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 806 people as at 30 June 2017[1],[2].

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 which can be located under Policies and Guidelines might be helpful.


  1. Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2016 boundaries used are local government areas for Aurukun, Doomadgee and Hope Vale, and statistical areas level 1 (SA1s) of 3139616 for Coen and 3116408 for Mossman Gorge.
  2. Adults 18 years and over provided by the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office (QGSO), Queensland Treasury, based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) unpublished preliminary Estimated Resident Population (ERP) data by age and sex at the Local Government Area level for 30 June 2017.


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