Reached from Normanton along a 70km sealed stretch of cracked, burning saltpan, patrolled by saurus cranes and jabiru storks, KARUMBA sits near the mouth of the Norman River. Karumba comprises two areas – central Karumba itself, and Karumba Point, 10km downstream by the estuary, overlooking mudflats and mangroves along the river mouth where it meets the Gulf’s open seas. The town mostly survives on prawn trawling and fishing, though a major landmark is the huge sheds storing slurry from the zinc mine near Lawn Hill Gorge; the slurry is fed through pipes to Karumba, then dried and shipped overseas for refining. Declining stocks of barramundi in the Gulf have inspired the opening of the Barramundi Discovery Centre, which raises fish for release into the wild; during a one-hour tour you have the chance to hand-feed them and learn about their regeneration.
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