Friday, 26 June 2015

Fun at Karumba

Our first night at Karumba, the wind blew a gale from the south and we wondered what the charter would be like. Up at dawn and then Ian headed off on the charter while I wandered back to camp to sit in the sun ... it's cool up here!
A dry and dusty camp 

Fishing charter

Up at dawn

A few fish were caught, mainly mackerel but a good day was had by the intrepid good in fact we booked to go again on Monday, and this time I was going to. All I hoped for was a lessening of the ferocious wind.
Off to the Sunset Tavern at Karumba for dinner and another beautiful sunset. On the way, Ian stopped to admire a camper trailer that was set up at the back of the park, and we got chatting to the owner, as you do often in a caravan park. When the usual 'where are you from' was exchanged, Mark told us he was from a small town called Macksville south of Coffs Harbour!
Turned out he was the Chief Inspector of police there and we had actually met professionally before I retired!. A very small world as you travel this huge country of ours.

Sunset...Day 2

Sunday morning, we headed off to the Karumba markets and then caught up with our new neighbour who came to the camp site for coffee and a chat, bearing a home made fruit cake. it was very interesting to hear the places that he had travelled and the places he recommended as must sees for our future trips. Cape Leveque north of Broome is a must see on another trip.
 A dip in the pool, an afternoon nap and then we headed off to join the Crab and Croc Sunset cruise. The new owners were great and the cruise was informative and worthwhile, but it was a bit disappointing that it didn't deliver what the brochure had promised as they have no crabbing license.

Despite there being no crab pots pulled up and no crab for dinner, we thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the sand island in the gulf for prawns and wine. Some fabulous photo opportunities were made the most of, to tell the story of dinner out in the gulf and another Karumba sunset. 

Jabiru on the Normanton River

On the way up the river and out to sea

Croc and Crab Cruise Boat

Birds at sunset

The sand island where we stopped for dinner

Any fish?
Pretty shells

Dinner stop at sunset


Another glorious sunset

Amazing sky

And another day ends at Karumba with an early night to be up early for the fishing charter in the morning. The wind has finally stopped blowing so it should be a calm day.

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