The region of Queensland is home to diverse Aboriginal communities and cultures that encompass hundreds of language groups. There are varied and dramatic environments – from the lush rainforest to low savannah, saltpans and mangrove deltas – with complex seasonal patterns. The colonial history of Queensland differs in many aspects to the rest of Australia, but it retains some of its most dire consequences: influenza, mining, pastorialism and ultimately, the death and displacement of Indigenous peoples. Despite this, many communities have retained their unique cultural and artistic traditions, including Lockhart River; 800 kilometres north of Cairns, and the Torres Strait Islands; between Cape York Peninsula and Papua New Guinea.
Image: Cape York, Queensland © Bryan Clode