The township of Doomadgee, lies alongside the Nicholson River, one of the permanent freshwater rivers that flow from the ranges behind Lawn Hill National Park. Doomadgee is the first (or last) township on the Queensland section of the Savannah Way, and is situated 100 kilometres northwest of Burketown and is only 130 kilometres east of the Northern Territory border. It is 630 kilometres by road to Mt Isa and 1035 kilometres west of Cairns. The township had an estimated resident adult population of 869 people as at 30 June 2014.
Many residents of this community are Traditional Owners. The traditional homelands of The Gangalidda and the Waanyi people lie in and around the Doomadgee Shire. There are also Garrawa and Yunjulla people and a range of people from Indigenous nations across Australia have made Doomadgee their home.
Covering an area of 186,300 hectares Doomadgee is a Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) Community. English is the predominant language spoken in Doomadgee. However, several First Nations’ languages are also spoken, including Waanyi, Gangalidda, Mingginda, Lardil and Garawa.
If you are planning a community visit then our Doomadgee Community Engagement Guidelines might be helpful.