The Madjandji, also known as the Majañji,[1] are indigenous Australian people in the area south of Cairns in the state of Queensland.


The Madjandji spoke Madjay, now classified as a dialect of Yidiny.


The Madjandji were rain-forest dwellers, inhabiting a small territory, estimated by Norman Tindale at some 150 square miles (390 km2), in the area north of the mouth of the Russell River. Their inland extension to the west lay at Babinda. Their northern limits approached Deeral. The Madjandji had close ties to the Wanjuru people to their south.

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  1. ^ Dixon 2015, p. 11.
  2. ^ Tindale 1974, p. 179.