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Mungkan Kandju National Park

Mungkan Kandju, Australia

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Oyala Thumotang, formerly Mungkan Kandju National Park (and prior to that Archer Bend National Park), is a national park in Queensland, Australia, 1,914 kilometres (1,189 mi) northwest of Brisbane.

The Oyala Thumotang National Park encompasses what was formerly the lands of the Wik Mungkan, Southern Kaanju and Ayapathu Aboriginal peoples. The formation of the original national park was closely linked to the significant court case of Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen decided in the High Court of Australia.

The park is located in central Cape York Peninsula. It is about 25 km north of Coen. It is 12 hrs by road north of Cairns. The park occupies 381,000 hectares from the McIlwraith Range foothills in the east to the Archer River in the west. The Archer and the Coen rivers flow through the park.

The park has open eucalypt woodlands, melaleuca swamps and areas of rainforest.

There are 18 camp sites near rivers and waterholes in the park. There is an entry fee. Drinking water is not available in the camping sites, so visitors need to carry their own water.

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Official Record

  • WDPA ID126692
  • NameMungkan Kandju
  • Original NameMungkan Kandju
  • Country / TerritoryAUS
  • Sub locationAU-QLD
  • IUCN CategoryIIWhat is this?
  • English DesignationNational Park
  • Designation TypeNational
  • StatusDesignated
  • Status Year2010
  • Reported Area km23801.46
  • Marinefalse
  • Governance TypeFederal or national ministry or agency
  • International CriteriaNot Applicable
  • Management AuthorityQueensland - Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM)
  • Management Plan URLNot Reported




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Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DeSEWPC) (2010)

Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (2010) Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database 2010. Australian Government, Canberra, Australia.
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The boundaries and names shown, and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.


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