South of Weipa

So what is there to do south of Weipa?

Nowadays - not a lot. There used to be some nice camping, but the mines have closed it off.

A lot of the rest of the land is Aboriginal, so again permits are needed and restrictions apply. An exception to that is Merluna Station, where you can stay.


Right south of Weipa - so close it's also called Weipa South - is the Aboriginal community of Napranum

Easy access, sealed road, just leave your grog in town. There is a nice beach, a supermarket, a war monument and the so called Scarred Trees.


A lot further south of Weipa is another Aboriginal community, Aurukun

The road is not sealed, and the access is not easy - considering the strict permits you need, and on top of that there is nothing for travellers. Basically, it's not worth your time, if you are just a Cape York traveller. 

false pera head

Pera Heads and Amban
There used to be a reason to go, at least a good bit into the road to Aurukun. 

That was when the coastal camping spots were still open north of Aurukun. 
They were Pera Head, False Pera Head and Amban, but no mining lasts forever, so one day we can hope to get them back.

merluna station

Merluna Station
And the third type of land south of Weipa is private - as you can see from the signs of Merluna Station

While their station covers a large area (as they all do up this way), they do have a camping ground about 50km from the Peninsula Developmental Road south of Weipa, where you can stay.


Napranum is an Aboriginal community just south of Weipa.

It is easy to reach and the road is sealed.

There is not a lot for travellers, but it is a nice beach community and visitors are welcome to check it out.


If you are here on a sunny day, the beach is beautiful.

napranum beach

There is also a boat ramp, always a place to try fishing.
napranum boat ramp

There is a War Memorial,
napranum war memorial

... and there is the Ruckhook Cultural Ground.

napranum ruckhook

An interesting thing here is the historical scarred trees - with holes made to collect honey of native bees.

napranum scarred trees

They have been moved here from Weipa, from an area that now is mined, and will be moved back one day when the mining is over.

napranum supermarket

There is now (2014) even a new supermarket in Napranum, so you can enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach.


Aurukun is an Aboriginal community on the west coast.

It is one of the remotest of all Cape York communities, hundreds of kilometres from the closest town, Weipa.

It is also the strictest community with permissions, and despite that you'll see there is nothing much for travellers in this community.


There is the Sam Kerindun Snr Business Precint,

aurukun shire

... there is an arts centre,

aurukun arts centre

... there is the War Memorial,
aurukun war memorial aurukun war memorial

... and another monument ...
aurukun qld 4871

... at Archer River, which mouths at Aurukun,

archer river aurukun

... and its boat ramp is where locals go fishing.

aurukun fishing

There is a church,
aurukun mission

... a supermarket,
aurukun supermarket

... the Shire Council,

aurukun shire council

... and the Aurukun airport, so you can fly here,

flights to aurukun

... but you will see that there are not a lot for travellers.

Merluna Station

Merluna Station is a nice place to stay south of Weipa.

It is in central Cape York, along the Peninsula Developmental Road on the way to Weipa.

And it is the only place to stay in this area, until you actually get to Weipa.

merluna station turnoff

The turnoff is south of the turnoff to Aurukun.

merluna station road

A small road takes you in (there used to be two roads but the northern one is now closed off by Watson River Station),

merluna station

... and the owners are friendly and welcoming.
merluna station reception

There is cabin and donga accommodation,

merluna station accommodation

... as well as a camping round at Merluna Station.

merluna station camping ground

There is also a swimming pool, and meals can be ordered.

merluna station facilities

Merluna is a working cattle station and they also put on a few activities for those interested, amongst others they have station pet and cattle activities, as well as bow hunting packages.

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