Around the Babinda and Bramston Beach region there are many wet or dry recreational pursuits to thrill you!
Often you cannot plan the weather but these outdoor experiences should get you cool, wet or at least exposed to the water: Fishing at Bramston Beach; Swimming at The Boulders; Bird watching in a significant habitat national park; or kayaking the gentle Babinda Creek. Paintballing through a unique rainforest mountain park with a large group will have you sweating at least. Finish off by downing an icy cold beer at the main pub - real wet options!
Alternatively, the dry options include: Relaxing with a great coffee and a good book at the café in Bramston Beach; or enjoying a picnic basket of freshly baked pastries from the bakery at a local swimming hole. Maybe drop into the Babinda Information Centre to find out more about local history and activities. Get yourself really comfortable in a deck chair and watch a latest release movie in a truly unique local theatre. Again an icy cold beer and a steak will ensure you have completed a balanced (and dry) recreational experience!
As you drive along The Tropical Coast from Innisfail, turn off the Bruce Highway at Mirriwinni to explore Eubenangee Swamp National Park. This wetland is world renowned with more than 190 bird species. Water birds are prolific, birds of prey circle overhead, the vulnerable crimson finch can be seen in the grasslands and crocodiles are sometimes spotted in the Alice River.
Drive further to the peaceful village of Bramston Beach. The beach has a stinger net and a small range of accommodation including caravan park, motel, B&Bs and holiday homes. Bramston Beach is a popular fishing spot; anglers can expect to catch bream, grunter, whiting and possibly a jumping cod from the beach, at the right time of year. From Bramston Beach you can access the Russell River National Park with a 4WD to camp or fish.
Babinda is framed by Queensland’s two highest mountains, Mt Bartle Frere (1622m), and Mt Bellenden Ker (1593m), which gets an average 10-12 metres of rain each year. The rural township subsequently boasts the highest rainfall in Australia, with average rainfall in excess of 4m. Here some of the region’s most challenging and rewarding trails cross this rugged World Heritage area. Take a dip in the cool mountain water of the Babinda Boulders, this pretty reserve has a picnic area, safe swimming area, campground and signposted walks. Downstream the creek settles to offer a unique experience to swim or kayak in the clear waters with sandy beaches to spot fish, turtles and even platypus.
In the Babinda township itself you will find Art Deco buildings, an historic hotel, friendly shops and services as well as the Babinda Information Centre. The Babinda Air Raid Shelter is Queensland’s most intact World War 2 public air raid shelter and now serves as a brightly painted toilet block.
The heritage-listed Babinda State Hotel was built from rainforest timbers in 1917 by the Queensland Government as part of a policy to stop sly grogging by monopolising and ending the liquor supply. The hotel was the sole government enterprise established during this period of Labor government to turn a profit.
Babinda Boulders - Photo by K a t i e P u r l i n g
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