Karumba is a remote town near the Gulf of Carpentaria in Far North Queensland which is a popular destination for recreational fishing. Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre in Karumba is not only a visitor centre but also a Barramundi farm and hatchery and the only hatchery in the world that breeds the southern gulf Barramundi.
This discovery centre had a facelift with redevelopment and expansion and re-opened in February 2018. The new discovery centre was designed by Brisbane-based practice Bud Brannigan Architects, with the simple plan and structure derived from a consideration of the Barramundi itself, as well as an appreciation for the harsh local conditions.
The 130-metre-long building has an arrival hall that includes a reception area and souvenir shop. An artwork by the Pormpuraaw Art and Culture Centre, woven out of fishing nets, hangs in the entry tower. The arrival hall then leads to the central interpretative gallery and cafe, with a conference meeting room at the tail. The kid-friendly gallery display was placed inside the interpretative gallery.
Watch an amazing short film in their theatre – about Barramundi, the fishing industry and the wonderful community of Karumba and hear stories from the commercial fishermen who catch them. The discovery centre also provides history, stories, lifecycle and habits of these sought-after fish, the wetlands and mangroves and learn about the incredible birdlife and stunning southern Gulf flora. It also has crocodile display
Please note that the Discovery Centre is free of charge to visit. Admission charges apply if visitors would like an in-depth guided Barramundi tour, view the fish and take part in the hand-feed experience of these amazing creatures and see the jumping Barramundi. A must-do at this discovery centre is taking a photo catching a Barra! So get your camera ready.
After enjoying all the display inside the discovery centre, enjoy the outside views over the saltwater lagoon, whilst drinking a quality coffee or eating a scrumptious meal. The 2,500 square meter saltwater lagoon contains several thousand young Barramundi from the hatchery.
Open every day except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's'Day, you can experience this interpretive centre that will tell the story of the southern gulf Barramundi to visitors so that they can learn more about this fascinating fish.