Weipa is also home to a large Kaolin
Plant. Kaolin is a soft fine white clay with many industrial
uses including paper coating, rubber and plastic industries,
ceramics, and the paint industry. Most of the Kaolin is
exported to Japan and South East Asia.
Visitors should be
wary of the presence of estuarine crocodiles, marine
stingers, venomous sea snakes and sharks which inhabit the
waters. Weipa has a local swimming pool at Rocky Point, and
two man made lakes, Patricia and McLeod which are used for
swimming and sailing.
Weipa has close ties to numerous
Aboriginal Communities on the Western Cape: including
Napranum (situated approx. 10km from Weipa Township),
Aurukun, Mapoon, Injinoo, and New Mapoon.
The easiest way
to get to Weipa is by air from Cairns. If you wish to drive
the town is approximately 800 km north west of
over 3,000 km from Brisbane. Driving to Weipa is best
attempted by 4WD and during the dry season, most of the road
is gravel and in poor condition. The road is impassable
during the wet season October till May.
Fishing and Eco
tourism businesses are growing enterprises in this area, the
fishing being world renown.
Check out our listing of
Peninsula accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions,
tours, local maps and other information.