Where is Weipa?
Weipa is situated on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, on the Gulf of Carpentaria. It sits around 200km from Australia’s northern tip and about 800km from Cairns by road (or 500km by air). You can view a map of the western Cape region here
Despite the distance from other major cities, the Weipa township contains most of the facilities and conveniences of modern living.
The weather in Weipa
Weipa enjoys a tropical climate, with two distinct seasons – the ‘wet’ and the ‘dry’. The wet season brings monsoonal rains and humidity between November and April, while the ‘dry’ season from May to October tends to be warm and dry. On average, Weipa receives 2,051mm of rain annually, with 97% of that falling in the wet season. Average temperatures are between 18ºC and 36ºC all year round.
There are a number of other communities located relatively closely to Weipa, including the Indigenous communities of Napranum, Mapoon and Aurukun.
- Napranum is located 13km southwest of Weipa, and means ‘meeting place’. Today it is home to approximately 1000 people.
- Mapoon is located 75km north of Weipa, and is a community of approximately 260 people. The name can be translated as "place where people fight on the sand-hills".
- Aurukun is located 178km south of Weipa and is home to approximately 1100 people.