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.

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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

Coloured Sands

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

   coloured sands drive

You can drive to the Coloured Sands along the beach.

   coloured sands

They are much more amazing from close-by.

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Elim Beach

And you can even climb up for some good views.

   elim beach

If you turn towards Elim it is a short drive, and once you get to the beach it is beautiful.

   elim beach

And if you continue to the actual cape, there are some fun tracks and beautiful views from high up over the ocean. You can see them from the distance as soon as you get to the beach.

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