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Albatross Bay
Beach and bay beyond
Looking from Mission River out to Albatross Bay, 2020
Albatross Bay is located in Queensland
Albatross Bay
Albatross Bay
Location in Queensland
Location Queensland
Group Gulf of Carpentaria
Coordinates 12°42′56″S 141°39′48″E / 12.7156°S 141.6633°E / -12.7156; 141.6633 (Albatross Bay)
Type bay
Settlements Weipa, Mission River

Albatross Bay is a bay on the eastern shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland, Australia.


The bay is offshore from the localities of Mission River (in both Shire of Cook and Aboriginal Shire of Napranum), a number of localities in Weipa Town (Rocky Point, Trunding, Nanum, Evans Landing) and Aurukun (in the Shire of Aurukun).

Three rivers flow into the bay:

  • Mission River (12°35′12″S 141°57′48″E / 12.5867°S 141.9633°E / -12.5867; 141.9633 (Mission River (mouth)))
  • Embley River (12°39′50″S 141°49′30″E / 12.6639°S 141.8250°E / -12.6639; 141.8250 (Embley River (mouth)))
  • Hey River (12°44′12″S 141°53′58″E / 12.7367°S 141.8994°E / -12.7367; 141.8994 (Hey River (mouth)))


The bay was named after the Queensland Government's steamer Albatross. The name was chosen either by its master Captain Kerr or by John Douglas when he was the Government Resident at Thursday Island.

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