Cape York

The People

The distinctive features of the region’s people are that:

  • there are relatively few people (16,685 or 0.1% of the Australian population) in this area whish is nearly 2% of Australians or about half the size of Victoria (13.7 million hectares or 137,000 square kilometres)
  • 51% of the population belong to Aboriginal and Torres groups
  • 71% of people live in the eight towns of over 1,000 people, 25% live in settlements with less than 1000 people, and 4% live on properties
  • the indigenous peoples maintain a high level of cultural distinctiveness (e.g. language and traditional activities)

History and Influences