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  • Day30

    Elim Beach

    May 28 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    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.
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  • Day31

    Elim Coloured Sand Hills

    May 29 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We are stopped right now near Hope Vale. A small creek is providing a neat background noise as I write in some description and upload the photos from the last couple of days.

    Yesterday afternoon we walked quite a distance along the beach, north of Elim Beach. In all we clocked up well over 10k for the whole day.

    We have been to the Coloured sands before but rest assured, it really is worth a second visit. About 300 meters along there is a massive ravine eroded into the multicoloured sandhills. Even though photos barely show the majesty of it all, a walk in is very humbling.

    Some places on this planet are beautiful beyond words. Description is difficult as there seems no descriptive narrative to convey the feelings and awe such a place inspires. All I can suggest is to take the time and make the effort to visit places like this, that they may enrich your journey through life.
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    Regina and Ian

    And a great place when you meet interesting people who are happy to share a fireside and exchange some knowledge and yarns. Shout out to Rob, Pam and Walter.

    Rob and Pam T

    Walter might check in soon. Nice to see you got started ok

  • Day89

    The road to Elim Beach via Cook Town

    August 10, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We had a beautiful drive to Elim Beach. So green and lush. Very tropical! We didn’t stop in CT but filled up with diesel and came straight here from Mt Carbine which is an old mining town site about 250 Ks. Some of it dirt road but relatively well graded!!
    We passed a church that had a Spanish look about it!
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    Lalage Craig

    It was quite safe Evelyn! Too shallow to swim in and one hadn’t been seen near the camp ground for a long time!! If ever!!

  • Day89

    Elim Beach.

    August 10, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    This place is north of Cook Town. A bush camp by the sea. Run by aboriginal people.
    Idyllic with white sands, palm trees and ferns.
    The tide goes out a very long way! Luckily, because it is very shallow, the crocodiles are 3 Ks away and are not a problem!!Read more

    Evelyn Mason

    3 km is still too close for my liking! Munch, munch!!!

  • Day17

    Elim Beach

    August 17, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Elim Beach camp is basic and remote. Getting here is not a drive to the shops and you need to bring everything you need. There is some potable water and cold showers.

    Long walks on the beach is rewarding with good restful sleep each nigh as a benefit. It is easy to see why just about every visitor decides to stay longer.Read more

  • Day17

    Lost Dreams

    August 17, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Young groups decide to have a nice spot to relax and fish or older families build a shack with friends to get away.

    As time goes on people move, friendships change. Economies make remote living more difficult. Eventually all that is left is a little evidence of the long gone dreams.

    In a few more years the salty water will have completely consumed the metals. A careless bushfire will leave only the concrete pads.
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  • Day20

    Coloured sands - Elim Beach

    August 20, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    One must do while visiting Elim Beach is a visit to the coloured sands. It is best colour wise to go early in the morning. At this time there are rich red tones and vivid yellows that will mature and change as the sun rises higher.

    This is a delicate and sacred area that must be visited with care. No material should be taken and care moving around is advised.

    The canyon winds way up into the sands revealing a thousand new vistas. A long and energetic climb is rewarded by a very unique water feature.

    At this point, which should be as far as you proceed, the water soaks out of the sand and runs with a dribble over a harder ledge. Here for the first time I witnessed sand stalagtites. I am not sure how they are "glued" together but they seem very fragile.
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  • Day22


    August 22, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    In the Australian bush there are many animals. There are the normal furry kinds such as wallabies, koalas, marsupial mice, and kangaroos. There are slithering kinds of all types. Giant pythons with beautiful carpet patterns that grow up to 6 meters or more in length. Coppery and black varieties that should always be avoided. They are highly venomous and everyone should understand snake bite first aid. Australian snakes generally don't attack. Many of the two species of crocodiles are found here and birds too numerous to count.

    Another common fellow seen mostly at night are the many spiders. If you shine a light at your eye level outward into the bush it is very likely you will see thousands of tiny jewel reflections. Following these bright reflections will reveal a spider. Commonly 1-2cm in size these guys hunt on the ground preying on insects with cover of darkness. In the daytime they tend to hide from hungry birds. Although they look quite scary they are less bother than sandflies, mozzie or March flies all of which readily try to such your blood.
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  • Day41

    Eddies Elim Beach Camp

    May 28 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Eddies Elim Beach Camp
    Great story here because Aboriginal people have had land returned to them and are making a real go of it.
    The fight is not over as they are now in “negotiations” with mining companies on the area who want to expand their sand mining leases. They process silica which is experiencing increased demand.
    That aside this location is fantastic. Wide level camping right on the Coral Sea. The amenities are basic but serviceable and the environment is beautiful.
    At low tide the beach is wide and flat. Just perfect for a long ride. The coloured sands are a remarkable feature. The only thing we found on Elim Beach is a hut set up with the camp ground owner. They established a Kit Surfing Safari (only access is via the beach)
    There are some great 4x4 tracks that access South Bedford Beach. Remote wind blown and beautiful. Sadly the beach has a lot of debris, mostly plastic, in the jetsam that washes in from the sea.
    Something must be done about this disaster. If this beach looks like this, imagine the state of The Reef and the sea floor. Who would be a fish?
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