Cape York: 5 Things to Do at the Coloured Sands
The Coloured Sands is a picturesque stretch of coastline in bordered by sandy cliffs and beach. It is located in Cape York about an hour north of Cooktown and can only be reached when the tide is out.
About half an hour north of the aboriginal community Hope Vale, the Coloured Sands is one of those beautiful beaches that leaves a lasting impression and a definite must-do if you’re camping at Elim Beach.
Once the tide goes out, you can drive onto the beach and keep going until you reach aboriginal land which is clearly marked as Private Property and not open to tourists. And past this point the beach gets quite boggy as part of it is covered in shallow water.
But there is plenty to do on the beach while the tide is out, although be warned that swimming isn’t one of them, thanks to the presence of a four metre crocodile.
Here are some of our favourite things to do at the Coloured Sands:
1. check out the different coloured sands
We counted six different colours or shades of sand along the cliff face on our recent trip here, including black, white, various shades of ochre and browns.
It is amazing to think all these different colours naturally blend together as part of these beautiful, natural sand cliffs along the beach.
2. sand duning
The higher sand dunes you walk up, the longer the ride down and the views across the beach are amazing.
3. 4WDriving down the beach
It is an incredibly beautiful beach but make sure you abide by the signs and don’t go further along the beach than allowed because some parts of the beach get very boggy.
And don’t attempt it when the tide is coming in or you can kiss your car goodbye.
4. try kite surfing
You will be amazed when you see the water tanks and Ant and Paully’s little piece of paradise.
You will be just as surprised when Miss Piggy, their once miniature and now giant pig, runs out to greet you with the family dogs.
5. read the names etched into the cliffs
But you can certainly take a look at the small area of carved graffiti and see who else has visited this beautiful part of North Queensland.
travel nq fast facts:
- There is a fee to visit the Coloured Sands which can be paid at the Hopevale Service Station or at Elim Beach Campground. Campers staying at Elim Beach Campground have the cost of visiting the Coloured Sands included in their camping fee.