KARUMBA must be the world's most laid back town.


Breakfast at End of the Road Motel, KarumbaBreakfast at End of the Road Motel, Karumba   River system enroute to Karumba from Cape YorkRiver system enroute to Karumba from Cape York

A night here will remind you how to relax; how to wind down that blood pressure and take a load off. Stay at the End of the Road Motel and you'll have everything you need. Even an onsite laundry - great news huh?

We called in here on our way back from Thursday Island. We'd spent a week flying up the east coast on Stawell Aviation's Cape York Safari, another escapade into the jaw-dropping category that is par for the course when you're flying the outback. Since we were there a few years ago, they've sealed the airstrip, so no excuses.


The beachfront Sunset Tavern beer garden at KarumbaThe beachfront Sunset Tavern beer garden at Karumba   Karumba beachKarumba beach

At the End of the Road, you're right on the beach so take time out after you've washed that red dirt and avgas out of your ears, to get some sand between your toes, throw a line in and try your luck, and then walk home via the camping ground. That's an education in itself, especially if you wander through at beer o'clock - these Grey Nomads who've left their snivelling kids at home and are out here gaily spending their inheritance are definitely onto something. We see them all over the country, and man are they ever having a fine time in their 60s and 70s thanks very much. Good luck to them, I say.

Anyway, here's another treat - see, I'm always looking after you - you can walk right next door from your accommodation into the breezy open-air beer garden of the Tavern. Order a beer and then get stuck into a feed of seafood so fresh it's still jumping. You can get hold of a fishing charter easily if you want to, just ask at the motel.

Karumba (YKMB) airstrip details in ERSA.