Welcome to Carpentaria Shire – where the Outback meets the Sea. Carpentaria Shire is located on the Savannah Way in North Western Queensland in the south eastern region of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The region is uniquely placed to offer residents and visitors opportunities and experiences in lifestyle, holidays, employment and investment opportunities. Carpentaria Shire has a friendly, laid-back lifestyle and is a place where children still ride their bikes down to the river to go fishing after school without parents having to worry as they would in the larger towns and cities.
Carpentaria Shire is the traditional country of the Gkuthaarn, Kukatj and Kurtijar people. The Shire covers an area of approximately 65,000 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 2,200 with the countryside ranging from vast inland plains to mangrove forests, deltas and saltpans along the coastal areas of the Gulf.
Carpentaria Shire has a diverse industry base with agriculture, fishing, mining and tourism and government administration providing the majority of the Shire's income. Normanton is the region's government and administrative centre with much of the Shire's commercial activity coming through Karumba which has an active port based around export of zinc and lead and live cattle to Asia and a substantial fishing industry which targets prawns, barramundi, Spanish Mackerel, salmon and mud crabs. (Gulf Savannah Development) The region offers good infrastructure and facilities with sealed access roads, well-serviced airports, developed freight routes, primary and secondary schools, medical services, recreational and sporting facilities and the standard infrastructure to be expected in a modern community.
Carpentaria Shire Council's Vision is "Experience Carpentaria Shire - a great place to live, work, invest and relax". Whether you want to visit Carpentaria Shire, have a specific question about Council's services, or you are thinking about a permanent move we welcome your inquiry and look forward to being of service to you.
"The recent drought conditions experienced in the Gulf of Carpentaria have highlighted the issue of a low degree of security of water supply for Normanton and Karumba."
"In order to meet current demands, cater for future growth & provide a more secure water supply that makes provision for drought periods, it is necessary that additional water yield be accessed."
Reviews of the Normanton & Karumba Water Supply Options Study have been completed. To view the documents, please follow the below links:
There are two seasons in the Carpentaria Shire region; The 'Dry' season and the 'Wet' season.
The 'Dry' season (or Winter), between the months of April to September, is characterised by little to no rainfall with mild to warm conditions.
Carpentaria Shire has switched to Digital TV and is available in both Normanton and Karumba. Following the installation the contractor conducted field testing to ensure that adequate signal is received throughout both townships.
Please view our Digital Television - General Reception Issues Handout if you are having and reception issues.