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Mungkan Kandju (Kaanju) National Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
One of Queensland's largest, isolated and most rugged national parks, covers an area of some 457,000 ha in the the centre of Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. Each year the park is flooded during the monsoon season and then dries out for the rest of the year leaving huge waterholes and billabongs creating a wonderful habitat for estuarine crocodiles.

At one end of the Park (east) we have the McIlwraith Range covered in magnificent rainforest, to the west lies the Coen and Archer rivers. Rainforest follows these rivers and their tributaries as they snake their way through out the park. Outside of these locations the forest thins out to scrub country which is subsequently flooded each year.

The national park was formerly two parks, the Rokeby and the Archer Bend National Parks, encompassing the Archer Bend area which covered the lands south of the Archer River and the drier woodlands, whilst the Rokeby section included the rainforest slopes of the McIlwariath Range and the former Rokeby Station which was purchased in 1981 to ensure the conservation of the pristine Archer River floodplain. The parks were amalgamated in 1994 and named after the two Aboriginal Traditional Owners whose name for this country — Mungkan (on the western side) and Kandju (to the east).

The national park has a significant history for the aboriginal groups in the area who have lived in the area for many thousands of years. The Wik Mungan, Ayapathu, and Kaanju have a long association with this land and have many culturally significant and ceremonial sites within the park. The Wik Mungkan, Kaanju and Ayapathu Aboriginal peoples, the Traditional Owners of the park, welcome you to their land and ask that you respect their culture and country during your visit.

Access to the park can be difficult and should only be attempted in the dry season with a 4WD. Spare parts, medical supplies and fuel will be required as the park is isolated there are no petrol or water stops out here. No camping sites have been established within the park however camping is permitted at some locations. Camping near waterholes can be dangerous due to the large numbers of crocodiles inhabiting the park.

Contact the local Parks and Wildlife Service or visit the QLD National parks, marine parks and forests website. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre ‘Rokeby’
Mungkan Kandju National Park
CAIRNS MAIL CENTRE QLD 4871
Ph: 07 4060 3256
Web: www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/mungkan-kandju-kaanju/index.html

Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service
COEN QLD 4871
Ph: 07 4060 113

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