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Weipa

Weipa is situated on the western coast of Cape York (Gulf of Carpentaria) 815 km north of Cairns.
Weipa

Sunset at Weipa

Weipa is located on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula about 200km from the Tip of Australia. The town is approximately 815 km from Cairns and is accessed by the Peninsula Development Road via Lakeland Downs, Laura, Coen and Archer River. This road is often closed in the wet season between December and March. Weipa is also accessible via plane with flights operating from Cairns to Weipa with Qantas Link. Weipa is a modern town of 3,000 people, and the site of the world's largest bauxite mine which is operated by Rio Tinto Alcan. Tours of the mine can be organised through the Weipa Caravan Park and Camping ground. 

Rio Tinto Alcan bauxite production
Rio Tinto Alcan bauxite production

Fishing

The fishing from Weipa is rapidly gaining world-wide acclaim. Located on a narrow peninsula between two major rivers, the Embley and Mission, there are many excellent fishing areas in close proximity. Take advantage of local advice with guided trips, hire a boat from a local operator or bring your own boat. Barramundi, mangrove jack, salmon, queenfish, trevally and mackerel are a few of the many commonly caught species, and mud crabs also abound.

The Weipa Fishing Classic competition usually takes place annually in June. 

For further information on Weipa visit the Weipa Town Authority website. 

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