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Kamerunga
CairnsQueensland
Looking west along Hastings Street, Kamerunga, 2018.jpg
Looking west along Hastings Street, 2018
Kamerunga is located in Queensland
Kamerunga
Kamerunga
Coordinates 16°52′50″S 145°41′11″E / 16.8805°S 145.6863°E / -16.8805; 145.6863 (Kamerunga (centre of suburb))
Population 1,049 (2016 census)
 • Density 244.0/km2 (632/sq mi)
Established 1980
Postcode(s) 4870
Area 4.3 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) Cairns Region
State electorate(s) Barron River
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt
Suburbs around Kamerunga:
Barron Gorge Caravonica Barron
Barron Gorge Kamerunga Freshwater
Barron Gorge Redlynch Redlynch

Kamerunga is a suburb of Cairns in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Kamerunga had a population of 1,049 people.

Geography

In the east farmland predominates, central areas are used for residential purposes and the west is mostly undeveloped bushland on the foothills of the Atherton Tableland escarpment.

History

The suburb is believed to have taken its name from the Yidinji name for Barron Gorge.

While Kamerunga is now a suburb within the Cairns Region, it historically formed part of the Shire of Barron and was significant as a crossing point on the Barron River. A new high level road bridge opened in 1980 to replace the original bridge, which remains as a popular fishing spot during the dry season.

Education

Peace Lutheran College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at Cowley Street (16°52′42″S 145°41′23″E / 16.8782°S 145.6897°E / -16.8782; 145.6897 (Peace Lutheran College)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 670 students with 52 teachers (46 full-time equivalent) and 48 non-teaching staff (34 full-time equivalent).

There are no government schools in Kamerunga. The nearest government primary schools are Caravonica State School in neighbouring Caravonica to the north and Freshwater State School in neighbouring Freshwater to the east. The nearest government secondary school is Redlynch State College in neighbouring Redlynch to the south.

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