Karumba was on our “places bucket list”. W were not too sure what we’d find here but “just had to have a look”. Not disappointed at all with our choice.
In 1937 Karumba became a refueling point for Qantas and BOAC flying boats travelling from Australia to London. During World War II the town was an RAAF base for Catalinas flying into New Guinea, Timor and Indonesia. Parts of the infrastructure still exist today.
It was a wild old town back in the 1970’s when there were over 40 prawning trawlers operating from Karumba. The local pub was known as the Animal Bar which was pretty wild. They say that everything had to be bolted down even the ashtrays, so it couldn’t be used in the many pub brawls that occurred there. Today it is still home to extensive prawn, mud crab and the barramundi fishing fleets.
Karumba Caravan Park
There were 2 main choices for caravan parks in Karumba – Karumba Point Tourist Park OR Karumba Sunset Caravan Park (over the road from the Sunset Tavern) – maplink. We selected the 1st one as we’d heard a lot of bad reports about the sunset one, which we soon discovered were incorrect. Well there’s always a chance of staying there on our next trip.
Karumba Sunsets at the Tavern
There’s one place that you must pay a visit to experience an awesome sunset and that’s The Sunset Tavern (Facebook). We paid two visits to the pub to experience the sunset and each time stayed to experience their mouth watering grilled Barramundi.
- Caravan Park – pretty dusty park with lots of “rules”
- Cost per night – $39.00
- Facilities – clean but pretty outdated
- CP Location – have to drive about 3 kms into town
- Our rating/score – 6/10
- Was it a nice town to visit?- yes – a bucket list item ticked off ✅
- Activities & places of interest – plenty to do but you have to look around for it
- Would we return? – no – been there & done that but still totally recommend it as a must do location
- Overall Score – 8/10
- Summing up – Loved our stay here and made some really great friends too.