Close to the Cape York spot where the Dutch trader Willem Janz made the first recorded European landfall on the Australian mainland in 1606, Weipa is the end of the line for travellers heading north on the Peninsular Development Road.
A town built to support the mining of Comalco’s massive bauxite deposits, Weipa is a pleasant community flanking the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria, which attracts both adventurers and keen fisherman. It has all the facilities you’d expect in a frontier town, plus the chance to tour a huge mine site.
The first settlement in this remote area began in 1898 when an Aboriginal mission was established on the shores of Albatross Bay opposite what is now known as Duyfken Point where Janz made his historic landfall and where he lost several of his crew - slain, according to local Aboriginal lore, for attempting to molest tribal women.
A replica of the Janz's tiny ship, Duyfken, spent much of 2000 and 2001 cruising the waters of Queensland before setting off on a long voyage 'home' to Holland.