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Population 263 (2011 census)
 • Density 0.496/km2 (1.28/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4874
Area 530 km2 (204.6 sq mi)
LGA(s) Cook Shire Council, Mapoon Shire Council
State electorate(s) Cook
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt

Mapoon Aboriginal Community is located at Port Musgrave, western Cape York in Far North Queensland, Australia. A Presbyterian mission was established at Mapoon in 1891 with the aim of providing education and health services to the Aboriginal people. By 1907, under the Reformatories Act, it was operating as community for local people.

The community differs from many other Cape communities in that the quality government built residences are spread out in bushland along Red Beach Road towards Cullen Point rather than being clustered together. In 2000, the Mapoon Aboriginal community was formally recognised under Deed of Grant in Trust arrangements.

During the wet season from December to April the area is inaccessible except by air and sea.


The 1996 census population of Mapoon was 139. At the 2006 census, Mapoon had a population of 239. At the 2011 Australian Census the town recorded a population of 263 and 90% of the town's population was of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.


Presently the town has a primary school, nursing station, council office and small shop providing fuel and food. Local people are employed on the Council which as well as providing services for the local community in 2006 won the contract to provide road maintenance for the all-weather 80 kilometres (50 mi) dirt road from the town of Weipa. There is also a productive fishing business, providing mudcrabs to southern markets from the Port Musgrave Bay and Dulhunty and Wenlock rivers.

Camping facilities near the town are found at Cullen Point and Janie Creek. The area is known for excellent fishing and crabbing.

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