11th-14th October 2021
Girringun Aboriginal Corporation is located at Cardwell, half-way between Townsville and Cairns in
north-Queensland. The corporation represents the interests of traditional owners from nine tribal groups: Bandjin, Djiru, Girramay, Gugu Badhun, Gulnay, Jirrbal, Nywaigi, Warrgamay and Warungnu.
Girringun Aboriginal Corporation has been active in the north-Queensland community since its incorporation
in 1996, contributing significantly to the advancement of Indigenous affairs. Girringun was instrumental in negotiating better land and sea management outcomes, in the process, laying the foundations for other traditional owner groups looking to do the same. The successful development of Australia’s first Traditional
Use of Marine Resources Agreement is one such example of Girringun in action.
Girringun Aboriginal Corporation was influential in the Queensland Government decision to rename Lumholz National Park. After almost a decade of negotiating with the government, the park was renamed Girringun National Park in 2003 in recognition of the connection that the nine tribes of Girringun have with the land.
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Travel within Australia
Regional restriction measures in place Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine.
Protecting Aboriginal Australia.
Our Elders are our living library and national treasures. We have taken steps to ensure the safety of our community is first and foremost. If you are feeling unwell or have been in recent contact with someone who has had COVID like symptoms, please put in place an individual management plan, which can include testing, pre-travel isolation, social distancing and wearing of facemasks. Help us keep our communities safe.
COVID-19 help in Australia
If you need help, or have COVID-19 symptoms
when you arrive in Cardwell, call the
COVID-19 Helpline 1800 020 080
or visit the following links;
national COVID-19 website
Here's some information to assist in your travel logistics and to get the most out of your experience.
Mission Beach is a two-hour coastal drive south on the Bruce Hwy from Cairns and a
three-hour drive north from Townsville. You can fly to either of these location from Brisbane, and other capital cities and regional destinations across Australia.
Flight Option 1: Cairns airport is the closest International (and domestic) airport. || 138.9kms
Services between Cairns and Mission Beach, QLD, Australia
Bus: Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Cairns to Mission/Wongaling Beach. Tickets cost $17 - $32
and the journey takes around 2h. Premier Motor Service also
services this route once daily.
Train: Alternatively, the Spirit of Queensland departs Cairns Central Station to Mission Beach 5 times a week. Tickets range between
$99 - $120 and the journey takes 3hrs (includes transit).
Car: Car rental is available from the airport. The drive from Cairns
to Mission Beach is approximately 1.46 hours.
Flight Option 3: Townsville airport is the domestic airport. || 234.7kms
Services between Townsville and Mission Beach, QLD, Australia
Bus: Greyhound Australia operates a bus from Townsville to Mission/Wongaling Beach three times a day. Tickets cost $52 - $56
and the journey takes around 3h50m. Premier Motor Service also
services this route once daily.
Train: Alternatively, the Spirit of Queensland departs Townsville Station to Missio/Wongaling Beach 5 times a week. Tickets range between $99 - $150 and the journey takes 4hrs17m (includes transit).
Car: Car rental is available from the airport. The drive from Townsville
to Mission Beach is approximately 2.47 hours.
The Conference is being held at the Mission Beach Resort
Lot 4 Wongaling Beach Road, Wongaling Beach, QLD
68 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and electric kettles, plus free WiFi and patios. Guests will also find flat-screen TVs, free bottled water, and safes.
The venue features, 2 restaurants, this resort has 4 outdoor pools and 3 bars/lounges, free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, a free area shuttle, and a free shopping centre shuttle. In addition to the conference space, a children's pool, and laundry facilities are onsite.