are some nice places to enjoy in the area north of Weipa.
thing is that a few different restrictions
apply and permits
in some parts.
reason is that the whole
area is either indigenous land or mining lease, and in
some places even
both at the same time.
of Mission River
North of Mission River just north of Weipa you soon cross a second
- Andoom Creek, and after that you have a short track to Red Beach, as
well as a longer one to Bouchat
Totem Poles which is also on the beach, and has a few
different camping spots.
of Andoom Mine
North of that you drive past the Andoom Mine, and turnoffs to
Betteridge Landing (currently no access due to mining) and Vyces
Crossing which (on the photo in late Dry) is a great spot
during the Wet, and early Dry season. It is both
on indigenous land and mining lease at the same time.
and Stones Crossing
Further north you have the turnoff to a nice area called Barrage and Stones
many tracks and different swimming, fishing and camping spots (not
free, permits needed).
Behind it is
Steve Irwin land, but there will be
a track from here to Bramwell Junction.
River and Beach
Back on the main road north of Weipa, the next turnoff north is
Pennefather river mouth - another
enjoyable fishing and camping
There are even some sandy drives between the river
mouth and the nearby beach, and just like the Stones Crossing above,
permits are needed.
Back on the main road north of Weipa, you will drive past some spots
like Clough's Landing boat ramp, as well as
Batavia Landing and Batavia Outstation.
Every one of
the three is on a
different kind of land with own rules and restrictions.
Finally up in Mapoon there is camping and fishing at Cullen Point,
there is the Back Beach, Janie Creek, and a beach drive to the old
also has an old and sad history, which you can nowadays learn about at
the historical site of Old Mapoon.
totem poles is a camping spot north of Weipa.
can do some fishing
too, if the tide is high.
There are also totem
poles, but don't expect them to be historical.
Totem poles is a north American native thing - not Australian.
And that said, they are
worth checking out. You get
in there from the road
to Red Beach,
north of Mission River and Andoom Creek.
You drive through woodland for a while, before you reach the beach where the poles are.
Bouchat totem poles may not be historical,
... but on a sunnier day they can still make good photos.
And they do have carvings,
which obviously mean things.
Keep driving and not far you come to the first camping spot.
It's a little away from the beach, there is shade and toilets.
And the next one is a
spot on the beach (the tide on the pics is very low).
is needed and fees
apply for camping.
Crossing is a small place north of Weipa.
really mostly a swimming
hole, but the thing is that there obviously
needs to be water! Well
enough into the Dry
Season it is unfortunately dry, meaning it is
the best when it is not
the busiest travelling season.
Also called Negwer, it is an important
story place for local Aboriginal people (during the Wet
you understand why!).
And it also contains some scarred
trees like some other places around Weipa.
It's a little track in,
... until you get to the swim
Crossing is on both
Aboriginal land and mining lease, so rules and restrictions apply.
Crossing is a great spot.
actually more than a spot - it's an area of many different spots to enjoy camping, fishing or just
discovering the area. Not too
far from Weipa, even
for the locals this is a
great weekend getaway.
After a few turnoffs north of Weipa
you are on a track, which is not a
hard drive during the Dry season.
After a bit of a drive you come to the first spot.
And a little bit later is the
Then there is a bit of an area of a
... before you come to another spot great
for a cool dip.
After that there is a
... and then there is a last spot where you can fish but it's not
On the way back out, after the first spot,
... there is a little
loop track ...
... that goes to a few more great
spots, and the actual
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