Babinda is a small town in the heart of North Queensland's sugar cane area.
Location: set off the Bruce Highway 57 km south of Cairns and over 1700 km north of Brisbane.
The drive between Cairns and Babinda passes through spectacular
mountainous scenery and luscious rainforest as well as sugar and banana
farming communities. Queensland's two highest mountains; Mt. Bartle
Frere and Mt. Bellenden Ker are both visible along the drive.
To the south-west of the town, along the Bartle Frere turnoff from
the Bruce Highway, are the Josephine Falls, regarded by many as the
most beautiful falls in North Queensland. Certainly their beauty was
enough to attract the advertising world who have used the locality as
the backdrop to a number of television commercials. There is a
700-metre walk from the car park to the falls and the swimming area.
Josephine Falls, Eubenangee Swamp National Park
A similar distance to the south-east, taking the turnoff to Bramston
Beach, is the Eubenangee Swamp National Park. A 1.5-km walk, with some
sections of boardwalk, allows visitors to experience the variety of
flora and fauna which can be found in the tropical wetlands of the
Surrounded by thick, lush rainforest, the Babinda Boulders is a
popular swimming hole and tourist attraction south of Cairns. It is a
classic example of the fast flowing tropical creeks in the area that
are perfect for afternoon dips in the cool water to combat the tropical
The creek is lined with huge boulders and the clear fresh water
weaves between the obstacles to fill large pools where people can swim.
Visitors to the Babinda Boulders are often amazed that the water is
quite cool, even during mid-summer.
Below the tranquil pools of the upper section, the river turns into
a torrest as it thunders through Devil's Pool and over a series of
massive granite boulders and into the valley below.
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A walking track leads from the carpark through dense rainforest to
two viewing platforms (at the Devils Pool lookout, a number of letters
have been rubbed off the sign, leaving it to read 'Evil Poo Lookout')
where the creek cascades down a series of spectacular waterfalls,
granite boulders and washpools. Several people have died after ignoring
warnings to stay clear of the fast flowing water and slippery boulders
in the wet season, especially near Devil's Pool.
Babinda's name is probably a corruption of the word 'binda' which
meant 'waterfall' in the dialect of the indigenous people. One wonders
whether the Aborigines were referring to the waterfalls in the nearby
Bellenden Ker National Park, or the annual rainfall which is a massive