Where the outback meets the sea


Carpentaria Shire is the north eastern most council area in the NWQROC region, stretching along the coastline of its namesake, the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The region is uniquely placed to offer residents and visitors opportunities and experiences in lifestyle, holidays, employment and investment opportunities. Carpentaria Shire has a friendly, laid-back lifestyle and is a place where children still ride their bikes down to the river to go fishing after school without parents having to worry as they would in the larger towns and cities.

Normanton is the region's government and administrative centre with much of the shire's commercial activity coming through Karumba which has an active port.

The Shire covers an area of approximately 65,000 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 2,200 with the countryside ranging from vast inland plains to mangrove forests, deltas and saltpans along the coastal areas of the Gulf.

Carpentaria Shire is the traditional country of the Gkuthaarn, Kukatj and Kurtijar people.

Carpentaria Shire has a diverse industry base with agriculture, fishing and tourism and government administration providing the majority of the Shire's income.

Carpentaria Shire Council's Vision is "Experience Carpentaria Shire - a great place to live, work, invest and relax". Whether you want to visit Carpentaria Shire, have a specific question about Council's services, or you are thinking about a permanent move we welcome your enquiry and look forward to being of service to you.

Find out more about the Carpentaria Shire.