Port Musgrave

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Port Musgrave
The south shore of Port Musgrave,
near Mapoon Aboriginal Community
Port Musgrave is located in Queensland
Port Musgrave
Port Musgrave
Location of Port Musgrave in Queensland
Location Far North Queensland
Coordinates 11°57′11″S 141°55′26″E / 11.95306°S 141.92389°E / -11.95306; 141.92389Coordinates: 11°57′11″S 141°55′26″E / 11.95306°S 141.92389°E / -11.95306; 141.92389
Type Estuarine bay
Etymology In honour of Sir Anthony Musgrave
Part of Port Musgrave Aggregation DIWA nationally important wetland
River sources
Ocean/sea sources
Basin countries Australia
Surface elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Frozen never
Settlements Mapoon
References [1]

Port Musgrave is a shallow, almost enclosed, estuarine bay located on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland, Australia.

Two major rivers, the Wenlock and the Ducie discharge into it. The bay itself and the area surrounding it is defined as the Port Musgrave Aggregation DIWA nationally important wetland. The surrounding area is rich in freshwater swamps, while the estuary itself has tidal flats and mangroves, including stands of the Nipa Palm. It is an important breeding area for saltwater crocodiles. The small Aboriginal community of Mapoon lies on the southern shore of the bay.[2]

The bay was discovered by Europeans in 1887 by Hugh Milinan and Edward Cullen who named the bay in honour of Sir Anthony Musgrave,[3][4][5] at the time, the Governor of Queensland.

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  1. ^ "Map of Port Musgrave, QLD". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Identification of Regional Nature Conservation Values in Cape York" (PDF). Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Queensland Government. 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Port Musgrave (entry 23654)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  4. ^ McKay, Gordon R. (1981). Cullen, Edward Alexander Ernest (1861–1950). Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Port Musgrave and the Batavia and Ducie Rivers". The Brisbane Courier. 2 July 1887. Retrieved 11 December 2015 – via National Library of Australia.