Weipa

Weipa is a mining town built by Comalco to house its employees and their families, government workers and support people for its Bauxite and Kaolin operations. Weipa has the largest Bauxite deposit in the world. Fishing enthusiasts flock to Weipa because of its terrific coastal location and abundant marine life.

Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 2611 kilometres.

Amenities consist of hospital, dentist, private medical centre and pharmacy, supermarket (not open on Sundays), post office, newsagency, specialty shops, bakery, butcher, cafe, and Four Wheel Drive and fishing tackle supply stores. There is also a Centrelink office located at the shopping centre. The town's two service stations (open daily) also have a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, ice and grocery items.

The nearby community of Napranum has a small supermarket which is open daily. A boat and car wash facility, along with several mechanical workshops and a hardware store are located at Evans Landing. The Western Cape Cultural Centre is also located at Evans Landing which provides local cultural and tourist information as well as exhibiting local artwork. The Western Cape Cultural Centre is open 10am to 2pm Tuesday to Friday and entry is free. Light refreshments and a great view of the harbour are offered.

Accommodation options in Weipa include a camping ground with self-contained cabins and a dedicated fishing lodge, a resort hotel, a motel, and budget (donga-style) accommodation.

Fishing in the Western Cape is great! Fishing can be shore-based at Gonbung Beach, Evans
Landing, Kerr Point, Red Beach and Wallaby Island or on the banks of the creeks and rivers. With a boat. the Mission, Hey and Embley River estuaries and Port Musgrave (Mapoon) provide opportunities. Boat ramps are located at Rocky Point and Evans Landing in Weipa, Napranum, Cullen Point. Cloughs Landing and Mapoon.

Fish species to entice anglers are: Mackeral, Queenfish, Trevally, Mangrove Jack, Bream, Grunter, Tuskers, Jewfish and Estuary Cod. In deeper waters chasing Marlin and Sailfish is becoming popular.

Boats and houseboats are for hire and fishing tours/extended fishing charters are available - enquire at Weipa Tackle World.

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Cape Melville National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
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This beautiful yet rugged park features the rocky headlands of Cape Melville, massive tumbled granite boulders of the Melville Range, sandy beaches of Bathurst Bay, sandstone escarpments of Altanmoui Range and inland dunes.
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Formerly known as Mungkan Kandju National Park, this large park stretches from the McIlwraith Range foothills, between the Archer and Coen rivers, and features open eucalypt woodlands, melaleuca swamps and a variety of rainforest types.
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This remote coastal park in northern Cape York Peninsula features long sweeping beaches, rugged heath-clad ranges and the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Australia. The park protects a unique collection of wildlife, including mammals, frogs, lizards and snakes that are found nowhere else, and is a refuge for birds that are rare in Australia but also live in New Guinea.
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This iconic remote park has a rich and diverse landscape that features spectacular wetlands and river systems. In the north, grasslands and woodlands, wetlands, coastal estuaries, mangroves and mudflats, are prominent, while in the south, sandstone hills and escarpments dominate the landscape.
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In this vast, remote wilderness near the tip of Cape York Peninsula, the sandstone landscape is dominated by the mighty Jardine River and its many streams and swamps, and is rich in Aboriginal and European cultural heritage.

Flinders Group National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
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Seven remote and ruggedly attractive islands, with a rich cultural landscape, form Flinders Group National Park. The islands contain important Aboriginal story and burial sites, along with nationally significant rock art showing early contact with Europeans.

Tijou Reef

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
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Located off Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef is Tijou Reef, home to many different dive sites, particularly the coral gardens on the inner side and wonderful wall dives on its outer eastern side.
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Southern Small Detached Reef, 80 kilometres North of Lockhart River in Far North Queensland, is a remote but stunning reef. Sitting so far off the coast, the walls of the reef drop to over 100 metres, with the deep waters inviting lots of larger marine life such as turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, pelagic fish and occasional manta rays.

Great Detached Reef Dive Site

Cooktown, Cook Area
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Situated north of Cooktown, close to the Queensland cape, Great Detached Reef is a large complex of several reefs sitting on an old fossil mountain range. With roughly 46 kilometres of edge, wall diving is spectacular here, with steep cliffs dropping down to over 400 metres and small caves scattered across the reef walls.

Thursday Island

Thursday Island, Torres Area
Leave your watch behind when you go to Thursday Island as this colourful island paradise is where time really does seem to stand still. It is one of 274 islands which lie between the northern tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea in the Torres Strait.
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