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Wujal Wujal
Queensland
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Sign welcoming people to Wujal Wujal, having travelled from the south along the Bloomfield Track
Population 326 (2006 census)
 • Density 16.349/km2 (42.34/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4895
Area 19.94 km2 (7.7 sq mi)
Location
LGA(s) Aboriginal Shire of Wujal Wujal
State electorate(s) Cook
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt

Wujal Wujal is a small Aboriginal community on the north and south sides of the Bloomfield River in northern Queensland, Australia. It has an area of 19.94 square kilometres of land. At the 2006 census, Wujal Wujal had a population of 326.

It is located approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Cape Tribulation and 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Cooktown. Access to the community is via sealed road from Cooktown, or by the Bloomfield Track, an unsealed road from Cape Tribulation which is only suitable for four wheel drive vehicles. This is due to the gradient of the terrain and the many streams and rivers that make up the Daintree drainage basin which cross the path at very regular intervals. During high waterflow the road from Cape Tribulation is impassable.

The rare Bloomfield River Cod (Guyu wujalwujalensis) is found only in the Bloomfield River and is named after this community.

The waterfalls

Wujul-Wujul Falls C 1805
Wujal-Wujal Falls are seen here at a time of relatively low water

The waterfalls are very sacred to the community. The general public have access only to one waterfall as the other larger falls are only for the eyes of the female members of the community.

Tours

Tours are available by four wheel drive vehicles from Cairns and Cape Tribulation via the Bloomfield Track.

In 2003, the Walker family, one of the family groups of the Kuku Yalanji people, commenced their rainforest tours on their traditional country at Thompson Creek, six km south of Wujal Wujal. Guided walks to the Bloomfield Falls have recently been added as another opportunity in their business.

As their tour attracts business from the Bloomfield area, mainly the Bloomfield Wilderness Lodge, the guests come by boat to their landing site on the Bloomfield River bank, creating the need for a jetty or ramp.

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