Come to the Cape!
Thinking of visiting Weipa? Great idea. Weipa is the gateway to the western Cape York region, which offers visitors an exciting mix of beautiful beaches, wilderness adventures, fabulous fishing and rich cultural heritage.
It’s the perfect place to get off the beaten track and re-discover your sense of adventure.
What to do
There’s no shortage of things to do in the area, and most of them involve outdoor activities and stunning surroundings.
Fishing and Eco Tours
The Cape is home to some of Australia’s best fishing spots, so leave time in your visit to drop a line or two in
our pristine creeks and rivers, or out in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Several fishing charter companies operate out of Weipa and there are boats available for hire. Eco Tours provide sightseeing on the river and sunset tours as well.
Back to nature:
Why not surround yourself with serenity and take a picnic to Lake Patricia? The lake attracts a diverse range of birdlife as does neighbouring Lake McLeod.
As the sun sets on another beautiful Cape day, take a sunset walk along the beach, or enjoy a night out at our restaurants and clubs.
Culture and mine tours:
Fancy something different? Then visit the Cultural Centre on the Embley River, or take a bus tour of the mine and see how bauxite is mined and transported.
Weipa is a little over 800km from Cairns, via the Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR). It’s a good idea to check the condition of the road prior to travelling, especially during the wet season when heavy rain can cause it to close.
It is also possible for you to send your vehicle by sea via the Cairns to Weipa barge.
A daily Qantaslink air service operates from Weipa to Cairns, from where you can connect with southern flights. A regular Skytrans service provides a link to Bamaga and Horn Island and Cairns. Weipa Airport is located just 15 mins from the township.
There are also several charter airlines servicing Weipa which are available for passenger and freight transport.
While roads within Weipa township are sealed, four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended for travel outside the township.
There are two rental car companies operating in Weipa, and the Black and White Taxi Service also services the township. Bicycles can be hired locally.
Supplies and services
Weipa has all the supplies and services you need to restock on your journey, including food, 4WD and camping supplies, automobile repair operators, and fishing and tackle supplies.
Where to stay
There are some great accommodation options in Weipa, including resorts, motels, apartments and a beachfront campground with added unit facilities. Camping within Weipa township is only permissible at this camping ground.
Camping outside of Weipa
Weipa Town Authority does not issue permits for camping areas outside our township, so please contact the appropriate local council or authority for details:
- Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council
- Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council
- Department of National Parks Sport and Racing
Alcohol Management Plan
Alcohol Management Plans exist throughout the Cape York area. It’s important to understand these restrictions before you visit, as heavy fines may apply to breaches.
Find out more here
Crocodiles inhabit the waterways in and around Weipa. It is important to remain vigilant when around bodies of water. Any sightings of crocodiles, within the township of Weipa, should be reported to the Department of Environment and Hertiage Protection. See the Crocwise brochure for more information or go to
Additional Tourist Resources
Qld Government traffic and travel information http://131940.qld.gov.au/Home.aspx
Weipa and Western Cape Tourism https://www.facebook.com/weipaandwesterncapetourism
For further information on road conditions