Karumba is the only fully-sealed road access to the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline – making it a true Bucket List destination. Whether you are into fishing, photography, flora, fauna, seafood, adventure or just travelling seeing Australia – Karumba can surprise and capture your imagination. With the rich and colourful history and heritage from the early days of Burke & Wills, the discovery of prawns and start of a seafood industry, pastoral/cattle industry and mining – there’s a lot to find out about when you visit.
The must do is the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre in Karumba – opened in early 2019 – with a new hatchery facility for restocking Gulf Rivers and Waterways - there are a range of tours to delight, inform and enjoy as well as the option to just self walk through. Learn of the amazing lifecycle of the iconic Barramundi, or about our unusual 1 tide per day environment, let the kids explore the Centres special attractions and enjoy feeding the barra…
From Ash’s you can enjoy all that Karumba has to offer – the unique landscapes and beauty of the Savannah to the variety of bird and wildlife of the area. Karumba and the Gulf is home to the Morning Glory cloud, crocs and a variety of wildlife and marine life. Visit and explore Normanton – Krys the Croc, Burns Philp historic building which houses the Normanton Visitor Information Centre and fish the Norman River.
Staying at Ash’s, you are walking distance to everything – boat ramps, coastline/beach walks, bird watching hot spots, walking tracks, Sunset Tavern, supermarket, fuel and Karumba airport (we do free airport pickups for guests staying with us)
The Cairns to Karumba – Trans North Bus service operates 3 times weekly – coming out to Karumba on Monday – Wednesday and Friday – and returning the following day. Ash’s is the local booking agent for this service.
Rex Airlines now has flights from Cairns to Karumba on Tuesdays and flights back to Cairns on Thursdays plus their regular services into Normanton – we can organise transfers for Normanton with prior arrangement.
There are also hire cars available in Normanton.
By road you can travel across the Savannah Way from Cairns or from Burketown and then its only 70km from Normanton – or you can travel up from Cloncurry/Julia Creek via the Matilda Highway.
However you travel – cycling, motorbike, car, 4WD, caravan or other – take care on the roads – give up the road to trucks when safe to do so– and keep a keen eye out for wildlife – for instance around Karumba there are literally hundreds of small wallabies who line the roads around sunrise and sunset and through the evenings and arrive safe to enjoy all Karumba and the Gulf has to offer.