Darwin Via the Gulf June/July 2013 "Day 6"

Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 20:11

D-Max Dave

Darwin Via the Gulf June/July 2013 Day 621/06/13
Second day in Karumba, we headed off this morning to do some fishing at the mouth of the river near the launching ramp.
There's not a lot of beach as such around Karumba Point, the shore line north of the boat ramp for a couple of K's is a combination of mud, sand and massive flat rock sections that appear to be made entirely of shell (see photo) , after that the mangroves start.
We ended up catching a couple of good size Bony Bream, lost a fair few sinkers and hooks on the snags in the process though but it was good fun.
Lots of people fish the shores around here, but many many more fish from boats.
The residents at the CP all seem to fish and catch a lot of fish, so much so that they are always giving it away, we were given three lots of fresh fish in one day so fish was on the menu for us.
We spent the afternoon just looking around, stocking up on supplies and packing some gear up, later in the evening we went to the World Famous Ash's Fish And Chips and got some Barra and chips to have on the beach front, the fish is very nice, a little pricey but worth it I guess.
Don't buy your takeaway grog over the bar at the Sunset Tavern, it very expensive, the place to go is in the main street of Karumba itself, there is a pub there with a bottle shop window facing the road, much cheaper, we stocked up there cause we don't know what its going to be like at Adels Grove and beyond.
Karumba was an interesting place, I think I would visit again, maybe even stay a little longer, but if fishing is not your scene two nights is probably enough.
I would also stay at the Kurumba Point CP again, the staff were friendly and helpful, the amenities although a bit old were clean, its a short drive, or a long walk to the tavern and boat ramp.
Also the resident park population made up mostly of older fisher people were very nice and keen to chat, mainly about fishing.
Tomorrow we head off to Addles Grove, we still haven't decide wether we are going the route that is almost entirely dirt from Normanton, or stay on the tar going via Burke Wills Roadhouse and then dirt from Gregory Downs, might talk to some locals at Normanton in the morning and see what they say.

Dave T
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