Elim Beach (pronounced eelum) is not a long way north of Cairns. The drive is about 70k via Hopevale, and now all but about 4k on bitumen. It is a nice area with interesting beaches and camping ground run by traditional owners.
Its worth taking time to walk along the beach and enjoying the scenery. Watch out for the crocs though. They are around and might bite. The other thing to be careful of is the soft sand. One wrong step and you are up to your knees.Read more