Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Tropical Queensland, Australia

Unmistaken view towards Cape Elim, Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia culture shock

Unmistaken view towards Cape Elim, Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia culture shock

Elim Beach lies roughly an hour’s drive north of Cooktown, passing through a small aboriginal settlement named ‘Hope Vale’. The striking mountain of Elim Beach Peninsula is easily recognised on any photo.

Rainbow Beach in the distance from Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Rainbow Beach in the distance from Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

The colourful sandstone beachfront has the same name as its counterpart north of Noosa on 90 mile beach, Rainbow Beach.

Rainbow colours all around Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Rainbow colours all around Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

It surely is a colourful landscape up here.

Rainbow Beach at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Rainbow Beach at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

The only and main difference between both multicolored beaches is, that not many people venture up this way on their dirt tracks to the tip of Australia’s Cape York Peninsula. So I thought as so I remembered.

Eucalyptus reaching to the skies above  at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Eucalyptus reaching to the skies above at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Paperbark Eucalyptus trees line the beaches in fascinating ways.

Fascinating beachfront at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Fascinating beachfront at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

The colour saturation of white beaches, green flora on an a clear sunny blue sky is delightful.

Ghostly Eucalyptus at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Ghostly Eucalyptus at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Shadows casted to the hot sands give a mystical feeling, adding perfectly to the historical Dreamtime stories by aboriginal myths.

Mangrove Sanctuary at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Mangrove Sanctuary at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

 

Mangrove Forests are a sanctuary for small fish and crustaceans, which attract larger predator fish and wading birds.

Perfect resting and nesting area at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Perfect resting and nesting area at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

 They provide shelter and nesting areas for birds as well as are mangrove forests worldwide one of the most productive woodlands to produce oxygen with their evergreen leaves.

Important habitat for big and small at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Important habitat for big and small at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

This is an extremely important environmental and ecological natural habitat.

Large Tidal Movements at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Large Tidal Movements at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

The large tidal movement of these shallow beaches keep everything constantly on the move.

New generation at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

New generation at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Some mangrove trees started their own settlements.

View towards Elim Beach Peninsula, Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

View towards Elim Beach Peninsula, Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

 I have been to Elim Beach a few times, however, many years ago.

Fascinating beachfront at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Fascinating beachfront at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

A friendly local indigenous told me about this secret hidden serine camp spot and I was hooked ever since.

Quite Camp spot at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Quite Camp spot at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

A small beachfront area allowed campers to set up tents to camp right on the beach, thanks to local and indigenous landowner Eddie.

Serenity pure at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Serenity pure at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

 Only one other couple shared the low key camp spot with us 10 years ago, serenity all around.

A fun day fishing with aboriginal land owner Eddie at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

A fun day fishing with aboriginal land owner Eddie at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Eddie took me out fishing in his ‘tinnie’ at high tide and we caught some nice fish together.

4WD recovery at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

4WD recovery at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

I even helped him to pull out a brand new, abounded 4 WD of the beach.

Bogged to the axles at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Bogged to the axles at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Someone had fun driving on the beach, but got caught in mud and couldn’t be rescued before salty waters inundated this vehicle at high tide, 3 days before.

Mean Mother Winch at work at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Mean Mother Winch at work at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Thanks to my tough ‘mother’ winch and some muscle grease, the vehicle was eventually recovered. 

Idyllic memories from Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Idyllic memories from Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

It was fair to say, that I was looking forward to see Eddie and this idyllic beach again. I took Maniyak with me for some heated action on the fishing line and my OM-D for another amazing photo session. But as always, things almost never work out the way you think.

Personal culture shock at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia culture shock

Personal culture shock at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia culture shock

I arrived at newly the erected building to check in for a few nights. Wondering whether Eddie would recognize me, I entered’ Check Point Eddie’. A young Asian women greeted me friendly and asked how long I would like to stay. No sign of Eddie near or far. Maybe he is out fishing? The camp price is still a bargain at 10$ per night per person. It was hard to miss the other evenly spread out 30 plus vehicles camped on the paddock. Oh my, word of mouth must have gotten around. 

Secluded Camp Spot at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Secluded Camp Spot at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

I managed to find a relatively secluded spot by the beach and was eager to paddle out with my yellow kayak. Gusty strong winds cut my first paddle adventure on the ocean short. Very short.

Last OM-D photo for 6 weeks at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia culture shock

Last OM-D photo for 6 weeks at Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia culture shock

 Those gusty winds prevailed for the next few days, months to be exact. I had one good run on my fishing line, but only ended up catching a few small sharks. Dugongs frequent here often and feed on the seagrass beds lining the shore. None of those ‘cows of the sea’ were spotted either. Bummer. Never mind, I still had my trusty  OM-D to explore and enjoy. The full moon was upon us, which always bears good photo sessions. Whilst being in a moonlight long shutter speed photo frenzy, the shutter system of my camera broke down and the camera couldn’t be used until it’s professionally fixed. Arrrg, I had an unfortunate run up here, my expectations from previous experiences were to high.           I met Eddie once for a brief chat. Him and his basic paradise by the beach have been featured in various newspapers and travel magazines, which explains the sudden popularity of Elim Beach. He still manufactures traditional hunting spears and didgeridoos, which are for sale.

True Blue Australian legend Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

True Blue Australian legend Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Turning 90 years of age in a few months, Eddie suffers from dementia and doesn’t recall me or our previous adventures. But I do, and always will. What a humble and gentle human being he is. I have nothing more then the greatest of respect for this traditional and original Australian. 

Touring Cape York, Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

Touring Cape York, Elim Beach, Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia

When I left the Northern New South Wales area 6 months ago, I was confident to find a suitable work position in my artisan baking trade. Unfortunately, this didn’t eventuate and Cape Elim was my most northern point of visit. My next few posts will be geographically south from here, heading towards the South East Queensland/ Northern New South Wales area, where plenty of work has been advertised throughout social media. No doubt that I will have my camera ready to go again.  

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