Pormpuraaw is a community of over 600 people in Western Cape York about 680km from Cairns. Pormpuraaw was established in 1938 as an Anglican Church mission originally called Edward River. The Community Council assumed local government responsibilities in 1986 and renamed the community to the current Pormpuraaw which was taken from the local dreamtime story about a burnt hut, or "Pormpur" in traditional owners' Kuuk Thaayorre language. It is frequently misspelt as Pompuraaw but the correct spelling is actually Pormpuraaw.
This is a vibrant community with services including the health care centre, child care centre, women's shelter, home and community care service, library, cultural centre and an arts centre. The Pormpuraaw State School has an 'Adopt-a-Cop' program with a police officer regularly visiting the school. The justice centre is the venue for the magistrate courts and a local Justice of the Peace presides over council by-law offences. Pormpuraaw also has an innovative family-led program for intervention in alcohol and substance with a Community Rehabilitation Centre called Roworr. This centre is supported by Federal and State Government and the Pormpur Paanth Aboriginal Corporation.
The community is serviced by regular Skytrans flights that land at the Pormpuraaw airport on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. The Skytrans flight takes about 1.5hrs to reach Pormpuraaw (Edward River) from Cairns and also stops at Kowanyama. Check in at Pormpuraaw is at the Skytrans Agency at the Business Center next to the water tower. Pormpuraaw is a long distance from anywhere, and during the the wet season the road can be cut for a number of months and the Skytrans service is the only access. The airport is considered an all-weather facility with 24hr, 7 day per week access for charter flights.
For visitors to Pormpuraaw there are a number of facilities and services which may assist you during your visit. The Council operates the Pormpuraaw Guest House which has two single occupancy rooms and some shared accommodation. The facilities are self-contained with a kitchenette and laundry. Reservations are made through the Pormpuraaw Shire Council website.
If you are coming to Pormpuraaw to see the region and do some camping, there are three public camping areas:
Bookings are essential and numbers are limited. Campsite bookings can be made by downloading a form on the Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Council web-site. Typically camping in Pormpuraaw is open each year from the 1st February to the 7th October and are related to when the road is dry enough to permit access.
Other things you may need to know to make your stay in Pormpuraaw go smoothly: