Things to see and do

Normanton

Normanton image

  • Get a photo with the most iconic landmark in Normanton, the immortalised 8.63m crocodile that hunter Krystina Pawlowski killed on the banks of the Norman River in 1957. This replica, life-size saltwater crocodile, boasts the status of the largest crocodile on record ever killed or captured in Australia.

    L.E.W. Henry Park, Landsborough Street, Normanton

    Krys the croc - Town walk

     

  • Not open to the public. Aboriginal tribes occupied much of the area along the north east side of the Norman River.

  • Normanton was the base of the North Australian Observer Unit and C Company during World War II when it became apparent the more defence lines were needed. The aerodrome was built on the site of the old racecorse and has an all weather landing strip.

  • Established in 1896, the Artesian Bore used to supply the town with up to 300.000 gallons of water per day.

  • Before the Norman Bridge was built, vehicles were ferried across the Norman River by punt. In the late 1880s, a winch type punt was used for several years before being replaced by a diesel operated punt.

  • The Carpentaria Divisional Board was constituted in 1883 and its chambers built seven years later in the style of hotels at the times.

  • Forged at the foundry in Croydon, in the early 1880s and with the inscription 'Normanton Municipal Council', these cast iron plates cover many of the gutters around town. Look in front of the Shire Council Building and down Landsborough Street towards the Burns Philp Building.

    Plates

  • In the 1890's Normanton became the main penal establishment for the entire Gulf region. The Goal has several cells with 18 inch walls and limited exercise yards. It was used as a watch house up until the 1990's when the present police station was built.

    Gaol 2

     

  • This single lane bridge, officially called The Captain WH Norman Bridge, was completed in 1966 to replace the punt which ferried vehicles across the Norman River. However faults detected in 2001 meant a reduced safe load limit and a new bridge was constructed.

  • The historic Railway Station is an architectural marvel that was once the focal point of the town. Tour the informative museum and the see the rolling stock or take an overnight trip on the famous Gulflander to Croydon.

    Check the website for details www.gulflander.com.au  

    Railway

     

     

  • This durable street guttering was made in the early 1880s from stone from the Normanton Quarry located behind the hospital. The gutters start at the Burns Philp Building and can be seen either side of Landsborough Street to the Westpac Bank.

    Gutters

  • The heritage-listed Burns Philp Building is the oldest surviving outpost and was constructed in 1884. It now hosts the Normanton Visitor Information Centre and Library, and the Indigenous Stock Workers and Rodeo Riders displays.

    Cnr Caroline and Landsborough Streets, Normanton

    Burns philp

     

     

  • Visit this stunning photographic display that captures the contribution, resilience and sheer hard work of the Aboriginal women who established the cattle industry in the Gulf Region. The display is located at the Normanton Visitor Information Centre, in the historic and heritage-listed Burns Philp building.

    Corner of Landsborough and Caroline Streets, Normanton

  • The Bynoe Arts Centre hosts contemporary and traditional Indigenous artists’ works and is a gathering space for artists. Take the opportunity to purchase a piece of artwork including hand-made ceramics, ghost net sculptures, paintings and clothing.

    85 Landsborough Street, Normanton

  • In the early days the shallow stretches of the Norman River were crossed by a corduroy crossing, a bridge built by placing logs alongside one another. Now replaced by a built up section of road, the logs of the old corduroy can still be seen. These days the area is a popular fishing spot.

  • From November to April, the Mutton Hole Wetlands return to life thanks to the monsoonal rain, attracting various species of birds to gather, breed, feed, and moult after dry season. Bring your binoculars to see brolgas, pelicans, ducks, sarus cranes, and jabirus in this beautiful landscape of mangroves and grassland. But be warned, a few crocodiles live here too.

    Located between Karumba and Normanton.

  • This simple two-roomed structure played an important role in the judicial system of Normanton. in 1874 indigenous males were employed by the police department as trackers. Singer Slim Dusty paid tribute to one of Normanton's most famous trackers in his song "Nardoo Burns".

  • The Burke and Wills Camp 119 is located 30km out from Normanton, on the Savannah Way. You can discover the region’s rich pioneering history and the ‘blazed trees’, marked by plaques, to prove how far they made it.

    Camp 119

     

     

     

     

Karumba

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  • The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre is an interactive, state of the art facility that provides the history, stories, lifecycle, and habits of one of the most sought-after fish, the barramundi. Take a guided tour, visit the hatchery, feed a barra, or relax by the saltwater lagoon displaying flora and fauna straight from the Norman River. www.barracentre.com.au

    149 Yappar Street, Karumba

    Barra centre

     

     

  • The town's only water supply was from the artesian bore until 1988 when sulphuric content was deemed unsafe for consumption. The metal A-frame standing behind the fire station is all that remains now.

  • This beautiful example of South African architecture was built originally as a radio control facility for the flying boats, owned and operated by Qantas and the British Airways. The entire complex block became the base for the 43rd squadron, flying operational patrols in World War II.

  • There are several Boat Cruises on offer in Karumba for recreational fishing, crabbing, crocodile spotting and bird watching. It's the perfect way to learn about our unique area with the knowledgeable tour guides.

  • Karumba Point Beach is the only beach in the Gulf of Carpentaria that is accessible by bitumen road. Enjoy walking along the beachfront and watching the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria. Picnic tables and amenities are also available, while relaxing watching the sunset or fishing.

    Karumba point beach

  • Krystina and Ron were famous crocodile shooters in the 1950s. Karumba Point Service Station now stands where Krystina and Ron in 1965, the couple started Australia's first crocodile farm in Karumba, but were eventually forced to close.

  • The first live cattle transported from Karumba were in 1900. Export ceased during WWII and then started exporting again in the 1950s. Still until today cattle are exported regular in the dry season to Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam. There is no access to this facility.

  • Shannon Bros built a meat works on this site, it lasted two years before going into liquidation. AW Anderson 'The Sausage King' bought it and continued meat works. It burnt down in the 1950s and was converted into a prawn processing plant. A. Raptis & Sons bought it in 1977.

  • This small brick building was originally an oil and foam storage facility for the flying boats. The foam was to extinguish fires by running a hose down to the boat ramp if a fire accrued. Another larger rounded brick structure behind this building was used for fuel storage.

  • The towns Cenotaph is here looking out at the Norman River. Beautiful scenery of the boats, wharf and the Norman River can be viewed here. Point: Karumba heritage walk is a chance to find out more about Karumba and surrounds. This walk also incorporates linking town and the Point.

    Sunderland park

  • This large concrete pad was built by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a spillway in the early 1940s to get Catalina and the Short Sunderland aircraft in and out of the water. Catalina photo gallery is situated at Carpentaria Fuels.

  • The Norman Mouth, as it was originally known, changed to Kimberly and later to stop confusion with Kimberly in the Northern Territory it was changed again to Karumba believed to be an aboriginal word meaning 'Spirit of an old man'.

    Norman mouth

  • Karumba, the home of the most awe-inspiring sunrises, especially if your visit is timed to coincide with the morning glory clouds. The Gulf is the only place on earth where morning glory clouds can be predicted and observed on a regular basis. The best time of year to capture this event is during September to November. Stop anywhere between Karumba and Burketown.

  • The sky lights up as the sun sets in the Gulf of Carpentaria, where you have a front row seat to the sea of stars illuminating the night sky. Don’t forget to add the hashtags #gulfcountry and #outbackbythesea when you make everyone jealous sharing on social media.

  • This pathed walk is a chance to discover the history of Karumba and its surroundings. The walk is a 4km track between Karumba town and Karumba Point and includes many boardwalks for photographers and birdwatchers to capture stunning scenery, wildlife and sunsets.

    Karumba walk

  • Located 30km off the coast of Burketown, Sweers Island is an untouched paradise. Experience the golden beaches, history, and abundant birdlife as you relax and unwind. The island is fisherman’s paradise and offers something for the whole family.

    Note: access to the island must be made by the individual as no commercial service is currently available. Alcohol is banned on Sweers Island outside of the resort.