Being in the north of Queensland, the town enjoys a sub-tropical climate, so there is a “wet season” to contend with, which some visitors may want to avoid. The vast majority of the town’s rain falls between November and April, and for the rest of the year the weather is hot and dry – perfect for fishing and golfing. With hot, but not oppressive conditions, July is the ideal time to go.
Located on Queensland’s beautiful Cape York peninsular, Weipa is a fabulous place to unwind. Fish, play golf, hike and cycle – eat delicious fresh seafood or simply relax in the pure waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The town’s major appeal is its setting on the coast of Cape York, and the abundance of marine life that the coast supports. This makes Weipa a superb place to charter a fishing boat or head out with an expert guide to catch exotic local inhabitants like barramundi or queenfish.
Take your catch and grill it on the beach, and wash it down with some of Queensland’s world famous wine, or a classic Australian beer – in one of the most tranquil coastal towns in Australia.
However, Weipa isn’t all about peace and quiet. Visitors can head into the outback on 4×4 adventures, rent canoes and paddle around the coast, try bungee jumping or sky-diving. They can also head to some of the state’s best golf courses, such as Carpenteria Golf Club, where great playing conditions are on offer all year round.
The area around the town has been a leading industrial centre, producing huge amounts of aluminium ore. Nowadays, the industry has been cleaned up, but visitors can take the fascinating Rio Tinto Mine Tour.
The town is also a great place to experience Australia’s fantastic animal life. Head to the Uningan Nature Reserve to see ancient aboriginal sites, as well as some of the region’s exotic bird species. The nature reserve is also an excellent place to spot crocodiles, another of the region’s charismatic inhabitants.
However, more than anything else, Weipa is a place where visitors can kick back and relax in the reliable Queensland sunshine – away from civilization and all of the stresses of home.
Weipa is small enough to be extremely easy to see by foot. Cycling is also recommended, with many attractive coastal trails to explore. For those seeking to head into the interior, hiring a rugged four-wheel drive vehicle is a good idea, but take plenty of water and a reliable map with you.
Weipa is a fairly isolated town, and the vast majority of people will arrive by plane to Weipa Airport (WEI). International travellers can fly to other major Australian airports, such as, Cairns Airport (CNS) and Brisbane Airport (BNE), then get a connecting flight to Weipa. Public transport is limited, so you may need to enquire with your hotel to find out whether they offer a shuttle bus service from the airport. Taxis can be booked via the arrivals desk, and the town centre is only about ten minutes away.