About Mapoon


Mapoon Aboriginal Community is located at Port Musgrave, western Cape York in far north Queensland, around 860km north of Cairns. 


The predominant languages spoken in Mapoon are Creole and English. The use of an interpreter may be necessary to assist complainants, witnesses, victims and offenders who come before the courts.

History of Mapoon

Mapoon facts and figures

For 2011 and 2016 census information on education, employment, income, housing figures and more for Mapoon, build a statistical profile on Know Your Community.

Native title information

Search for native title information on the National Native Title Tribunal website.

Visiting Mapoon

Getting to Mapoon

Access to Mapoon is usually via Weipa. QantasLink provides a number of services between Cairns and Weipa throughout the week. It is then a 50 minute drive to Mapoon from Weipa (during the dry season). The road is partially sealed. 

Seasonal considerations

The road from Weipa to Mapoon becomes largely inaccessible during the wet season, which can last from October to April/May. However, Mapoon also has an all-weather airstrip. The airstrip is used regularly by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  

Quarantine restrictions

When visiting Cape York you need to observe the quarantine regulations in these regions:

  • it is against the law to move plant and animal material, including fruit, from the Torres Strait to the mainland
  • restrictions apply on moving plant material, including fruit, south from Cape York.

For more information visit:

Alcohol restrictions

Alcohol restrictions apply in Mapoon

Local government

Search the local government directory for information about the Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council. 

Who to contact if you have questions about your visit

Sorry business

At the passing of a Mapoon member of the community, the Queensland Government service centre will be notified immediately. Quite often, the Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council will close on the day of the funeral or memorial service - this may be for the period of the service or for the entire day.
Essential services such as policing, child safety, health, education and justice still continue throughout this period. 

Community justice group

The role of the Community Justice Group (CJG) is to ensure that clients of the service are given appropriate cultural support for court matters. The CJG also provides cultural reports to the courts at sentencing and bail applications, assistance to the courts in managing community-based offences, and networking to implement crime prevention initiatives.

Members of the CJG work closely with a number of justice agencies including the Queensland Magistrates Court, Department of Corrective Services, Queensland Police Service, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service. The CJG works to support the community’s understanding of and access to the justice system by working in conjunction with Shire Council by-laws and victim support agencies.

Key ways the CJG is able to assist the community and the courts include:

  • participation in community consultations relevant to the CJG’s role within the criminal justice sector
  • preparation and presentation of written and oral sentencing submissions to the court
  • defendant support and referral (including court support)
  • victim support and referral (including court support)
  • support for debtors wishing to access the State Penalties and Enforcement Registry.

For more information about your local Community Justice Group:

Community services

Use the Queensland Government's one place service directory to find up-to-date contact information for local support services including:

  • legal advice and support services
  • youth justice and support groups
  • domestic and family violence support
  • drug and alcohol services
  • mens' and women's groups
  • accident, emergency and medical services

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