Jenn and I took advantage of the Queen’s birthday long weekend to head north up to Elim Beach which is located north of the Hopevale Aboriginal Community in Far North Queensland.
Joining us on this trip were four other cars including a Rav4, Discovery 3 & two Landcruisers. Between all of us, there was ample food, water, camping & recovery equipment on-hand. There are maintained basic camp sites before entering the beach but, on this occasion, they were all taken. This left us with the only option of camping on the beach. Not being a maintained campsite, it is always nice for women to have at least access to a shower which was available on the Disco 3. Fresh water for showering was sourced from the fresh water springs appearing high up on the beach.
The road conditions were fantastic with the second half of the coast road and some of the Elim Beach access track having recently been graded. I had some concern with the beach driving as there was a lot of driving through salt water. The Prado has been rust proofed but I will spend a few afternoons this week flushing out the chassis rails with fresh water.
The fishing from the beach is good with trevally, queenfish & long toms constantly smashing bait & lures in the mornings. It would be so much better with a boat as the locals were cleaning up on crayfish from the reefs just a few kilometres off the beach.
As well as some well deserved rest, you can explore the beach and sand dunes with the shallow waters providing the kids entertainment from spotting small sting rays, shovel nosed sharks and starfish.
All in all, a top camping spot with picture perfect backdrops – highly recommended.
Photos here - http://ozmatrix.com/gallery/v/camping/elim