Fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria

Trip Start Mar 07, 2011
Trip End Aug 28, 2011

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Where I stayed
Sunset Point Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, June 4, 2011

 The scenery on the drive from Mt Isa to Cloncury was magnificent. A signboard along the way boasts "the most amazing drive through Australia" not sure about that but it was a lovely drive.
We free camped at the Bang Bang roadside camp and had a great evening with the 4 others couples camping there.
The drive to Normanton was a bit hairy, the road was in a terrible condition due to the heavy rains.
Our next stay was Karumba. We had received both positive and negative reports about Karumba.
The first impression was that every house had at least one boat, the second was that the "Grey Nomads" had moved in.  We only saw one young family in the 3 days we were there.
Karumba itself was fairly ordinary but when we drove out to Karumba Point we decided that we would stay for a couple of days.
The caravan park we stayed in was just across the road from the boat ramp and every morning from about 6am you could hear the action begin. At one stage we counted 100 boat trailers in the parking area. Every camp in the park had a boat and a 4 wheel drive, apart from us, but we had our fishing rods and ended up with 18 good size bream for our stay.
The park has the best fish cleaning area, no matter what time of the day you went past somebody was cleaning fish.
We also had the best barra and chips that we have ever tasted at a little cafe along the river.
Karumba Point also had a Sunday market and we noticed that a lot of the couples from the camping ground had set up stalls selling jewellery, homemade greeting cards, jams, knitting etc. I think the women stayed home doing their craft while the guys went fishing, although one guy had "Cocktail hour tables" selling for $35, what a great idea, put a few together before you go on holidays and sell them at the weekly markets and that pays for your holiday.
Probably the most amazing thing about Karumba was the the fact that we were actually fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It also meant that this would be the last time, for this trip, that we would see the sun set over the ocean. I can tell you it wasn't easy trying to hold the fishing rod and capture the images of the most brilliant sunset.
Final word on Karumba, loved it and if you want to catch a fish go to Karumba.

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Tania on

Glad you enjoyed your stay at Karumba. Beautiful photos of the sunset. It will be a long trip back to the best barra and chips if you ever want them again.

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