Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge is a small Aboriginal community 75 kilometres north of Cairns, 4 kilometres from Mossman (the nearest town), and approximately 25 kilometres by road from Port Douglas. It is not a discrete Aboriginal community and is part of the Douglas Shire Council area. The community had an estimated resident population of 88 people as at 30 June 2017[1],[2].

The Mossman Gorge community has an estimated permanent population of 180, although this may increase significantly at cultural gatherings such as funerals and weddings. The residents of Mossman are predominantly from the Kuku Yalanji Clan, whose traditional lands spread to the Wujal Wujal community and the township of Mossman. The community is located on land comprised of an Aboriginal reserve of 27 hectares and a freehold lot of 3,887 hectares within the Douglas Shire Council area.

The residents of Mossman Gorge community are predominantly from the Eastern Yalanji people (Bama) Clan and Kuku-Yalanji (speakers of Yalanji language). There are several dialects of the Yalanji language spoken in the community.

If you are planning a community visit then our Mossman Gorge 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. Total population provided by QGSO, Queensland Treasury, not 18 years and older, due to the small size of the total population from the ABS unpublished preliminary ERP data at the Statistical Area level 1 for 30 June 2017.

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