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Mornington Island
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Mornington Island

Mornington Island is a remote island located in the Gulf of Carpentaria, in the far north of Queensland, Australia. It is the largest of 22 islands in the Wellesley Islands group, and is home to the Kunibidji Aboriginal people, who are the traditional custodians of the land.

The island is approximately 70 km long and 20 km wide, and is surrounded by the waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Indian Ocean. It is a low-lying island, with an average elevation of just 10 metres. The island is fringed by mangroves and is covered with a variety of vegetation, including eucalyptus, casuarina trees and melaleuca.

The first European to explore the island was Captain Phillip Parker King in 1819. The Kunibidji people were also visited by missionaries in the late 19th century, and in the 1930s the government established a Lutheran mission on the island.

The island is a popular holiday destination, with its beautiful beaches, fishing and boating opportunities, and its unique wildlife. It is home to a variety of bird species, including the rare white-breasted sea eagle, and is a sanctuary for dugongs, turtles and dolphins.

In the past, the island has been the site of a number of important historical events. In 1936, the Kunibidji people signed a Deed of Grant in Trust, which gave them title to their land. In the 1970s, the island was the site of a major Aboriginal land rights campaign, which resulted in the granting of native title to the Kunibidji people in 1985.

Today, Mornington Island is an important cultural and spiritual centre for the Kunibidji people, and a popular destination for tourists and visitors. With its stunning scenery, vibrant culture and rich history, Mornington Island is one of Australia’s most unique and beautiful destinations.

Excursion tips for a day in Mornington Island

As a tourist in Mornington Island in Australia, there are plenty of activities to enjoy on a day trip. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Take a guided tour of the local historical sites, such as the ruins of the old mission station and the nearby Aboriginal rock paintings.

2. Visit the local art gallery, which features works by Indigenous artists.

3. Take a boat tour of the nearby islands, such as Bentinck Island, and explore the diverse wildlife.

4. Enjoy a picnic at one of the many beaches, such as the stunning Ngarru Beach.

5. Spend the day fishing off the coast and try your luck at catching barramundi.

6. Visit the nearby national park and take a bushwalk to explore the flora and fauna.

7. Take a guided tour of the local mangrove forests and learn about the unique ecosystem.

8. Spend the day birdwatching and look out for some of the rare and endangered species.

9. Visit the local museum and learn about the history and culture of the region.

10. Relax and enjoy the stunning sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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The climate in Mornington Island

Mornington Island in Australia has a tropical climate, with hot and humid summers, mild and relatively dry winters, and two distinct wet seasons. During summer (December to February), temperatures range from 21-32°C, with high humidity and occasional thunderstorms. Autumn (March to May) is milder, with temperatures ranging from 17-30°C, and the occasional tropical cyclone. Winter (June to August) is relatively dry and cooler, with temperatures ranging from 16-26°C. Spring (September to November) is warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from 17-31°C and frequent thunderstorms.

Cruise weather for Mornington Island

Our weather forecast for Mornington Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 22.4 °C
min: 19 °C
32.8 m/s
40.7 m/s
26.9 %
24.1 m
39.9 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 20.5 °C
min: 17.8 °C
34.6 m/s
40.3 m/s
14.7 %
24.1 m
39.1 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 19.7 °C
min: 16.5 °C
36.4 m/s
43.6 m/s
83.9 %
24.1 m
38.3 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 22.0 °C
min: 16.4 °C
29.2 m/s
39.6 m/s
70.0 %
24.1 m
45.2 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 23.1 °C
min: 17.1 °C
21.6 m/s
33.1 m/s
25.1 %
24.1 m
39.5 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 24.0 °C
min: 18.2 °C
33.1 m/s
45.8 m/s
14.4 %
24.1 m
39.9 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 22.7 °C
min: 18.8 °C
31.3 m/s
47.5 m/s
3.7 %
24.1 m
52.4 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 25.6 °C
min: 18.7 °C
22.3 m/s
34.9 m/s
1.3 %
24.1 m
59.7 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 25.8 °C
min: 18.8 °C
20.9 m/s
21.2 m/s
2.7 %
24.1 m
68.2 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 26.5 °C
min: 19.9 °C
20.2 m/s
27.4 m/s
42.7 %
24.1 m
59.7 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 25.8 °C
min: 22 °C
32.0 m/s
52.2 m/s
79.5 %
24.1 m
42.9 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 24.7 °C
min: 20.1 °C
37.1 m/s
53.6 m/s
25.6 %
24.1 m
41.3 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 23.7 °C
min: 19.4 °C
37.4 m/s
50.4 m/s
4.7 %
24.1 m
48.1 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 27.1 °C
min: 20.7 °C
26.3 m/s
44.3 m/s
76.4 %
24.1 m
59.5 %
1,012 hPa

Cruises to Mornington Island

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Scheduled ship calls in Mornington Island, Australia
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