Weipa is a vibrant, sustainable coastal community of approximately 3,500 people. The township is located at Albatross Bay on the western Cape York Peninsula, between the Mission and Embley Rivers.
This region of the western Cape York Peninsula is rich in both natural beauty and cultural heritage. It is home to a number of different Traditional Owner groups, each contributing to the unique diversity of the area.
Weipa is the ideal base to explore the Cape’s many attractions. Stunning beaches, unspoilt wilderness and unrivalled fishing make this a paradise for both visitors and residents alike.
The Weipa region is extremely rich in bauxite, with much of the surrounding land around the township leased to the Rio Tinto mining company. Rio Tinto Weipa is a major contributor to the regional economy, making significant investments in local infrastructure.
Rio Tinto owns and operates the Weipa bauxite mine, holding two leases that span 3,860 square kilometres of western Cape York. The operation consists of:
- Two continuous mining operations (East Weipa and Andoom)
- Two beneficiation plants
- Administration, warehousing and laboratory facilities
- 19 kilometres of railway
- Port facilities with two ship loaders
In addition, the operation includes two diesel power stations that supply the mine, the town, and the neighbouring community of Napranum.
In 2015, Rio Tinto announced an investment decision to develop the Amrun project, which will extend current operations south of the Embley River from around 2019.