The Babinda Boulders is a popular swimming spot and picnic area amid tropical rain forest in the foothills of the Bellenden Ker Range. It is named for a series of granite outcrops found along Babinda Creek, which provides cascades and swimming holes.
Facilities onsite cater for a range of outdoor pursuits including picnics, bush-walking, swimming, canoeing, commercial tourism, sightseeing and social events. There is also an unpowered campsite with basic amenities; maximum stay strictly 72 hours. (Note: The nearest RV dump point is at Babinda Rotary Park.)
Cairns Regional Council provides and maintains the facilities at the site.
Location: Boulders Road, Babinda, about 6km from the Babinda township (RV Friendly Town).
Facilities: picnic tables, seating, barbecues, toilets, walking tracks, viewing areas and platforms, play area, interpretative signs, unpowered campsite
Prohibited: dogs not allowed
Council has prepared a Babinda Boulders Master Plan, providing a staged approach to improve the visitor experience at the site while maintaining the natural character of the precinct.
Key features of the improvements works include:
- Seal existing long vehicle car parking area, pathways and signage
- Install main pedestrian spine and associated landscaping
- Construct new pedestrian entry, viewing platform for all abilities over the river at the main visitor area, interpretive and way-finding signage
- Install pathways within main pedestrian area
- Refurbish shelters, balustrades, bridges and decks
- Single centrally located barbecue hub
- Expand existing car park
- Provide new adventure play space and relocate existing one to a park elsewhere
- Provide all abilities access, ramping and platform to river from main day facilities area