Posted Apr 20, 2017
The Boulders is a popular cool swimming and picnic area in the tropical rainforest in the foothills of Bartle Frere, at 1622m, Queensland’s highest mountain.
The Boulders area is named for a series of huge outcrops of granite boulders found along Babinda Creek amongst volumes of sparkling, cascading, cool, clear mountain water.
Be sure to stop in at the Babinda Information Centre on your way to the Boulders to get some local information and chat with the friendly volunteers.
With an exceedingly high average annual rainfall of 4614mm, the surge of water in the creek as it thunders through the Boulders adds to the wild beauty of the region. The creek is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest with a myriad of trees, ferns, vines, fungi, moss and lichen.
BABINDA BOULDERS - DEVILS POOL WALK
Babinda Boulders is a popular swimming hole and picnic area for locals and tourists, and a place of spiritual significance for Aboriginal people. It is managed as a flora and fauna reserve by the Cairns City Council. Please swim and walk in the designated areas here. 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.
The Devil's Pool Walk is a 1.3 kilometre return walk along Babinda Creek downstream from the picnic area. Slightly undulating along a rough bitumen track, the walk leads through the rainforest to two viewing platforms where the creek cascades down a series of spectacular waterfalls, granite boulders and washpools.
Once you have had a walk and a swim, you'll be ready for a coffe and a snack at the Babinda Bakery - voted Best Cairns Bakery in 2017.
A Babinda favourite, the Babinda Bakery is the one-stop-shop for delectable yummies, refreshing drinks and smiling staff. Catch up with your friends and family for a fresh and fantastic meal.
Babinda Bakery is run and owned by the McAlloon family.
Photo: Tropical Coast Tourism