Cape York - Weipa

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesTelegraph Road - Batavia Downs turnoff
FinishArcher River Roadhouse
DifficultyDifficulty 2.5/5
Suitable For4WD Motorbike 
Distance306.12 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed59.67 km/hr
Travel Time5 hrs 7 mins
Page Updated: 21 Oct 2021


Weipa is the largest community on the Cape York Peninsula with a population of 3,500. This modern town lies on the west coast, and is fringed by the Gulf of Carpentaria. The worlds' largest bauxite mine, operated by Rio Tinto Alcan, is the reason for Weipa's development and visitors are welcome to take tours of the operation.

Weipa is very accessible, being reached by the Peninsula Development Road, via Lakeland Downs, Laura, Coen and Archer River. Whilst the road is regularly maintained, it is heavily corrugated and dusty and is subject to closure at times during the wet season between December and March. 4WD vehicles are recommended for driving this route and unless your caravan is of the heavy-duty, offroad type, you should probably leave it behind too.

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Fuel Usage

4cyl 43 litres4cyl 50 litres4cyl 61 litres
6cyl 47 litres6cyl 55 litres6cyl 54 litres
8cyl 47 litres8cyl 51 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Lockhart River Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 60.86km NE
Mean Max. °C31.631.330.629.728.727.427.127.729.030.431.832.2
Mean Min. °C23.723.623.422.921.920.119.419.220.521.923.023.6
Mean Rain mm395.9390.8452.3296.9106.858.443.429.215.729.172.2208.4
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Telegraph Road - Batavia Downs turnoff to Batavia Downs Rd - Lydia Creek
Driving: 1.86 km
Heading: 248°
Avg Speed: 45.37 km/hr
EST Time: 02:27
Batavia Downs Rd - Lydia Creek to Batavia Downs Rd - Necktie Creek
Driving: 10.16 km
Heading: 239°
Avg Speed: 67.55 km/hr
EST Time: 09:01
Batavia Downs Rd - Necktie Creek to Batavia Downs Rd - Moonlight Creek tributary
Driving: 11.43 km
Heading: 272°
Avg Speed: 69.59 km/hr
EST Time: 09:51
Batavia Downs Rd - Moonlight Creek tributary to Batavia Downs Rd - Cox Creek
Driving: 10.1 km
Heading: 257°
Avg Speed: 60.45 km/hr
EST Time: 10:01
Batavia Downs Rd - Cox Creek to Peninsula Developmental Rd & Batavia Downs Rd
Driving: 5.08 km
Heading: 264°
Avg Speed: 44.01 km/hr
EST Time: 06:55
Peninsula Developmental Rd & Batavia Downs Rd to Weipa Campground And Fishing Lodge
Driving: 71.29 km
Heading: 280°
Avg Speed: 67.33 km/hr
EST Time: 01:03:31
Weipa Campground And Fishing Lodge to Peninsula Developmental Rd & Batavia Downs Rd
Driving: 71.24 km
Heading: 100°
Avg Speed: 44.31 km/hr
EST Time: 01:36:27
  • Drive east on Kerr Point Drive. for: 0.34 km time: 00:25
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto Kerr Point Drive. for: 0.26 km time: 00:29
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 9.16 km time: 10:57
  • Turn left onto Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 61.48 km time: 01:24:37
Peninsula Developmental Rd & Batavia Downs Rd to Telegraph Rd & Penninsula Developmental Rd
Driving: 73.16 km
Heading: 133°
Avg Speed: 72.09 km/hr
EST Time: 01:00:53
Telegraph Rd & Penninsula Developmental Rd to Archer River Roadhouse
Driving: 51.8 km
Heading: 155°
Avg Speed: 66.37 km/hr
EST Time: 46:49
  • Drive south. for: 0.03 km time: 00:08
  • Turn left. for: 0.04 km time: 00:14
  • Turn left. for: 0.15 km time: 00:51
  • Turn left onto Peninsula Developmental Road/81. for: 51.5 km time: 45:25
  • Turn right onto Bamaga Road. for: 0.09 km time: 00:12
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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