Mornington Island (Queensland Australia)

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Region
Australia - New Zealand - Pacific Ocean Islands

Coordinates
-16.63751 S, 139.38972 E

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Mornington is the northernmost island of a total of 22 isles which form Wellesley Islands group. The island is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria and is also part of Gulf Country region in the state of Queensland, Australia. The island covers a total area of approx 1,002 km2 (387 ml2) and has a population of around 1000 people (2001 census).

  • Manowar and Rocky Islands IBA (Important Bird Area) is situated about 40 km (25 ml) to the northwest. Mornington Island is the largest of Wellesley Islands group of islands.
  • Island's general topography is flat with a maximum elevation of 150 m (500 ft). Mornington is fringed by mangrove forests. It contains ten estuaries, all of which in near pristine condition.
  • The predominant clan group on the island are the Lardil, who are the traditional land owners. The Kiadilt clan arrived from nearby Bentinck Island more recently (in 1947), when the water supply was contaminated by salt following a cyclone. Re-building work on housing has been undertaken by a non-profit organisation from Queensland, James Fraser Foundation.
  • Mornington Island is routinely hit by cyclones. Cyclone Steve passed over the island in 2000; tropical Cyclone May in February 1988; Tropical Cyclone Bernie in early 2002; Tropical Cyclone Fritz on February 12, 2003. In February 2005 Tropical Cyclone Harvey caused severe damage on the island.
  • Mornington was the site of research over a few decades by David McKnight, British anthropologist  who described it in a series of books. McKnight mourned the increasing violence levels since the 1970s.
  • A tribe of indigenous people on Mornington Island have been communicating with Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins for more than a millennium. It's said they have "a medicine man" calling the dolphins and speaksing to them telepathically. These communications assure that the tribes’ happiness and fortunes are maintained.

Mornington Island cruise terminal

Cruise ships to Mornington Island dock (anchor) at Gununa.

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