Hopevale is a beautiful area just north of Cooktown.

It is all Aboriginal land, which apart from the community itself also covers some beautiful sand dunes, mountains, coastal headlands and beaches.

Originally a mission at the beautiful Elim Beach, the community has been evacuated and re-established, and finally moved 20km inland to its current location.

hope vale

In the community, there is a church,

hope vale church

... an Art Centre,

hope vale art

... and a library.

hope vale art centre

But if you drive out in the other end,
   hopevale community

... you come to a beautiful heathland,

cape bedford road

... with white silica sand dunes all around you.

cape bedford sand dunes

It's a bit of a hilly country with a few ups and downs before it finally descends as it reaches the ocean.
   hopevale cape bedford

As the road comes to the beach, you can turn left to Coloured Sands, or right to Elim Beach.

coloured sands drive start

Coloured Sands

You can drive to the Coloured Sands along the beach.

coloured sands drive

Many people also walk, and even climb up them.

coloured sands

They are much more amazing from close-by.

coloured sands climb

Past the coloured sands,

coloured sands beach drive

... the beach drive takes you to the Kite Surfary.

australian kite surfari

As the name suggests, it's a place for kite surfers to stay and surf the beaches.

coloured sands kite surfari

Back at the start, if you turn right there is a short drive to Elim Beach.

Elim Beach

At Elim Beach, there is the Eddies Campground,

elim beach eddies campground

And the beach is beautiful.

elim beach

And if you continue to Cape Bedford, there are some fun tracks and beautiful views from high up over the ocean.

elim beach

You can see them from the distance as soon as you get to the beach.

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