Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Great Australian Road Views #1045

The Gulf Hats near Karumba QLD
7 Nov 2014 | From Johanna of Australia

Karumba is a town in the Gulf Country region of Queensland, Australia. The settlement was previously known as Norman Mouth and Kimberely. Karumba was used by the local aborigines to describe the place. This name was officially used for the township by the 1880s.

Karumba is a fishing town. The town's economy revolves largely around fishing. Karumba is sited at the mouth of the Norman River, and enjoys the distinction of being the only town along the southern Gulf of Carpentaria that is within sight of the Gulf itself. Karumba's existence is connected to the simple fact that it is on the banks of the river and it is set on sand ridges which allow direct access to the river and the sea.

The journey to the town from Normanton passes over an area of very flat Gulf Country. The land is alive with birdlife and it is common to see flocks of cranes and brolgas feeding beside the road.

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