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If you’re looking for something different and don’t mind a little bit of a drive (around an hour) you have to put Babinda Boulders on your “things to do in Cairns” list.
Babinda Boulders is a rainforest swimming hole, located around 60 kilometres South of Cairns. Don’t let the distance dissuade you though… it’s a little gem and certainly warrants a visit if you are looking for things to in in Cairns with kids, or even free things to do in Cairns. It’s also a favourite amongst people living in Cairns.
On the drive you’ll be travelling through cane fields, past beautiful homesteads and see the largest mountains in Queensland. The scenery is beautiful, but wait until you get to Babinda Boulders.
It’s beauty is surpassed by nothing. Surrounded by lush rainforest, Babinda provides several swimming holes to cool off in the tropical heat. I must warn you though, sometimes the waters can get a little fresh, so just be prepared for… freshness! Babinda Boulders not only beholds great beauty, but also a strong symbolism to local Aboriginal culture, involving a great love story from the Dream Time. Babinda Boulders also brings more than culture though.
Aside from the fact that you will be swimming in crystal clear mountains waters in a rainforest canopy, you can also check out the scenic walking tracks, have a bite to eat with the BBQ facilities provided or even just lounge on the grass under the shade and enjoy the tranquillity. Savour the moment, it is going to be one of those experiences.
Things to check out:
1. On the drive to Babinda, you’re going to see a peculiar house on the right hand side, probably around 10 minutes out of Babinda. The owners have landscaped an amazing huge garden. It’s nothing short of immaculate. It also comes with some resident mannequin statues. Quite a sight, even if you are currently living in Cairns.
2. Before you make the turn off into the town of Babinda, you will see some signs up about honey. Make sure you head to the local honey man, his honey is exquisite.
3. Babinda is a lovely little town and you are going to drive through it on your way to Babinda Boulders. It’s a cute country town, that hasn’t been ruined by tourism, still flaunting an old school character. Make sure you stop off and have a look around. The locals will welcome you with open arms. I’ll be writing an article about Babinda soon.
4. As beautiful as Babinda Boulders is, it also comes with its dangers. Be wary of fast flowing waters. There can be days after a good downpour that the waters run fast. People have been swept down the river and some tourists have drowned. Be aware. Be safe. Take note of your surroundings.
5. If you go bush walking in the rainforests, be prepared from some leeches. Try to wear shows as you’ll be surprised how many of those suckers lay close to the tracks waiting for their next tasty meal.