It is relatively
expensive, for an
obvious reason - the mine.
built by Comalco mining company, and is now on Rio Tinto's mining
That means places to stay are not cheap.
And - there is not
much to choose from.
If you are after a good old traditional
Australian hotel - Weipa lacks one!
place that comes closest to it - with a public bar, is the Albatross
Hotel Resort in Trunding, and if you expected a country pub, the rooms
will not disappoint you.
The same - there are no real motels like you would be used to from
other parts of Australia.
that has a motel-like
setup where you can park your vehicle in front of your door, is the Ash
Palms, but they are priced as apartments (and that said one of the
flashest places in town).
The 'resort' of the town is the Heritage Resort in Nanum, but if you
expect the resort style like elsewhere in Australia, in Weipa you are
probably best off at Albatross.
The Heritage has friendly service and
clean rooms but is not a flash 'resort'.
And - also in Nanum - is a new addition to Weipa accommodation - the
Weipa Holiday Units. There are two apartments, each has two bedrooms to
sleep four to five people. Each is air conditioned, fully furnished and
serviced weekly. There are BBQ and laundry facilities as well as a
carport for three vehicles.
But most Cape York travellers look for somewhere to camp. The
place is the excellent, beach frontWeipa
Camping Ground. There is
another camping ground planned at Evans Landing but nothing is
Weipa camping ground also has the Beach
Front Lodge on the beach front, and some units in the
are very nice with great beach views and large lawns, and the place is
next door to the town's main shopping centre in Nanum.
Apartments Want to stay longer?
You gotta be keen! It is an expensive place and
not worth for most people unless you are a miner.
for long term accommodation at the Anchorage; enquire about
at the Camping Ground, or look into renting a flat.
Buy Weipa Real Estate
in many mining towns, renting is more common than owning (thanks to the
large number of workers).
suburbs with private houses do grow. Buying a place is
expensive, you do pay more than you would for the same house say in
camping ground is the only place to camp in Weipa.
And it is
great place to
is a spacious
camping ground right on the beachfront in Nanum,
and right next door to the town's largest shopping centre.
It has nice
camping spots, including the ones on the
The beach is nice, and not a bad place for a
walk or fishing.
Apart from camping sites Weipa Camping Ground
also has the beachfront
lodges that are very nice places to stay.
It is so far the only
camping ground in town, but there are plans for another
one in Evans Landing.
where you can look for more Weipa accommodation:
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