How To get To Devil's Pool at Babinda Boulders
The Devil's Pool walk is a 1.3 kilometre return walk along the Babinda Creek downstream from the Babinda Boulders 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.
The Devil's Pool Legend
The Babinda Boulders offers not just a beautiful swimming hole, but this rainforest region also holds great significance for local Aboriginal people.
According to legend a beautiful young 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. Now this area is known as Devil's Pool.
While swimming at Babinda Boulders, it is important to be safety conscious and not take risks. The fast flowing water of the Devil's Pool has taken 18 lives since 1959. These victims have mostly been young men and women 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 Babinda Boulders are a wonderful treat.
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Self - Drive to the Babinda Boulders Swimming Hole
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
Cairns Rainforest & Waterfalls Tour | Atherton Tablelands Discovery Tour | ATE-WW
- Departs From:
11.5 hours (approx)
Join our Cairns rainforest tour and visit wonderful waterfalls and swimming holes. Visit Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls, Mount Hypipamee, Curtain Fig Tree, Lake Eacham Volcano, see Platypus and go to the Malanda Pub for lunch.
Cairns Rainforest Tours | Wooroonooran | Wetlands | Waterfalls | River Cruise | WRS
- Departs From:
9.5 hours (approx.) - 8:00am to 5:30pm
Our wonderful Cairns rainforest tour enables you to see so much more in a day tour. Visit Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls, Eubangee Wetlands, and cruise the Johnstone River to look for crocodiles, see Platypus, cute wallabies and tree kangaroos.
Cairns Rainforest Tours | Waterfalls & Paronella Park | NEXP
- Departs From:
10.5 hours (approx)
Visit the famous attraction of Paronella Park, the Curtain fig Tree, Millaa Millaas Falls, Theresa Falls, the Twin Kauri Pines, Lake Barrine and more, walk through the surrounding Wooroonooran National Park Rainforest and hear of the Aboriginal myths and legends that originate in this breathtaking environment.
When visiting our Wet Tropics regions in Cairns and Far North Queensland it's a good idea to pack a picnic so you can totally relax and enjoy the ambience of the lush cool World Heritage Listed rainforests for the whole day.
Our National Parks are inspected daily by the park rangers and all of the barbeque and picnic facilities are kept in hygienic order for use by park visitors.
Please be sure to clean all of the facilities that you have used so others may also enjoy those same facilities. Also anything you bring into a National Park in Cairns should leave the National Park with you.
Facilities Babinda Boulders
- Maintained walking trail