Mapoon is an Aboriginal community north of Weipa.

For travellers it means fishing, camping and restricted alcohol, but in many ways it is not like any Aboriginal community.

Firstly, it is the oldest one in Queensland.

Cooktown may have been Australia's 'first white settlement', but it was here as the first contact between Aboriginals and Europeans happened, more than 150 years before Cook was around.

And secondly, it is the site of the infamous forcible removal of Mapoon people, 50 years later (2013) they officially opened the historical site so you can learn about it all. 


The place is in the end of the main road north from Weipa.
   mapoon community

As you enter the community along the main street there are the general store,
   mapoon aboriginal community

... a popular cafe,

mapoon cafe mapoon cafe steak burger mapoon cafe chicken burger mapoon cafe seafood basket

... the Aboriginal shire council,
   mapoon aboriginal council

... and a cultural centre.

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West of the community is the Back Beach,

mapoon back beach

... Janie Creek,
   janie creek

.. and a sandy drive to the old Turtle Camp in the creek mouth.
   mapoon turtle camp

East is Cullen Point,

mapoon cullen point

... a popular place to camp and fish.

mapoon fishing

And in the middle, right at the beachfront in the end of the main street, is the sign that used to be at the community entrance along the main road.
   old mapoon

"Welcome to Old Mapoon" suits a lot better here, because this is exactly where the Old Mapoon was.
   mapoon history

On the beautiful beach where there is a memorial now, was the old Mapoon Mission Station.
   mapoon historical site

You can see the exact sites and the little that is left from the mission house, the J. G. Ward Memorial Church, a school, boys' and girls' dormitories, a dispensary and a hospital, a store, a butchery, gardens and wells.
   mapoon mission

In 1963 when a lot of the areas around Weipa became mining lease, the community was forcibly moved to what is now New Mapoon. Years later people started moving back, but the old buildings were destroyed meanwhile.

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