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About Mornington Island

About Mornington Island

Located in the Gulf of Carpentaria,, it is one of the largest of 22 islands that form the Wellesley Island Group.

GUNUNA meaning "place of plenty", the traditional homelands of the Lardil People.

With a population of around 1200, the township is home to the Lardil, Kiadilt, Gangalidda, Waanyi and Garrwa language groups, surrounded by landscapes of low-lying mangrove shrubs, golden sandy beaches with waters home of an abundance of coral reefs making the island a popular fishing destination among the locals and visitors to the Island. Precautions must be taken when near the water as it also home to sharks, sea snakes, jellyfish, and a few crocodile sightings. However, you can always enjoy our beautiful unique sunsets at the end of the day from the safety of the shores.

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The Island has produced accomplished national and internationally acclaimed artists. Embedded with rich cultural history the Island's local dance troupe "The Mornington Island Dancers" have performed for over forty years both on the national and international stage.

For more information take a visit to the Local Arts and Culture Centre Mirndiyan Gununa.

The Island consists of one locally owned supermarket Gununamanda opening hours are

Mon – Thurs 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri – 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturdays – 8:00am – 12:00pm
Closed Sundays

The local Butcher Shop Dragons Den opening hours are

Mon – Fri 7:00am – 6:00pm
Weekends – 7:00am – 1:00pm

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How to get Here

Rex Airlines services the Island five days a week Monday to Friday from Mount Isa and Cairns

With Charter services operating regularly across the Region

Mornington Island is serviced by the Telstra Network