The Wiri were an Aboriginal Australian people of an area on the eastern side of the state of Queensland. They spoke a dialect of the Biri language called Wiri (also known as Widi).


The Wiri's tribal lands spread over some 5,200 square kilometres (2,000 sq mi) from the Coast Range east of the coastal area around Mackay and running inland as far as Nebo and the headwaters of the Bowen and Suttor rivers. They took in both the Connor and Denham ranges. Wiri territory was basically rainscrub, with drier country on its western flank.[1]

A Traditional Owner Reference Group consisting of representatives of the Yuwibara, Koinmerburra, Barada Barna, Wiri, Ngaro, and those Gia and Juru people whose lands are within Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday Isaac (MWI) region, helps to support natural resource management and look after the cultural heritage sites in the area.[2]


Main article: Wiri language

Wiri is a dialect of the Biri language, also spelt Wirri, Widi, Widi, Wierdi, Wirdi, Witi, and also known as Gongolo.[3]

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  1. ^ Tindale 1974, p. 190.
  2. ^ "Traditional Owners". Reef Catchments. 9 September 2020. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  3. ^ E57 Wiri at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies