Barramundi Discovery Centre & Hatchery 

Karumba QLD

2020 Best of the Best

2020 Best Grey Nomad Attraction or Tour

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The Barramundi Discovery Centre opens the doors to a world where barramundi reign supreme. Visitors are transported from city slicker to swagman, and welcomed into a realm steeped in rich history, representing an evolving and living dedication to all things barramundi, delivered in Outback Australia.


A poetic and uncompromising celebration of the fish form, the building reflects the town’s love of barramundi. The shackles of traditional building design are broken and the centre has been re-imagined into the iconic silhouette of a barramundi bursting from the water in pursuit of a meal. This is just a small taste of big things to come!


The story begins in the early 1990s when a small group of visionary commercial fishers embarked on a mission to give back to the environment and industry, boosting declining fish stocks by establishing a barramundi hatchery aka 'the love shack'. It was initially a small, volunteer-run operation with second-hand and donated equipment that provided a basic but important service to the community by breeding barramundi fingerlings for release into the wild.


While the Centre offers unparalleled experiences, its core mission is still to support the sustainability of Australia’s most loved sporting and eating fish by breeding hundreds of thousands of baby barramundi for release every year. This is the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf Barramundi, and a dedicated team of scientists, commercial fishers, tour guides and tradesmen run the centre.


A visit to the Centre provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Land one of Australia’s most iconic sporting fish with the lagoon stocked with more than 450 fish

  • Tuck into a full-favoured locally caught wild barra at the café

  • Enjoy the sounds of local musicians playing the didgeridoo

  • Take a guided behind the scenes with tours under the expertise of the hatchery team

  • Browse local Indigenous art in the Gallery

  • Take a journey of local offerings via virtual reality headsets

  • ‘Feed-A-Barra’ at the new 10-metre-diameter tanks

  • Join a free ‘Scales and Feathers’ lagoon feeding tour.


Karumba is an adventure in every regard. Nestled on the Gulf of Carpentaria at the mouth of the iconic Normanton River, about 40 minutes north of Normanton, it’s a town ruled by Mother Nature’s delights. Surrounded by wetlands bursting with bird life, a sweeping ocean view of the gulf and dotted with cattle stations carved out by pioneers and Traditional Owners, it is a place where barramundi outnumber residents 100,000 to 1.



With five caravan parks, there are plenty of other things to do and see:

  • Fishing charters where the barramundi beg you to take them home

  • Sunset, birdwatching and croc spotting tours along the river and around the coastal landscape

  • Watch the sun drop over the gulf from The Point Tavern, where locals and visitors gather every afternoon in the beachside beer garden

  • Enjoy THE BEST fish and chips or prawn cutlets and chips at an eatery dedicated to their task

  • Take the scenic 3.5 kilometre Karumba Walking Track over the salt plains between ‘the point’ holiday settlement with the heart of the hard-working town

  • Enjoy a glass of bubbles on a sand island in the gulf. It’s spectacular!


And if you are heading to Karumba from August to November then rise early and look up. That is when and where you may be lucky enough to see the Morning Glory cloud. It is such a stunning and rare meteorological phenomenon that people travel from all over the world for a chance to see this magnificent formation.

Location: The Barramundi Discovery Centre, which also houses the Visitor Centre, is located at 149 Yappar Street, Karumba - an extension of the main road through town.

Facilities:  Tours, booking office, gift shop, toilets, cafe, dog friendly, RV and car parking.