Lorim Point and Evans Landing, west are the lakes and
north are Nanum, Trunding, Rocky Point and Mission River. North from
here are Red Beach and the road to Mapoon.
Like in the rest of Cape York, Weipa beaches are not for
but they are good for other
activities and fishing.
While you get
to the shore
in a lot of
places in Weipa, some nice beaches are Nanum
Nanum and Kumrunja Beach in Trunding.
Weipa makes almost no effort to get the tourists here - it thrives well
enough on mining.
itself has created
best tourist attraction - the tours to Weipa Mine. You won't get off the bus
reasons), but you will see, and get to listen to
how it all works.
The mine itself used to be a Comalco mine, but now belongs to Rio Tinto.
other mines, it has very strict safety
rules, so you won't get in there
other than on
the tour above. They mine
bauxite - a mineral that is then worked to extract aluminium
which amongst many other things is used in beer cans.
It's one of the best places in Cape York to fish.
spots everywhere - on beaches, headlands, river mouths.
Some of the
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
Apart from mine tours and fishing, Weipa has a surprising amount
wildlife to see, and particularly birds - a
is Australia's largest stork - jabiru.
Another thing you can do is to go for a walk - there is a track from Nanum
to Trunding, and a few more.
There are not a lot of choices for places to stay, but there are a
There is a resort in Nanum and a hotel in Trunding, and there is the great
Ground. So far it is the only place to camp in town, even though there are plans
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. Read the page about the cheap
Cairns - the
same applies to Weipa. The search box in the end of
also does work for flights to Weipa.
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
Here you have
page (coming soon) with
the current weather forecast, updated every day.
Map Here you
have an interactive
map of the town. You can zoom it in and out, you can open it in a new
window, and you can discover places
Weipa by moving around with your cursor.
And you can
also see the
whole thing as
a satellite image by clicking in the bottom left hand corner.
is quite a spread-out
town with a few different parts of the town.
South 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 cargo ships, and a big heap of red bauxite.
And - the 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
Point - another
industrial suburb with lots of car mechanic shops etc, but also
some beautiful coastal views and a wharf that is great for fishing.
If you turned left and kept going, you come the "back" way to Nanum,
past some beautiful coastal spots like Gonbung
Point and Kerr
Patricia and Lake
McLeod - great places to 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 some good fishing spots near the
Rocky Point boat ramp.
Nearby is the entrance to the town's
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, very
popular with fishing.
North of the river are Andoom
Creek, Red Beach and the road to Bouchat, and further north are Vyces
Crossing, Stone Crossing,Pennefather,
is some of the best the whole Cape York.
watch, there is somebody fishing
- it is one of the most popular things to do, both for locals and
And fishing is great up
You can catch queenfish,
mangrove jack, trevally
and spanish mackerel, only to name some
more common species.
fishing is better from a boat, and there are places to hire one. There
are boat ramps
Landing, Rocky Point, Mission River Bridge and Andoom Creek Bridge.
best spots include the
wharf in Evans
Rocky Point (near
the boat ramp), Mission
River (popular spot under
bridge), and Andoom Creek
(near the bridge).
places are Lorim Point,
Point, Kerr Point ...
... and the beaches west of, and at, Weipa Camping Ground
And north of Mission River, Red
is a good place.
As you may know there are fishing
- closed seasons, size limits and take and
limits are all in the full detail in the Destination
But what is the weather in Weipa like?
In the big picture
it is the
same as the rest of Cape York peninsula.
There is the Wet and the
and the Wet season has a distinctive Early and a distinctive Late stage.
The early stage brings thunderstorms, and the late one tends to
plain monsoonal rain. In a bit
I dare say Weipa gets
a bit more than the places on the other,
Here is the forecast:
You can zoom it in and out
by using the plus and minus signs in the bottom right hand corner.
You can move around
by pulling the map with your cursor.
You can see the satellite
image by clicking on "Sat" in the bottom left hand corner. And you can open the map
in a new window to see it in a much larger - the whole screen view - by clicking on
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