Kowanyama lies 25 km (as the crow flies) from the West coast on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the South-Western region of the Cape, 600 kilometres north-west of Cairns.

The community is on the bank of the Magnificent Creek, which joins the South Mitchell River and in turn forms part of the Mitchell River Delta system, which is why Kowanyama means “place of many waters” in the Yir Yoront language.

In 2016, Kowanyama had a population of 944 people with 856 identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

To find out about Kowanyama’s history, people, facilities, events and more visit the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council.