The Laia were an indigenous Australian people of the state of Queensland.


In Norman Tindale's estimation, the Laia had 2,100 square miles (5,400 km2) of territory, ranging over the area to the north of the Palmer River, and east as far as the Great Dividing Range. Their western limits lay around the headwaters of the Alice River.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 179.


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