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Mapoon

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Mapoon [1] is a town in the Cape York Peninsula region of Queensland, Australia.

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Mapoon Aboriginal Community is located at Port Musgrave, western Cape York in Queensland. 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. At the 2006 census, Mapoon had a population of 239.

Mapoon is a recognised tourist destination with excellent camping facilities at Cullen Point and Janie Creek. (Permit required from the Mapoon Council Office) The area is known for excellent fishing and crabbing. During the Wet season from December to April the Cape area is inaccessible except by air and sea.

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  • Assist Aboriginal rangers with removing threats to the sea turtle colony, including abandoned fishing nets and feral pigs. Western Cape York Turtle Conservation Camps [2] cost $1875 per person. Contact Weipa Travel, McNamara Centre, Nanum, Weipa. tel 07 4069 7266. fax 07 4069 7452. email enquiries@seaturtlescapeyork.com.

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