Weipa Australia


Weipa is the northernmost sizeable town in Queensland.

And it is the largest town in central Cape York.

It is not a touristic place.

More than anything it is a mining town, and consequently quite industrial and expensive.


But it is on some colourful land with bright red soils and surrounded by blue waters
, which makes even an industrial town look beautiful.


And - there is some great fishing to do!

weipa

Places in Weipa Australia
It is quite a spread-out town with a few different suburbs and places. 

South are 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.


weipa beaches

Weipa Beaches
Like in the rest of Cape York, Weipa beaches are not for swimming, but they are good for other beach activities and fishing

While you get to the shore in a lot of places in Weipa, some nice beaches are Nanum Beach in Nanum and Kumrunja Beach in Trunding.

weipa attractions

Weipa Attractions
Weipa makes almost no effort to get the tourists here - it thrives well enough on mining

But that itself has created the town's best tourist attraction - the tours to Weipa Mine. You won't get off the bus (for safety reasons), but you will see, and get to listen to how it all works.

weipa rio tinto alcan

Rio Tinto Alcan
The mine itself used to be a Comalco mine, but now belongs to Rio Tinto. 

Like all 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.

weipa fishing

Fishing
It's one of the best places in Cape York to fish. 
There are fishing 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.

weipa fishing adventures

Offshore Fishing
Even better 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 Guide.

things to do in weipa

Other Things to Do
Apart from mine tours and fishing, Weipa has a surprising amount of wildlife to see, and particularly birds - a good example 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.

weipa accommodation

Weipa Accommodation
There are not a lot of choices for places to stay, but there are a few. 
There is a resort in Nanum and a hotel in Trunding
, and there is the great   Weipa Camping Ground. So far it is the only place to camp in town, even though there are plans for another one.


fly to weipa

Cairns to 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. 

During the Wet Season,  when the roads are closed, this is the only way to get here apart from boats (details in the Destination Guide).


airline tickets weipa

Airline Tickets
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 - look online. Read the page about the cheap tickets to Cairns - the same applies to Weipa. The search box in the end of that page also does work for flights to Weipa.

weipa weather

Weather Forecast
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 phase

Here you have a page (coming soon) with the current weather forecast, updated every day.


weipa map

Interactive 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 outside 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.

Places to See

It 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 Point.

North are Nanum, Trunding and Rocky Point. And north of Rocky Point is Uningan Nature Reserve, Mission River and Andoom Creek.

weipa lorim point

Lorim Point
As you first arrive, you come to the suburb of Lorim Point.
And 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 palms. 

weipa evans landing

Evans Landing
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.


weipa lakes

The "Lakes" Road
If you turned left and kept going, you come the "back" way to Nanum, past some beautiful coastal spots like Gonbung Point and Kerr Point, and then Lake Patricia and Lake McLeod - great places to watch birds.



weipa nanum

Nanum

You first drive past the entrance to the town's only camping ground, and then come to Nanum Shopping Centre - the largest one in town.
There is also some accommodation, and behind the shopping centre is the start of a walking track to Rocky Point
.


weipa trunding

Trunding

The 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.

 
 
weipa rocky point

Rocky Point
The 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.



weipa uningan nature reserve

Uningan Nature Reserve
Nearby is the entrance to
the town's Pistol Club and Uningan Nature Reserve that covers an area around the mouth of Uningan Creek and protects some eucalypt woodlands and mangrove habitat.

 

weipa mission river

Mission River
and North
North 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, and Mapoon.

Weipa Fishing

Fishing is some of the best the whole Cape York.

Anywhere you watch, there is somebody fishing - it is one of the most popular things to do, both for locals and travellers.

And fishing is great up here.

You can catch queenfish, grunter, barramundi, salmon, cod, snapper, mangrove jack, trevally and spanish mackerel
, only to name some more common species.

As elsewhere, fishing is better from a boat, and there are places to hire one.

There are boat ramps at Evans Landing, Rocky Point, Mission River Bridge and Andoom Creek Bridge.

   weipa fishing mission river
    Mission River.

Some of the best spots include the wharf in Evans Landing

   weipa fishing evans landing wharf
    Evans Landing Wharf.

Rocky Point (near the boat ramp), Mission River (popular spot under the bridge), and Andoom Creek (near the bridge).

   weipa fishing mission river bridge
    Mission River bridge.

Other good places are Lorim Point, Gonbung Point,

   weipa fishing gonbung point
    Fishing near Gonbung Point.

... Humbug Point, Kerr Point ...

   weipa fishing kerr point
    Near Kerr Point.

... and the beaches west of, and at, Weipa Camping Ground in Nanum.

   weipa fishing nanum
    Near Nanum.

And north of Mission River, Red Beach is a good place.

   weipa fishing mission river bridge
    Weipa fishing.
 
As you may know there are fishing rules - closed seasons, size limits and take and possession limits are all in the full detail in the Destination Guide.

Weipa Weather Forecast

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 Dry season, and the Wet season has a distinctive Early and a distinctive Late stage
.

The early stage brings thunderstorms
, and the late one tends to mean just plain monsoonal rain.

In a bit more detail, I dare say Weipa gets thunderstorms a bit more than the places on the other, eastern coast.

Here is the forecast:


Weipa Map

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 "View on Google Maps

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