The Location

Located approximately 25 km outside Hopevale this shady beachfront campsite is the perfect base to see the Coloured Sands dune formations.

The campsite has toilet and shower facilities and fresh water supply but please note water is a precious resource and is not an unlimited supply.

The natural and secluded surroundings mean no shops nearby so arrive self-sufficient with supplies.

The campsite is accessed on a sometimes rough track so while 4WD is not essential it is preferred as there are some sections of deep sand – caravans are not suited to the road.

The large expanse of beach faces Cape Bedford and at low tide the shallows provide plenty of exploration with numerous starfish, crabs, sea cucumbers and marine life to find.

Contact Thiithaarr-warra Elder, Eddie Deemal

Ph: 07 4060 9223

Beach Camping – Fishing – Campfires – siteseeing

Coloured sands – Traditional and old mission sites

White sand Beaches – totally relaxing

Flush toilets – showers – excellent water

Call Eddie Deemal 07 4060 9223 best pm for Camping and Day visit Permits

The drive from Hope Vale to Elim takes about an hour on an unsealed road which winds through white silica sand hills, rugged escarpments and heath lands. A map can be obtained from the service station at Hope Vale, together with a camping permit which may be required. Plese note, you can not just camp anywhere on the beach, everyone is encourage to use this camping grounds. Please phone the Hope Vale Service Station on 07 4060 9292 for more information. Hope Vale Service Station trading times to access your permit:

Monday -Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday        8:00am-2:00pm
Saturday   8:00am -2:00pm
Sunday     11:00am-2:00pm 

Please ensure you have your own supplies with you, and check local tides and current road conditions prior to departing Cooktown.



Coloured Sands Fee $20.00
Day Trip Fee





This is a delightful spot next to the beach. There are plenty of places to camp both open and shaded. The owners are very friendly and helpful but the facilities are very basic just toilets and a cold shower. The road in is almost all tarmac with a small amount of gravel road.