Mornington Island is the northernmost of 22 islands that form the Wellesley Islands group. The island is in the Gulf of Carpentaria and is part of the Gulf Country region in the Australian state of Queensland. The Manowar and Rocky Islands Important Bird Area lies about 40 kilometres to the north-west. Mornington Island is the largest of the islands, the largest settlement of which is Gunana on the south-west of the island.
The general topography of the island is flat with the maximum elevation of 500 feet (150 metres). The island is fringed by mangrove forests and contains 10 estuaries, all in near pristine condition. The population was estimated to be 1,007 in 2001 and most of the citizens live in the township of Gununa. Mornington Island is included in the Shire of Mornington local government area. Most of the islanders are Aboriginal.
Lardil (or Kunhanaamendaa) are the predominant clan group on Mornington Island and are the traditional owners of the land and surrounding seas. The Kaiadilt clan arrived more recently (1947) from nearby Bentinck Island, when that island’s water supply was contaminated by salt after a cyclone.
- In progress – Mornington Island native garden project – goal – collecting local native seeds and propagating them for distribution in community
- In progress – Hairdressing Salon – goal – to open a commercially sustainable hairdresser on Mornington Island
- Completed project – Foreshore regeneration project – open space parkland and erosion control measures