Carolyn & Greg's Nomadic Adventures .../CanberratoCooktown_2013 travel blog

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Ore loading

Sunset van park Karumba Point

Gulf of Carpentaria

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Sunset at the Point ore transfer vessel Wunma

I'm outa' here

13th August

The Port of Karumba is located at the mouth of the Norman River in the south-east corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Port of Karumba has serviced remote Gulf communities since the late 1800s. The Century Mine started exporting zinc concentrate through the port in December 1999. The Port of Karumba was originally a refuelling and repair shop for the Empire floating Flying Boats and also supported a WW11 Catalina Flying Boat Base for the Royal Australian Air Force.

Zinc slurry is piped 304km to the port from the mine, dewatered and loaded onto a 5,000 tonne, fully enclosed transfer vessel for the 40 kilometre journey to the export ships that anchor in deep water in the Gulf of Carpentaria, about 24 nautical miles off the coast.

Karumba is the centre of the Gulfs prawning and Barramundi industries. Muttonhole Wetlands that extend inland for 30 kilometres, these meandering saltwater tidal estuaries are the habitat of saltwater crocodiles and bird species including pelicans, brolgas and black swans.

Our week at Karumba Point is coming to an end. Renowned for its outstanding fishing and picturesque sunsets over the the Gulf of Carpentaria. We have enjoyed lots of walks and visits in the afternoon from the Wallabies. Not a lot in the way of shops, a couple of supermarkets which sell takeaways. On Monday we enjoyed lunch at the Sunset Tavern, celebrating Blues birthday. People mainly come for the fishing and often spend the southern winters here. We have heard that the fishing has not been so good this year, there has been no wet season.

The temperatures have been in the 30's, but there has been a cooling breeze which is very welcome. The other morning the rare 'Morning Glory' blew through the park,blew for 5 minutes with some rain then it was gone. Not normally heard till September/ October.

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