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Kuranda is located within the Tablelands Regional Council, 25 km north-west of Cairns and 35 km from Mareeba in far north Queensland. The traditional owners are the Djabugay people and the Kuranda Village to the local Aboriginal people was ‘Ngunbay’, meaning the place of the platypus. The majority of the Aboriginal population of Kuranda are descendants of the Mona Mona Mission. 


The mission was established by the Seventh Day Adventist Mission in 1913 to receive Aboriginal families including children stolen from Traditional Lands across Queensland and from other states by Government Troopers. 

In the Kuranda area there are three main Aboriginal organisations providing support and service to the local people:


• Ngoonbi Co-Operative Society Ltd.

• Djabugay Tribal Aboriginal Corporation.

• Mona Mona Bulmba Aboriginal Corporation.



Local Language Group: Djabugay


Population: 4,337 


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population: 579 (13.3% of total population)

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