Normanton to Karumba
15.07.2014 - 17.07.2014 25 °C
In the campground at Normanton a generator was running all night, very bright lights shone through the tent, my air bed deflated, I hardly slept. From now on we’ll pre-book. No more making this trip up as we go and risking towns being booked out!
Just north of Normanton is Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria, where we’ve never been so why not go there? We were waiting outside Normanton Tourist Information at 9.00, and were able to book a room at the Gone Fishin’ Motel by the Gulf of Carpentaria in Karumba which the Normanton tourist info guy recommended. After bacon’n’eggs for breakfast at the most promising looking of the two places open, we crossed the Norman River heading for the Gulf. Almost immediately things looked up as we passed a flock of Brolgas grazing in a paddock.
We liked Gone Fishin’ (quiet, roomy, friendly, low-key) and Karumba with it’s lovely warm winter weather so much that we opted to stay three nights there. We had good wifi on our verandah, each evening we could amble over the quiet street to the pub where you could sit and watch the sun set over the sea and there was a great restaurant around the corner which served Barramundi and chips on butcher’s paper.
We visited the Barramundi Discovery Centre where Barramundi are bred to restock local waterways. Feeding sardines to the large and hungry females was fun and we didn’t lose any fingers, only got soaked. We also went on a Ferryman bird-watching cruise among the mangroves. Only four other people went, and one of them was “Chook”, who is a real expert and great at calling up the species you want to see. We saw Red-headed Honeyeaters and White-breasted Whistlers as well as Jabiru, and nesting Ospreys and Brahminy Kites.
There was wildlife everywhere, but it was a bit startling when a metre long Tree Snake slithered under my table while I was blogging. At the time I didn't realise it was harmless, but did remember to stay still anyway - just!