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History

The Mossman Gorge area is culturally very significant, with many story places, poison places, sacred sites and burial sites.

The community is located on the border of the Daintree National Park and access to the Mossman Gorge Reserve (which attracts 450,000 to 550,000 visitors a year) is through the community.

The Mossman Gorge Reserve is currently held by the Queensland Government and managed by BamangaBubuNgadimunku [Barmarn-gar Boo-boo Naddi-moon-koo] Inc (BBN)

The people

The tropical rainforests, beaches, reefs, and mountain ranges stretching along the coast between Mossman and the Annan River are the homelands of Eastern Yalanji people (Bama).

There are several dialects within the Yalanji language. The Eastern Kuku Yalanji are the Traditional Owners of the Mossman district and have a registered Native Title claim over the Mossman Gorge area.

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Mossman Gorge kids taking part in Apunipima’s school holiday cooking and nutrition program