Carolyn & Greg's Nomadic Adventures .../CanberratoCooktown_2013 travel blog

Elim beach coloured sands

Indigenous weekender at Elim Beach

Hope Vale Lutheran Church

Hope Vale shopping village courtyard

Isabella Falls

No holdens allowed

Endeavour Falls (see video)

Endeavour Falls Tourists

Snow in Cooktown? No silica hills near Elim Beach

Challenging roadside beast

His curious concubines

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Cheeky thing

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22nd July

Today we are heading to Elim beach - home to the famous Coloured Sands. Spectacular bluffs and ranges flank the Endeavor Valley.

Endeavor Falls are found at the Endeavor Falls Tourist Park. Permission must be requested from the park for access. Pleasant walk through the camping area to get to the falls. A nice spot, no swimming, crocodiles here. There is a pool for guests to swim in.

Next stop is Hope Vale an Aboriginal Community. Walking around we had to dodge horse and dog poo. Apparently the wild horses stroll through town and every person owns a dog that can roam freely. A small town with lots of building work going on.

Continuing on we are following a small map and hope we are on the right track to Elim beach. Can't see any road signs, there are roundabouts on every corner. We have seen some cars and boats heading into town so feel we are on the right track and carry on.

A winding road from Hope Vale passes through white silica hills and heath lands to the beach. The dirt road is in very good condition and we only have to use 4WD for about 50 metres as we get close to the beach area. Has been a recent sighting of a crocodile in this area so am keeping my eyes wide open as we walk along the beach. We could see some different colours in the sand unfortunately you can't see it in the photos.

Heading back we have to slow down for the livestock who appear not to worry about vehicles and take their own time about moving off the road.

One last stop after a great day was Isabella Falls.

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