richoztrek: Richos trek oz 2013 travel blog




Me again -

Took off to Karumba today. It's the one town in the Gulf of Carpentaria that you can get to on sealed roads. We drove through Normanton on the way and it reminded us a lot of our old haunt, Cunnamulla - except for the massive but life-sized replica crocodile in the main street! Hard to believe its size, nevertheless we might be standing a little further back from croc water from now on.

We had heard that Karumba was a popular town at this time of year (southerners migrating north for winter) and, by jove, it's true! After hours of driving through not much and very little, we entered a very busy spot indeed. Fishing is BIG here. Bring your caravan and boat, set up, then go out fishing all day every day catching barra. Not us though - no boat and a renewed respect for crocs after Normanton...

We were pretty keen to try some of the famed crumbed fresh barra and chips for lunch though. We headed to the Sunset Tavern on the beach edge, but sadly they were all out of barra, sniff! Felt a bit let down about that one.

But what a glorious spot. And stunned to think that we are in the actual Gulf of actual Carpentaria. Never even considered coming here until this trip, but I'm so glad we made it. The sunsets are much praised in the guide books, and we were not disappointed. The water turns all different colours and even looks like sheets of whitest ice at one point. We took our packet pasta/ packet noodles dinner (yes, we are spoilt for choice) down to the beach and ate while watching the sun go down. We really thought things couldn't get much better than this! And then we were treated to the result of the kids concentration spans being exhausted on nature, their 'Japan Kung Fu Fighting Show' with full sunset special effects background. They do keep us rather grounded!

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