Weipa, situated on the western coast of Cape York on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria is the site of the world’s largest bauxite mine. With a population of approximately 3,500 Weipa enjoys a typical northern Australian tropical climate, with the wet season or rainy season occurring from November – April and the dry predominating for the remainder of the year.

The mid winter months are milder with daytime temperatures ranging from 16 – 30 deg and providing a very comfortable climate to escape the southern winters.

The town is well serviced with Woolworths shopping centre and a dozen specialty shops a hotel/motel and a resort and also a dedicated fishing lodge and camping ground with self contained cabins.

A new hospital, 2 private doctors and daily plane service from Cairns. A nine hole golf course and bowls club, pistol range, squash courts,motorcycle and speedway racing also compliment the town’s services.

As the majority of land around Weipa is Rio Tinto mining lease or under indigenous control, visitors need to ensure they observe access restrictions, and have all the necessary permits required when venturing out.

A Brief History of Weipa

The first recorded contact between Aboriginal and European people occurred near the Pennefather River about 50km north of the township in 1606.

Here, the Yupangati people first sighted sailors from the Dutch vessel “Duyfken” under the command of William Jantz.

Weipa township development began in 1965 when Comalco began to mine the extensive bauxite deposits that had been discovered in the area.

Today the town boasts the best and most comprehensive facilities on Cape York Peninsula, a real oasis for travellers and cattle station personnel. Live export of cattle sheep and goats occur regularly through the dry season. Weipa today is the hub of Cape York and a fun place to live.

Come to Weipa and let us show you just how good the fishing can be!