Happiness Is The Road
DAY 217 - NORMANTON TO KARUMBA - KRYS THE CROC
It had been an unbelievably hot night but we did manage to get some sleep. After brekky we went to have a look at Krys the Savannah King who was situated just round the corner on Normanton's main street. Krys the Croc is an accurate artist's impression of the largest recorded saltwater crocodile captured in the world. He was 8.63 metres long which is incredibly large. The statue of him was an amazing sight to see. It is incredible that a crocodile was this big. It was like looking at a dinosaur. Even though Krys was a statue he still looked horribly scary. We took some great photos of Krys and then hit the road out of Normanton. We were only going a relatively short way today, about 70 kilometres, to Karumba which is on the coast and it is advertised as being where the outback meets the sea. It is famous for it's fishing and it's sunsets. Karumba is on the Gulf of Carpentaria and is the only place on the Gulf where you can get to the sea on a sealed road. It was great to see the sea when we got there but we didn't go near the waters edge as there can be crocs in the water here. There was a warning sign here indicating this. We checked into the caravan park nice and early and chilled out for the day. The place was absolutely rammed and everyone there had big caravans and boats. With our little camper we definitely stood out as the odd ones out. The caravan park was very tropical with lots of palm trees and it had a swimming pool. We both had a lovely refreshing dip as the heat again today was intense. At around half five we went down to the pub on the sea front to get an ice cold beer and to watch the sunset. Karumba faces west and the sunsets here are supposed to be amazing. We settled down in the beer garden overlooking the ocean and watched the show. The colours in the sky over the ocean as the sun sunk below the horizon were beautiful, starting yellow and becoming a deeper and deeper orange until the sun disappeared. It was a balmy hot night and when we got back to the camper it was red hot inside. We put the fan on and tried to sleep. The heat up here is relentless and intense.