Cape York - Weipa

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesArcher River Roadhouse
FinishTelegraph Road - Batavia Downs turnoff
DifficultyDifficulty 2.5/5
Suitable For4WD Camper Bike 
Distance305.94 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed62.36 km/hr
Travel Time4 hrs 54 mins
Page Updated: 9 Jan 2014


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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MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel SymbolArcher River Roadhouse.
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 60.87km 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
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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Archer River Roadhouse to Telegraph Rd & Penninsula Developmental Rd
Driving: 51.57 km
Heading: 335°
Avg Speed: 67.55 km/hr
EST Time: 45:48
Telegraph Rd & Penninsula Developmental Rd to Peninsula Developmental Rd & Batavia Downs Rd
Driving: 73.16 km
Heading: 313°
Avg Speed: 72.09 km/hr
EST Time: 01:00:53
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: 71.29 km
Heading: 100°
Avg Speed: 67.33 km/hr
EST Time: 01:03:31
Peninsula Developmental Rd & Batavia Downs Rd to Batavia Downs Rd - Cox Creek
Driving: 5.08 km
Heading: 84°
Avg Speed: 44.01 km/hr
EST Time: 06:55
Batavia Downs Rd - Cox Creek to Batavia Downs Rd - Moonlight Creek tributary
Driving: 10.1 km
Heading: 77°
Avg Speed: 60.45 km/hr
EST Time: 10:01
Batavia Downs Rd - Moonlight Creek tributary to Batavia Downs Rd - Necktie Creek
Driving: 11.43 km
Heading: 92°
Avg Speed: 69.59 km/hr
EST Time: 09:51
Batavia Downs Rd - Necktie Creek to Batavia Downs Rd - Lydia Creek
Driving: 10.16 km
Heading: 59°
Avg Speed: 67.55 km/hr
EST Time: 09:01
Batavia Downs Rd - Lydia Creek to Telegraph Road - Batavia Downs turnoff
Driving: 1.86 km
Heading: 68°
Avg Speed: 45.37 km/hr
EST Time: 02:27
Distance is GPS recorded distance 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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