Cape Bedford

Cape Bedford makes a fun day out.

You can do it on a day trip from, say Cooktown,

... or you could camp at Eddie's at Elim Beach.

Either way, it's a great day out, if you like going to places :-)

cape bedford eddies camp track

After the Eddie's Campground at Elim Beach,

cape bedford elim beach track

... the track continues east.

cape bedford track

There is a little bit of soft sand,

cape bedford soft sand

... a few mud holes,

cape bedford mud hole

... and there can be fires during the dry season.

cape bedford fires

Pole House and Boggy Hill

Then the track turns to the beach,

cape bedford locals camp

... there are a few shacks like everywhere in the areas north of Cooktown,

cape bedford beach hut

... they are getaway camps owned by locals.

cape bedford track to beach

As you get to the beach,

cape bedford beach

... there is some soft sand,

cape bedford crocodile sign

... crocodile warning signs,

cape bedford shelter

... and the track continues.

cape bedford beach track

Next thing you come to the pole house,

cape bedford pole house

... sea views of of the tabletop mountain of Cape Bedford,

cape bedford beach view

... and right after, the track turns away from the coast.

cape bedford track inland

Then there is a hill,

cape bedford track hill

... where the track has some boggy sections,

cape bedford track boggy

... and once over the hill, there are views,

cape bedford track views

... and soon you start seeing the ocean on the other side.

cape bedford south ocean

There are tracks that go east to take you to the South and North Cape Bedford,

cape bedford views on south

... or you have the choice to not to turn off,

cape bedford track to southern beach

... which first takes you to the southern beach,

cape bedford south views

... past a lagoon,

cape bedford lagoon

... and a creek mouth.

cape bedford creek mouth

Southern Beach

On the beach,

cape bedford southern beach

... there are views of South Cape Bedford,

cape bedford views on south cape

... and you can drive,

cape bedford beach drive

... like we did,

cape bedford south beach drive

... past beach treasures and driftwood,

cape bedford beach drive beach treasures

... trees shaped by the wind,

cape bedford beach drive seabirds

... flocks of seabirds, and more driftwood.

cape bedford beach drive driftwood

After a while, there are views of the (north) Cape Bedford,

cape bedford beach drive views

... as the southern one gets closer and closer.

cape bedford beach drive mangroves

In the end there are palm trees and mangroves,

cape bedford beach drive palm trees

... and you can drive off the beach.

South Cape Bedford

The track first passes through some bush,

cape bedford bush

... with some pandanus palms,

cape bedford pandanus

... and a gate,

cape bedford gate

... and then starts climbing up,

cape bedford feral horses

... as you are getting to the South Cape Bedford.

cape bedford climb

Those bare hills get very steep,

cape bedford very steep

... and there is hardly a car length of room to turn around,

cape bedford very high

... so if you are scared of heights, don't go up there.

The Old Mission Site

Back down,

cape bedford south track

... there is a track ...

cape bedford track to mission site

... to the old mission site,

cape bedford old mission site

... and the swamp in the middle,

cape bedford swamp

... that can still be wet after the wet season.

cape bedford wet

And then, there is the track to the east, to the eastern beach.

cape bedford track to east

Eastern Beach and Cape Bedford

It comes out to a beautiful spot,

cape bedford eastern beach

... with coastal views,

cape bedford coastal views

... pandanus,

cape bedford pandanus palms

... screw palms,

cape bedford screw palms

... and the views of the tabletop mountain of the actual (sometimes also called the northern) Cape Bedford.

cape bedford tabletop mountain

There are tracks to the eastern, coastal side of it,

cape bedford eastern side

... as well as the other, western side of it,

cape bedford western side

... through a swamp,

cape bedford swamp

... an area with mangroves,

cape bedford mangroves

... and tracks up to the western side of the hill,

cape bedford track up hill

... with views of beautiful sunsets.

cape bedford sunset

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