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Place Bamaga



Bamaga is a small town situated about 40 km from the northern tip of Cape York in far north Queensland, Australia. It is one of five communities which collectively make up the Northern Peninsula Area. Bamaga was originally developed as the administrative centre for this area and today it acts as the service point for education, health services, transport, accommodation and other essential services for the Northern Peninsula Area. Eight hundred and forty-eight of the 1067 (2011 census) people living in Bamaga are Indigenous. The climate has consistently high temperatures throughout the year and is known as tropical savannah. The languages spoken are Torres Strait Creole, Kala Kawa Ya, and English. The major industry is tourism and there is some cattle production, small business retailing and a concrete batching plant. There is also a branch of the Far North College of TAFE in Bamaga.

Archival resources

National Centre for Indigenous Genomics

  • Correspondence, 1969, 02D-37; National Centre for Indigenous Genomics. Details
  • Laboratory workbook, 1968, Lab-01-017; National Centre for Indigenous Genomics. Details