Mud Crabs Direct is run by Mark and Julianne Grunske out of of Karumba in the Gulf country of far North Queensland.
Karumba is 70 km by road from Normanton and 2100 km from Brisbane. The settlement was previously known as Norman Mouth and Kimberely. Karumba was used by the local aborigines to describe the place. This name was officially used for the township by the 1880s.
Mark and Julianne hail from Maryborough where they had an office equipment business during their early married life. Chasing a change in lifestyle, they sold out and went commercial fishing. They fished the Burdekin region for crabs for around 6 years, then moved moved to Karumba in 2002.
Karumba is now the tourist capital of Cape York, and so in 2007 Mark and Julianne decided to give hospitality their best shot and also started Croc n Crab Tours. The showpiece of that business is a big pontoon boat to take visitors to their little corner of the world on a tour of the river etc.
Mud Crabs Direct know their product backwards; when the crabbing is tough they will do a 90 nautical mile round trip a few times a week, and that’s not for the faint hearted when the Gulf weather is at it's wildest.