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Aurukun is a remote community around 800 kilometres northwest of Cairns or about two hours’ drive from Weipa.

Traditional Owners: Wik, Wik Way and Kugu people (including large area of land in western Cape York)

Languages: Wik Mungkan, English, other local languages

Population (ABS 2016 Census): 1,269

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Road conditions
Roads and water crossings can become impassable and dangerous during the wet season. Rivers and water crossings can rise quickly and travellers should be aware of conditions prior to travel and monitor closely. Contact local Police or Aurukun Shire Council for information about road conditions.


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