Grey nomads came for fishing, stayed to concrete

Published: July 23, 2015

Grey nomads visiting the remote Northern Territory fishing community of King Ash Bay, north of Borroloola, have been praised for coming ‘for the fishing and staying for the concreting’.

The tiny settlement – which has a permanent population of just 30 – is enjoying a bumper grey nomad season, and is upgrading its facilities to cope.

“We’re building a new amenities block in our powered camping area, a new office building, a small shelter at our golf course and an extension to our machinery shed,” said President of the King Ash Bay Fishing Club, Norm Cunningham. “Our secretary organised some shirts for our volunteers for the amount of work being done this year, and they say: ‘came for the fishing, stayed for the concreting’.”

Mr Cunningham told the ABC that nearly every bit of work was being done by volunteers, with money only having had to be spent to bring a couple of tilers down from Darwin.

“Otherwise we simply couldn’t afford it,” he said.

The area has been enjoying a busy dry season despite low fresh water flows in the McArthur River, with regular grey nomads staying for several months.

“We are probably just passing our peak now with the tourists,” he said. “It will still stay strong for a little while but the school holidays are over and then it will taper off in August and, by the end of October, it is all over for another year.”

  • Do you volunteer at some of the places you stay? Are you a King Ash Bay volunteer?
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Suzanne Campbell
7 years ago

Mmmm, looks great but just looked at the cost.
$22 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids.
As a solo traveller this is too expensive for me. Are single rates available?

Jim
7 years ago

$22.00 Per night Is dead cheap for a family up that way,
Try getting in Broome for that price !!

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