Cairns Go-Kart Hire
December 22, 2013
We have booked to go this afternoon and are all looking forward to a fun packed dayNicholas Mason
July 20, 2013
We had a family holiday in Cairns and hired a car through Gem Rent-a-Car. Whilst the car was adequate the customer service displayed by this company was not. The initial quote was for a large car but we were given a medium car without any prior communication and then charged at the large car price. Contacting the owner by phone was difficult as he was always 'on the road with a client' and he requested that emails be sent. Emails were sent as per his direction with no responses for days. I am still awaiting a CORRECT refund! I found this to be a poorly organised company with seemingly little administrative support.Deborah Lambert
Flames of the Forest
February 25, 2013
I was treated to a most beautiful evening at Flames under the forest whilst on holidays in Cairns with my boyfriend in January and we absolutely loved it. The sounds and smells of the forest were just so unbelievably different to anything else we have ever experienced and the food and service was excellent. He just recently asked me to be his wife and of course I said yes so we will be looking at Flames for our wedding venue next year as a definate. W3e want to show our family and friends what we discovered not only at flames but also Port Douglas. If you are going to Cairns make sure you make a booking as they get very bust and do not operate every evening.Rebecca Thurston
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
January 29, 2013
Just over a year ago ,my wife and I plus our daughter . travelled on both the skyrail and scenic rail. it was amazing, the view and the beauty was out of this world. would love to do it again sometime,Alan Williams
Cultural Place Cairns
January 26, 2013
We were looking for an authentic indiginous experience whilst in Cairns and we are so happy this was recommended to us. We had a great time and thank you for a great night.Saachi James Mason
The Devil's Pool Legend
The Babinda Boulders is not just a beautiful swimming hole, but the area also holds great significance for local Aboriginal people.
According to legend a beautiful girl named Oolana, from the Yidinji people, married a respected elder from her tribe named Waroonoo. Shortly after their union another tribe moved into the area and a handsome young man came into her life. His name was Dyga and the pair soon fell in love. Realising the adulterous crime they were committing, the young lovers escaped their tribes and fled into the valleys. The elders captured them, but Oolana broke free from her captors and threw herself into the still waters of what is now known as Babinda Boulders, calling for Dyga to follow her. As Dyga hit the waters, her anguished cries for her lost lover turned the still waters into a rushing torrent and the land shook with sorrow. Huge boulders were scattered around the creek and the crying Oolana disappeared among them.
Aboriginal legend says her spirit still guards the boulders and that her calls for her lost lover can still be heard.
While swimming at the Boulders, it is important to be safety conscious and not take risks. The fast flowing water of the Devil's Pool has taken 15 lives since 1959. These victims have mostly been young men behaving carelessly who ventured too close to the deceptive currents and rocks. This tragedy must be avoided so please be careful.
But don't let that put you off! It is a beautiful place and with common sense it is very safe. Stick to the designated swimming pools, and you'll be able to enjoy the Babinda Boulders just like the locals have been for years. If you have been driving for many hours along the highway, or are just in need of a refreshing swim, the Boulders are a wonderful treat.
The Boulders are located 7 kilometres from Babinda and 58km south of Cairns.
Drive to The Boulders
From Cairns head south along the Bruce Highway for about 1 hour and turn right into the town of Babinda. Road signs then direct the way to the swimming hole.
The drive between Cairns and Babinda passes through spectacular mountainous scenery and luscious rainforest as well as sugar and banana farming communities. Queensland's two highest mountains; Mt Bartle Frere and Mt Bellenden Ker are both visible along the drive.
The township of Babinda is worth a look at while you're in the area. Although it may look like yet another sleepy country town, Babinda does have some interesting facts
- Many of North Queensland's best artists choose to call Babinda home
- The rainforest surrounding Babinda is kept lush and verdant due to Babinda's high annual rainfall