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Weipa was originally developed by Comalco to mine the extensive bauxite deposits found on the western coast of Cape York. From the 1960's through to the early 1990's, Weipa was a "company town", closed to most people outside the mining industry.

Weipa has changed greatly over the last 10 years. It is now the vibrant centre for servicing Cape York.

In 2004, Comalco's parent company, Rio Tinto, invested billions of dollars into their Queensland operations by construction of the new refinery in Gladstone and major upgrade to the Weipa mining operations.

The Queensland government recently commenced negotiations to develop a new mine between Weipa and Arukuun. Weipa's mining future has never looked brighter.

The Queensland Government has moved many of their staff & services that were traditionally based in Cairns to Weipa to enable a more efficient supply of services to communities on Cape York.

Most people visiting Weipa for the first time are totally surprised and delighted by the sense of community that exists in this area. Few expect to find our range of shops and services, schools from Pre-school to Year 12, Government infrastructure and employment opportunities. Click the attached links to see what Weipa has to offer.

But above all else, Weipa offers a great lifestyle. Situated on Albatross Bay and bordered by the Mission and Embley Rivers, it is no wonder that fishing & boating are enjoyed by all. However, Weipa also has a great variety of other activities. We have a great Bowling Club, a sensational golf course, tennis, basketball, squash, motorcycling & a host of other clubs.

Is it any wonder that the secret is now out? For many years residents and tourists have wanted to buy a piece of our paradise. Investment opportunities are now a reality in Weipa. To get your piece, have a look at what is available today.