later for a meal and watch the sunset. Picked up a bargain on a clothing clearance. They had the usual nuts, socks, bric a brac, wood turned items and fishing gear. Well there was no need for us to buy fishing gear. We often get asked if we like to fish but our reply is, "We both have a fishing rod, which we take on holidays, everywhere we go. Never been used." Not sure they will make it on our next trip.
      We returned later in anticipation of the sunset. You know how you have a vision in head of how it's going to be. It was well worth the effort. The colors from golden yellows to deep reds and crimsons showing through the clouds changing patterns as they drifted into the night. It was spectacular and the food and wine was good.
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    • Day58

      Karumba until Sunset

      June 14, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      This is where “the Outback meets the sea”.
      Only a stones throw from Normanton but there is a gulf of difference. Big cowboy hats are swapped for costal fisher person vibe.
      There are still too many really ugly fishing shirts - but - that’s a first world problem. At first I thought ‘Nomads were to blame, but these walking billboard fisherman are a 40-55 year old blokes. Someone out here has a shirt printing business who is making a killing, resulting in lots of big fish eyes watch us on the streets.

      The towns story is one of innovation and survival. It looks like it is doing pretty well right now despite several periods of dire straights in its history. Presently fishing is huge, Barramundi and prawns in particular. There is also a very large livestock shipping depot (cattle). And tourism 🥴
      Did you know, that the Gulf only has one low tide every 24 hours. The proximity of New Guinea to The Cape prevents the normal tidal cycle that we see on the east coast. AND the difference between high and low tide levels can be as much as 30k. I don’t think I want to be here when that is happening.

      It’s 32.8 at Karumba. Sitting here with the breeze off the Gulf it feels yummy warm and cool at the same time.
      We are at the Sunset Tavern. Which is renowned for the sunsets (surprise) and mud crab meals.
      Sun still has 3 fingers before sunset so a sunset photo will follow. (It’s happy hour so here’s hoping I can manage a decent sunset photo)
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      Traveler

      Are there crocodiles on/near the beach there?

      6/14/21Reply
      Traveler

      Not tonight happily with about 10 kids playing on the beach. The Norman River comes to the sea just to the left of our view. They run Croc tours on that river.

      6/14/21Reply
      Traveler

      Your shirts aren’t that bad Ian! 🤪

      6/15/21Reply
       

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