Get off the beaten track to this remote region and experience untouched beaches, rugged wilderness and a rich cultural heritage.
Sitting on North Queensland’s Albatross Bay, WeipaOpens external site in a new window is the gateway to the Western Cape York PeninsulaOpens external site in a new window.
Still an operating mining town, Weipa is also a world-renowned fishing destination and is considered the barramundi capital of Australia.
It’s all about the outdoors in this part of the country. Here are some activities we recommend for your holiday to-do list.
- Join a fishing charter and catch a barramundi at one of the many fishing sites inland or along the coast.
- Explore mining history, shopping and local sites or marvel at the sunset with Western Cape EcotoursOpens external site in a new window.
- Learn about the history of Weipa and the surrounding region at the Western Cape Cultural CentreOpens external site in a new window overlooking the Embley River.
- See how bauxite is mined and transported on a bus tour of the Weipa MineOpens external site in a new window
- Visit Lake Patricia - a great place for bird-watching and a popular picnic spot.
Rugged wilderness, fascinating culture and fishing hotspots - try something new in Western Cape York.
In and around Weipa
With its relaxed lifestyle and cultural heritage, Weipa is a mining town with a difference.
The highlight for most visitors is the Western Cape Cultural Centre which exhibits Indigenous artwork and offers tourist information. Be sure to check the websiteOpens external site in a new window before visiting as opening hours vary season to season.
Neighbouring Lake Patricia offers a great place to walk and bird-watch. Take a picnic and make use of the picnic and barbecue facilities on site.
There are plenty of dining options in town as well as a variety of hotels, motels and resorts to choose from - or bring a tent and spend a night camping on the beachfront at Weipa Caravan Park and Camping GroundOpens external site in a new window, who also offer tours.
As crocodiles are common in the region, be sure to seek advice and exercise caution when choosing campsites and activities.
Fishing in Cape York
Cape York is all about the outdoors - and one of the most popular activities here is fishing.
Whether you charter a boat, join a tour or sit on the shore - join fishing enthusiasts from all over the world to throw in a line at sites like Gonbung Beach, Kerr Point, Evans Landing and Wallaby Island as well as on fresh water creeks and riverbeds.
Barramundi is the most famous catch in the region, but you’ll also find salmon, cod, trevally and snapper.
The fishing supplies store Tackle World WeipaOpens external site in a new window is located in town and can help with everything you need. Many roads in Cape York are closed during the wet season, so be sure to seek advice at the Western Cape Cultural Centre before driving long distances.
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Weipa experiences two distinct seasons - the wet and the dry season. The dry season runs from May to October and is typically warm and dry. Between November and April the wet season brings humidity and monsoonal rain and averages temperatures range from 18ºC and 36ºC throughout the year.
From the airport
Weipa Airport is approximately ten minutes’ drive from the town centre and taxis are available from the terminal.
In and around the city
Black and white taxis service the city, or rent a bike and find your own way around the town centre. The best way to explore the wider Cape York Peninsula is by hire car, but be sure to check with the Western Cape Cultural CentreOpens external site in a new window to plan your route before heading off as road closures during the wet season are common.
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