Celebrate the legendary barramundi

Get hooked at the annual Barra and Blues Festival.

If a weekend festival celebrating music and fishing sounds like your version of nirvana, then reel in some tickets to the annual Barra and Blues festival.

Held at Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre in Karumba from 4 – 5 May, the weekend festival will be headlined by ARIA-nominated artist Ash Grunwald.

Carpentaria Shire Mayor Jack Bawden said the concert was a great opportunity for guests to support outback communities doing it tough after years of drought and the recent flood.

“The ticketed concert on Saturday night also features singer Emily Wurramara, nominated for the 2018 ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album, award-winning North Queensland blues and roots artist Tim Griffin and local Normanton band Split Image,” he said.

“Other activities include free yoga, market stalls, free guided tours and barramundi feeding at the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre, blues artist workshops, a Big Barra BBQ and an outdoor screening of the legendary movie The Blues Brothers, with awards for best-dressed movie-goer.”

The festival will also celebrate the opening of the $8.5 million state-of-the-art barramundi interpretive centre, which showcases the history, lifecycle and habits of the southern Gulf barramundi bred in the hatchery.

“The interpretive centre also showcases the wetlands, mangroves, birdlife and flora of the southern Gulf,” Cr Bawden said.

“The centre originated some 25 years ago when a group of fishermen set out to restock the local waterways with barramundi fingerlings to ensure a sustainable fishing future for years to come.”

For those wanting to ‘claim’ a barra, the region’s barramundi season runs from February to October and attracts 55,000 visitors each year.

“Our wetlands are teeming with birdlife and the fishing should be extraordinary, especially for those wanting to catch our famous barramundi,” Cr Bawden said.


“Locals have been reeling in enormous barra with some catches longer than 90cm.”


To purchase tickets and for more information visit www.barracentre.com.au.