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Kamerunga - Caravonica and District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Kamerunga - Caravonica and District is 3,212, with a population density of 0.57 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Kamerunga - Caravonica and District is bounded by the locality of Ellis Beach and the suburbs of Palm Cove, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach and Smithfield in the north, Brinsmead-Kamerunga Road, the Captain Cook Highway, the Barron River and the Kuranda Scenic Railway line in the east, the suburbs of Freshwater and Redlynch and Barron Gorge National Park in the south, and the Tablelands Regional Council area in the west.

Name origin

Kamerunga is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word for the Barron Gorge. Caravonica is named after an original estate in the area, which was named after a town in Italy.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1880s, with land used mainly for farming. Significant development did not occur until the 1980s. The population increased substantially between 1991 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly in the townships of Caravonica and Kamerunga. The population was relatively stable between 2006 and 2011, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Kamerunga - Caravonica and District is a rural and national park area, with residential areas in the townships of Caravonica and Kamerunga.

Major features

Major features of the area include Barron Gorge National Park, Kuranda National Park, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Kamerunga Conservation Park, Kuranda Scenic Railway, the Barron River, Lake Placid, Bunny Adair Park, Kamerunga Environmental Park and two schools.

Included areas

Kamerunga - Caravonica and District includes the localities of Barron, Barron Gorge, Caravonica, Kamerunga and Macalister Range.