Aurukun is a local authority, one of two Aboriginal communities in Queensland which is not governed by a Deed of Grant in Trust. The key reason to visit Aurukun, apart from supplies, is the wonderful Art Centre which supplies galleries all over Australia.
Have a look at the white board where orders are waiting to be filled - you will be impressed. Aurukun art work is well represented in Brisbane's Queensland Art Gallery with the Cape York collection. On site here you can see traditional carvers and basket weavers. You can talk to artists and get an up-close dose of culture. The air-conditioned exhibition area has pieces on display.
You must plan a journey to Aurukun so you can be out before sundown so you don't contravene the Council's 'no camping' policy.
The access road into Arukun community is a main road but all other roads are Council roads which require permission to access. While Aurukun has a shop, fuel outlet, medical centre and police station, do not expect to visit the Gulf of Carpentaria. There is no public access to the ocean.
The community's site close to the Ward, Archer and Watson Rivers offers future tourism potential.
Aurukun has an Alcohol Management Plan (AMP). AMPs aim to reduce alcohol-related violence.
AMPs vary from community to community. They include alcohol restrictions, home brew bans and dry place declarations which operate within a defined boundary, known as a 'restricted area'. These strategies set the quantity and type of alcohol you may possess in the restricted area.
Penalties apply for possessing or attempting to bring illegal alcohol into a restricted area.
To find out more about AMPs for each community, visit the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs web site.
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