is the northernmost sizeable town in Queensland.
And it is the largest town in central and northern Cape York.
It is not a touristic
place, more than anything it is a
and consequently quite
industrial and expensive.
But its magnificent red soils,
blue waters and pink sunsets make it a beautiful
place, and its great
location in the middle of the wilderness on the western coast of Cape
York means that there is some great
fishing and wildlife watching.
So despite not being a touristic place, there is plenty to see and do in Weipa
Click on the above link to get to the different parts of the town and
the different areas and places just outside the town that are worth
The full list of places, and the full detail of all is in the
Destination Guide as always.
Things to Do
Click on the above link to get to the different things to do in and around the town.
Not only the fishing and the mine but also the tracks, the beaches, the
sunsets and the walks, the wildlife watching, and joining some local
Information And finally, here is some
information on Weipa and its history and weather, flights, where you
can stay, eat and drink,
and what opportunities there are for shopping (including markets). Again
all the full information about all that (with prices, opening hours and
contact details to all) is in the Destination Guide as always.
small remote places like Weipa, there are no tourist attractions, so
some different areas in and around the town become quite interesting
places to see :-)
In the southern parts of the town are the industrial Lorim
Point and Evans
Landing, west are the Lakes, Gonbung
Point and Kerr
North are Nanum,
And north of Rocky Point is Uningan
Nature Reserve, Mission
River and Andoom
As you first arrive, you come to the suburb of Lorim Point.
straight away you see the real face of Weipa - the export wharf with
massive ore carrier ships, and a big heap of red bauxite.
And - some beautiful red sand and blue water beaches with pandanus
Further north you can either take the straight road north to Nanum,
or you can turn left to Evans Landing
industrial suburb with lots of car mechanic workshops etc, but also
some beautiful coastal views with pelicans and a wharf that is great
If you turned left and kept going, you come the "back" way to Nanum,
past some beautiful coastal spots like Gonbung
Point and Kerr
then the lakes - Lake
Patricia and Lake
McLeod - great places to walk, picnic and watch birds.
first drive past the entrance to the town's only camping ground,
then come to Nanum
Shopping Centre - the
largest one in town.
There is also some
and behind the
shopping centre is the start of a walking track to Rocky Point.
next suburb is Trunding
- a mostly residential suburb with Albatross Hotel in the western end;
and in the eastern end of it, as you drive along the main road,
you pass by the town's Golf and Bowls Club.
next suburb north is Rocky
Point, where there are the town's swimming
pool and library, the Town Office, miners' accommodation
and some other facilities; and the
Rocky Point boat ramp - beautiful for both fishing and sunsets.
Nearby is the entrance to the
Pistol Club and Uningan
that covers an area
around the mouth of Uningan Creek and protects some
eucalypt woodlands and mangrove
of Rocky Point you come to a one lane bridge and Mission River - great for fishing.
North of the river are Andoom
Creek, Red Beach and the road to Bouchat, and further north are Vyces
Crossing, Stones Crossing,Pennefather,
Weipa makes almost no effort to get the tourists here - it
enough on mining.
itself has created
best 'tourist attraction' - the Weipa Mine.
And there aremany other things to do as you can
The mine itself used to be a Comalco mine, but now belongs to Rio Tinto Alcan. They mine
bauxite - a mineral that is then worked to extract aluminium
which amongst many other things is used to make beer cans.
Like all other mines, it has very strict safety rules, so you won't get
in there other than on tours (full detail about all these is in the
Like in the rest of Cape York,
Weipa beaches are not for
but they are good for fishing, watching sunsets, and other
activities. While there are many places to get to
in Weipa,some nice beaches are Nanum
Nanum and the beach south of Rocky Point.
Tracks around Weipa
There are also the tracks, not
only behind the beaches but also in and around the town and between
different parts of the town. While some take you to beaches, others
take you to creeks, mangroves and tidal plains - many places that are
good for fishing.
Weipa is one of the best places in Cape York to fish. There are
spots everywhere - on beaches, headlands, river mouths. Some of
favourite spots are next to Mission River and Andoom Creek bridges,
Evans Landing Wharf, Kerr Point and Red Beach.
if you have a
boat. There are boat ramps in
Evans Landing, Rocky Point,
and Misson River and Andoom Creek bridges.
You can also
hire a boat, and there are fishing tours
and charters - all listed with prices and contact details in the Destination
In addition to the above, Weipa also has a surprising amount
wildlife to see (all detail in
the Destination Guide), and particularly birds - a
is Australia's largest stork - jabiru. There are even wildlife watching tours,
all detail with prices, times and contact details is in the Destination
With all the beaches, tracks, bicycle and walking paths, it's easy to keep fit in Weipa. There is
a sealed walking path from Nanum
another one from Nanum to Evans Landing, and plenty of unsealed ones
around the lakes and everywhere. Plus some outdoors
exercise machines and of course the gym.
is also a great community - of mostly young active families, and there
consequently a lot of local community
and kids events.
From Colour Smash, Weipa
Parkrun and Running Festival to the Bullride and Fishing Classic (the
events are in the Destination Guide).
And finally - some more practical
information about where to shop, eat and stay.
And a little bit of information on Weipa's history - as you are
getting around, you might come across things like shell middens and totem poles.
These are obviously the
Aboriginal history, before the mine
was ever here and before the town as it is really existed.
History The town itself was
established about 50 years ago
when its bauxite deposit was found worth mining, and was built by the
mining company (Comalco at the time).
It is actually still on the mining lease and doesn't belong to the Cook
shire as most of the rest of the peninsula.
Markets and Shopping Thanks to the mine - the supermarket is actually better than in
so are some other shopping
opportunities (I do mean by the peninsula
standards so you cannot expect a shopping heaven in here!). Plus, a
couple of markets on some weekends are also a nice addition to the
shopping scene :-)
The restaurant scene is also
ok - you can get everything from fast food
to an a la carte meal from the town's establishments, and that
said - Weipa lacks an old traditional Aussie pub, there is a
hotel with a public bar but it hasn't got the old bush pub character
(all the detail about all the places is in the Destination Guide).
The accommodation is not
always five star but is what you would generally
expect in Cape York - it's from camping to dongas to cabins and hotel
rooms, and the full detail with all the places, addresses, phone
numbers, descriptions, facilities and exact prices (updated every
year), are in the Destination Guide.
Weipa Flights There is an airport here, and
you can fly directly to and from
Cairns, and of
course to other places
with a stopover in Cairns.
Season, when the roads are
closed, this is the only way to get here apart from boats (details in
So how would you go about looking for airline
tickets for your Weipa
flight, AND making sure you do get a good price?
The answer is
online. There is a page about the cheap
Cairns - the
same applies to Weipa. The search box in the end of
also does work for flights to Weipa.
Weipa Weather The
weather is mostly
like the weather on the rest
of Cape York
peninsula - a Dry and a Wet Season, and the Wet one has an early
and a late
early part brings thunderstorms, and the late one tends to mean just
plain monsoonal rain - which is also cyclone season. Being on the west
coast and in the Gulf Savannah usually means less destructive cyclones
than on the eastern coast.
There is camping, there are lodges - with and without swimming pools.
Some places are close to, or even have - a restaurant.
Could be something to
consider when deciding where to stay - here
is the Weipa
accommodation page, and the
full detail about every place is in the Destination Guide.
Eating and Drinking
There are clubs and a la carte restaurants,
There is takeaway - not only
the bakery but even mobile food vans.
And there is a cafe
with healthy meals - which is just great :-)
Markets and Shopping
There are a few disfferent kinds of
... post office, news agency and the usual,
... and of course the Tackle Shop
Sunsets and Beaches
The sunsets are fantastic just like in
other places on the west coast.
Just like Karumba, Darwin are famous for it - Weipa has some very
beautiful, colourful, really impressive ones.
The above four are only a
small part of my Weipa sunset photo collection and are taken from
Nanum, Albatross, Rocky Point Beach and Rocky Point :-)
There are also some tracks in and
around the town,
... to the beaches,
... to Putts Palms and Six Tunnels only to mention a few,
... and to some wetlands and tidal
plains north of the town.
But the best of all is of course
the fishing :-)
best spots include the
wharf at Evans
the boat ramp),
River (popular spot under
... and Andoom Creek
(near the bridge).
Plus north of Mission River,
there is Red
Beach and also some good mangrove creeks.
Other, less obvious
places are Lorim Point,
... Kerr Point and the
beaches west of, and at Weipa Camping Ground in Nanum.
Popular species as well as closed seasons, size limits and take and
limits are all in the full detail in the Destination
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