Burke Shire

Burke Shire, an area of 40,126 sq km, is on the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Its western boundary is the Northern Territory border, its eastern border is the Leichhardt River, and its southern boundary is an uneven line in the vicinity of Riversleigh. In addition to the Leichhardt River, the shire is drained by the Albert and Gregory Rivers which join as one waterway and pass through Burketown, 30 km inland from the Gulf. Burke Shire entirely surrounds the Doomadgee Aboriginal community which functions as a community council (see separate entry).

Further Reading: 

Michael Archer, Suzanne J. Hand and Henk Godthelp, Australia's lost world: Riversleigh, world heritage site, Sydney, Reed New Holland, 1991

Tourist information published by Burke Shire Council, nd


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