Fisherman on beach at dusk
Pajinka Beach

Weipa and Cape York

Sitting on North Queensland’s Albatross Bay, Weipa is the gateway to the Western Cape York Peninsula. Still an operating mining town, Weipa is also a world-renowned fishing destination and is considered the barramundi capital of Australia.

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Places to stay

There is a variety of hotels, motels, resorts and self-contained cabins to choose from when staying in Wepia. However, it's all about the outdoors so bring a tent and spend a night camping on the beachfront at Weipa Caravan Park and Camping Ground. They’ll also help out with tours of the region. If you’re into fishing or spending time on the water, enquire about renting a houseboat. 

rocks on waters edge

Things to do

With its relaxed lifestyle and cultural heritage, Weipa is a mining town with a difference. The highlight for many visitors is the Western Cape Cultural Centre where you can learn about the history of Weipa and the surrounding region, and marvel at the Indigenous artwork exhibit.

One of the most popular activities in Cape York 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.

Take a bus trip to the Weipa Mine to see how bauxite is mined or head to neighbouring Lake Patricia - great place to walk and bird-watch. Take a picnic and make use of the picnic and barbecue facilities on site.

As crocodiles are common in the region, be sure to seek advice and exercise caution when choosing campsites and activities.

Getting around

From the airport

Weipa Airport is located approximately 10 minutes’ drive from the town centre. Hire cars and taxis are available at the terminal. 

Please be advised that Weipa Airport will be closed for runway maintenance work between 28 August and 30 September 2019. During this period all flights will operate out of the nearby RAAF Base Scherger. You'll experience an extended total travel time which includes bus transfers in both directions between Weipa Airport Terminal and the RAAF Base Scherger.

Around town

Taxis service the city, or rent a bike. Explore the wider Cape York Peninsula by hire car, but check with the Western Cape Cultural CentreOpens external site to plan your route before heading off as road closures during the wet season are common.

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Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

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