Christmas Closure 2021/22
The Kowanyama River House will be closed for Christmas on the nights of 24 and 25 December and for New Year on the nights of 31 December and 1 January.
We would like to extend a warm thank you to all of our clients for your ongoing support and we wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We look foward to welcoming you when you next visit the Kowanyama River House. Safe travels and all the best for 2022.
Thomas Hudson, family and staff.
is a 17 room guest house overlooking Magnificent Creek in Kowanyama Township. Kowanyama is on the Gulf of Carpentaria side of Cape York Peninsula around 600 kms north west of Cairns.
We are conveniently located just 100 metres from the Cultural Centre and 200 metres from the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council offices and Supermarket.
The Kowanyama River House is available as a supplier of catering to the township of Kowanyama. Please contact Larnie Pukallus, Reservations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a quote.
4WD vehicle hire is available for use within the community. Special approval is required for use outside the community boundary. Please contact Larnie Pukallus, Reservations Manager at email@example.com to obtain a quote.
Kowanyama is a town on the Gulf of Carpentaria side of Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 census, Kowanyama had a population of 1,207 people.
The community is situated on the banks of the Magnificent, a tributary of the Mitchell River, 20 km inland from the coastline of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The township is accessed by an all-weather airstrip, as well as unsealed roads in the dry season from Pormpuraaw in the north, Normanton in the south and Cairns from the east.
In 1905, Trubanamen Mission was established inland on Topsy Creek, now known as the Old Mission. Aboriginal peoples of the region were gradually drawn from their ancestral lands into the mission settlement. Later, in 1916, Mitchell River Mission was founded on the present site of Kowanyama and the Trubanamen site abandoned. Some peoples continued to occupy their traditional lands, moving into Kowanyama as late as the 1940s.
With a population of over 1200 people, Kowanyama is the largest discrete Indigenous community on Cape York Peninsula being almost twice the size of nearby Pormpuraaw by population. In July 1987, the Queensland Government implemented legislation for a DOGIT over the lands in the Mitchell River delta, an area of 250 km².