The Country and Culture

The Hopevale community is a scenic 46 kilometres north west of historical Cooktown and is accessible to 2wd most of the year and 4wd all year, with part of the road being unsealed. It is 10km from the Battle Camp Rd turn off. The Hopevale community welcomes visitors and tour companies to the Arts and Cultural Centre. Please be aware that there are strict alcohol management laws in place however bonafide travellers are permitted to transport concealed alcohol. For further information please contact Hopevale Police on 40609 266. Hopevale has a fuel station and a general store where basic food supplies can be purchased. In the same complex as the general store there is a Post Office Agent, Council Administration and a small take-away café. The Hopevale community is governed by a local Aboriginal Shire Council and was declared a DOGIT (Deed of Grant in Trust) in 1986. The community of Hopevale has undergone many changes over the decades and has prevailed from the assimilation and forcible removal of it's community members to various southern Aboriginal Missions during World War II. Visitors to the centre can talk to local people about the historical colonisation process and the establishment of the new (current) Hopevale mission in the 1950's.

Travel through Hopevale to visit the pristine Elim Beach and the amazing Coloured Sands, 4wd is recommended. Permits for camping can be obtained from the service station in Hopevale.

Hopevale and surrounding areas are rich in cultural history and is scattered with sacred rock art sites throughout the expansive landscape. Comprehensive cultural tours of the local area and sacred rock art sites are provided by Award Winning Indigenous Tour Operator Willie Gordon – Guurribi Tours. The Hopevale community is unique in it's own way due to the determination, empowerment and cultural richness of it's people and is defiantly wroth a stop on your visit through Cape York.