Babinda Boulders

Babinda Boulders Babinda Boulders

 Drive south from Cairns for a spectacular introduction to the Wet Tropics of North Queensland.  At Gordonvale you cross the Mulgrave River with Walsh's Pyramid (922m or 3025') on your right. 

Walshs Pyramid at Gordonvale The Pyramid beside Gordonvale  

Mulgrave valley & Mt Sophia Mulgrave valley and Mt Sophia

The drive down the Mulgrave River valley between the Bellenden Ker range (1593m or 5226') on your right and the coastal range on your left is unlike any other drive in Australia. The predominant colour is green. The valley is wet and warm - ideal for the fields of sugar cane that fill the valley.  Creeks flow all the year round here and there are many tumbling down the steep jungle slopes of Bellenden Ker. Babinda competes with Tully for the highest Australian rainfall for the year - the annual average is around  4m.

Babinda below Mt Bellenden Ker and surrounding cane fields Babinda below Mt Bellenden Ker

Babinda is a classic sugar cane town with a huge sugar mill to process the cane. It was closed and pulled down a year or two ago but for many years the plume of steam and smoke from the tall chimney stack was a feature of the landscape.

Babinda sugar mill (now closed) Babinda sugar mill   Babinda sugar mill (now closed) Babinda sugar mill  

Drive up the main street and on to The Boulders picnic area. The main pool is right beside the tables and BBQs and is well shaded by the rainforest trees. It is ideal for kids. There are plenty of shallow areas and the swimming is safe. 

The Boulders picnic area The Boulders picnic area

Main pool beside The Boulders picnic area Main swimming hole at The Boulders   My daughter on the swing at The Boulders The water swing over the main pool

Take the Devil's Pool walk downstream. It is well named. The Boulders are huge lumps of granite which have been worn smooth over thousands of years of rushing wet season floodwater. Do not walk on the rocks - they are very slippery with algae and it is easy to fall. Too many visitors have slipped and fallen into the shute. Few survive. The 15 minute walk through the rainforest to the three lookouts is easy and worthwhile.

Devils's Pool at The Babinda Boulders Devils's Pool , Babinda Boulders

Natural rock sculpture, Babinda Boulders The holes in rock slab are caused by trapped stones spinning around during floods

Boulders to Goldsborough trail map  Walsh's Pyramid start-of-trail map

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