Karumba is a town in the Gulf Country region of Queensland, Australia, 71 kilometres (44 mi) by road from Normanton and 2,159 kilometres (1,342 mi) from the state capital, Brisbane. Most people visit Karumba for the great fishing, spectacular sunsets and awesome Morning Glory Cloud formations. The towns’ economy relies on the fishing industry (prawns, crabs and fish), zinc and cattle export and the thousands or tourists that visit each year. The settlement was previously known as Norman Mouth and Kimberely. Karumba was used by the local aborigines, to describe the place. This name was officially used for the township by the 1880s.
Karumba forms part of Carpentaria Shire Council. At the 2006 census, Karumba had a population of 518.
The town is sited at the mouth of the Norman River, and enjoys the distinction of being the only town along the southern Gulf of Carpentaria that is within sight of the Gulf itself (the Gulf’s extensive tidal flats prohibits settlement elsewhere along its shore).
The rare Morning Glory cloud rolls through Karumba in the early hours of some mornings in September and October. In the late 1930s the town was a refueling and maintenance stop for the flying boats of the Qantas Empire Airways. The Red Hot Chili Peppers song Animal Bar from their 2006 album Stadium Arcadium is about Karumba. It is named after a bar called the Animal Bar.
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