Karumba is situated on the mouth of the Norman River and is the centre of the Gulf's prawning industry. The surrounding environment is composed of flat wetlands which extend inland for approximately 30 kilometres. These wetlands are a series of meandering saltwater tidal estuaries, the native habitat for saltwater crocodiles and a vast array of bird species such as pelicans, cyrus cranes, brolgas and black swans.
The Gulf Savannah is an interesting region to visit all year, however during the monsoon season, transportation methods must be carefully considered, as some parts of the Gulf Savannah region suffer from a lack of road infrastructure.
Karumba lies approximately 750 kilometres west of Cairns on the Gulf of Carpentaria, or 570 kilometres north of Mt Isa.