It was a relatively short drive from Laura and we arrived in Weipa around lunchtime. Everyone split up to do their own thing and met up again later in the day at the caravan park.
View from in front of our campsite …. plenty of crocs out there!
Weipa is a relatively big town …. well very, very tiny compared to say Sydney!, but for the townships on the cape, it’s a relatively large town with most facilities available. Weipa sits on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula, on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The region in and around Weipa is very rich in bauxite and this has led to Rio Tinto operating the Weipa bauxite mine for many years. They are in the process of extending their operations to another site in the area aswell. There is some big money being spent on infrastructure in the area and some big money coming out of the mines. The first thing you notice as you get closer to Weipa is that the condition of the road significantly improves! Then you see the traffic lights and the boom gates as you cross the mine access road to enter the town.
We had all booked on a sunset cruise with Western Cape Eco Tours. We had done this exact cruise when we were in Weipa 5 years ago and it was such a great night we couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Everyone took our recommendation and we booked on for a couple of hours of relaxing, history and crocodile sightings.
You’d think being a ‘sunset cruise’ I would have mentioned that we watched an amazing Weipa sunset aswell, well think again! We didn’t even come close to getting a sunset that night, very disappointing, but what can you do! At least we saw plenty of crocs.
Here’s what the sunset should have looked like! (taken on our cruise in 2013).
The cruise itself runs for about 2 hours and takes you around the Embley River to see the wildlife and of course the sunset. The price of the cruise includes beer, champagne, soft drink and yummy antipasto platters.
Western Cape Eco Tours are a small family owned company who love their town and love showcasing its natural beauty. They had only just started out when we took our first cruise with them and we are so glad business is going so well for them. If you are ever in the area, you really must look these guys up.
Western Cape Eco Tours
Telephone: 0447 009 044
Tours depart from Evans Landing Boat Ramp, Weipa QLD 4874
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