Babinda has become quite famous for being one of the wettest places
in Australia (over 4000 mm per annum). Babinda and the surrounding
area should be explored. From the sensational baker in the main
street to the crystal clear river at The Boulders it is a place
that truly represents North Queensland. There is abundant wildlife,
secluded swimming holes and untouched rainforest. Drop in for a
swim or a BBQ and you may be rewarded with a sighting of a cassowary
or a few platypus.
from closest major city
68km south of Cairns on the Bruce Hwy (Highway One)
The indigenous people used the word "binda" to describe a waterfall.
It is believed that Babinda is a variation of this term and due
to the waterfalls and the heavy rain in the area, a logical name.
There is a strong aboriginal history in this area.
of the town
Babinda is a small town approximately 20 minutes drive north of
Innisfail. The sugar mill is the main focus of the town and most
people work in the sugar industry in one way or another. Babinda
is nestled in the amongst very lush farming lands and tropical rainforest.
The town is impeccably tidy and it is a good place to stop for lunch.
Babinda Hotel looks like most hotels in North Queensland but it
does have an unusual history that the locals and the publican will
gladly share with you. The real beauty of Babinda is found in the
National Parks located within a few minutes drive. The Babinda Boulders
are well equipped with barbecues, picnic shelters and toilets.
of the main attractions of this region include:
- a very popular picnic spot just 8km off the main highway. There
is a huge waterfall, swimming holes and rainforest walks. Josephine
Falls are located at the base of Mt Bartle Frere, the highest peak
in Queensland at 1657m.
- located 17kms from Babinda, Bramston Beach is a small beachside
community. There is a basic caravan and camping ground located right
on the water. Bramston Beach itself is a long, palm lined beach
perfect for a swim, BBQ or a picnic.
- Similar to Josephine Falls the Boulders are a popular freshwater
swimming hole set amongst thick rainforest (considered one of the
most beautiful places in Australia by the author). There are a number
of walking tracks that are easy and well marked. There are good
picnic and BBQ facilities. The Boulders make a perfect stop on a
hot day and it is an area that the whole family can enjoy.
Swimming in North Queensland's freshwater creeks can be a lot of
fun but be careful if you are not familiar with the area, especially
after periods of heavy rain. Flash flooding can occur with little