Wooroonooran National Park, Jaime Plaza Van Roon / Auscape International

Population 1168

A small sugar town south of Cairns, Babinda boasts abundant wildlife, secluded swimming holes and untouched rainforest in its surrounds. In adjacent Wooroonooran National Park are the state's two highest mountains, Mount Bartle Frere (1622 metres) and Mount Bellenden Ker (1592 metres).

Visitor Information

Cnr Bruce Hwy and Munro St; (07) 4067 1008.

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  • Mount Hypipamee National Park

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Nearby towns

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In Town

M&J Aboriginality: a family business specialising in traditional Aboriginal artefacts. Make your own didgeridoo or learn how to throw a boomerang; Howard Kennedy Dr; (07) 4067 1660.


Wooroonooran National Park Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the park has endemic species of plants and animals and spectacular walks through tropical rainforest. (Read More.) Swim in the watering hole at Josephine Falls, located at the base of Mt Bartle Frere, or see the Boulders, a large group of rocks worn smooth by tropical rains. Also visit the Mamu Canopy Rainforest Walk, which has spectacular views of the North Johnstone Gorge. Access off Bruce Hwy, west of Babinda; (07) 4061 5900.

Deeral: departure point for cruises through rainforest and saltwater crocodile haunts of the Mulgrave and Russell rivers. Deeral Cooperative makes footwear and Aboriginal artefacts; Nelson Rd; 14 km N.

Bramston Beach: small community behind long palm-lined beach; Bruce Hwy S to Miriwinni, then 12 km E.

Russell River National Park: small park on the coast with good birdwatching, swimming and canoeing; no facilities, 4WD access; (07) 4046 6600; 6 km N of Brampton Beach.

Fishing spots near town

Russell Heads 14 km

Russell Heads is the junction and estuary system of the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers, south of Cairns. I was fishing with Kieran Livingstone who had a Cairns Custom Craft aluminium, a solid boat ideal for river and... Find out more

Lake Tinaroo 42 km

Lake Tinaroo is built across the Barron River Gorge in the Atherton Tablelands; about two hours’ drive from Cairns via Gordonvale and Yungaburra. The lake was the first of Queensland’s impoundments stocked... Find out more

Trinity Inlet 44 km

The Cairns region offers more than gamefishing. South of the city are rivers like the Russell and Mulgrave; to the north are the Daintree and Mowbray Rivers. Anglers heading inland will find opportunities like the famous... Find out more

Cairns 50 km

Many international game anglers regard Cairns as the game fish capital of the world, with plenty of big black marlin – the Holy Grail of gamefishing. Granders or Julies, call them what you will, these huge female... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cheese-tasting 38 km

In the lush highlands of Millaa Millaa, overlooking Mount Bartle Frere, the certified biodynamic Mungalli Creek Dairy has a superb range of organic cheeses and yoghurts for sale and tastings. You can watch the delectable... Find out more

Savannahlander 49 km

This small two- or three-carriage train heads out across the savannah country from Cairns to Forsayth on a four-day round trip, allowing you to get off at towns and see key places, such as Undara, along the way. You can... Find out more

Breweries around town

Blue Sky Brewery 49 km

After a significant period between drinks, Cairns once again has a working brewery with the opening of Blue Sky Brewery in 2008. Located in the heart of the city, the microbrewery, bar and restaurant complex has six... Find out more

Campsites around town

Babinda Creek camping area

This campground beside the creek is a great spot for camping with kids. It’s east of the Bruce Hwy on Howard Kennedy Dr in Babinda, 24 km north of Innisfail. There is a maximum stay of 72 hr.... Find out more

The Boulders camping area 6 km

This campground beside a creek is 6 km west of Babinda on Boulders Rd, with signposted access off the Bruce Hwy. There are 5 sites with no more than 5 people per site. There is a maximum stay of 48 hr.... Find out more

Graham Range camping area (bush camping) 10 km

This sandy campground with 5 separate sites is next to the beach and accessible only by 4WD. To get here, turn off the Bruce Hwy at Miriwinni, 65 km south of Cairns, and follow the road for 17 km to Bramston Beach. At... Find out more

Bramston Beach Campground 10 km

This campground in a small village with just a general store provides a quiet, relaxing stopover or weekend getaway. Bramston Beach is on the coast, 10 km north-east of Miriwinni on the Bruce Hwy, with excellent coastal... Find out more

Western Summit camping area (walk-in camping) 13 km

Accessible only on foot, this campground is an 8 km walk from the Junction camping area at the Atherton Tableland (west) end of the walking trail. The Bartle Frere summit is just 750 m from this camp. There are no... Find out more

Eastern Summit camping area (walk-in camping) 13 km

This campground for self-sufficient campers has excellent views over Innisfail and the undulating Atherton Tableland. The site is 4 km north-west of Big Rock camping area and 7 km from the Josephine Falls parking area.... Find out more

Big Rock camping area (walk-in camping) 13 km

The Big Rock camp clearing is a 3 km walk north-west of the Josephine Falls parking area, and is suitable for self-sufficient campers only. For experienced walkers, Josephine Falls is the starting point for the difficult... Find out more

Goldsborough Valley camping area 16 km

This grassy, shady site for self-sufficient campers is on the banks of the Mulgrave River, 25 km south-west of Gordonvale. There are 4 numbered sites for e-permit holders, each with its own alcove. Open fires are... Find out more

Junction camping area (bush camping) 17 km

At the western end of the Mt Bartle Frere Trail, campers can walk in or access the site via road (unsuitable for conventional vehicles when wet). Go birdwatching during the day and search for possums by spotlight at... Find out more

Russell Island camping area (boat-based camping) 22 km

This sandy campground is on the north-east side of Russell Island, accessible by private boat. There are 6 numbered sites; open fires and generators are not permitted and you need to be self-sufficient. There are a few... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Flying Fish Point Tourist Park 24 km

This quality owner-operated park is across the road from the beach in this small community about 7 km from Innisfail. The park puts on cooked dinners on Saturday nights and has happy hour on Wednesday. It also offers... Find out more

Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park 44 km

This park is located on Tinaroo Dam, 17 km from Atherton. It is popular with anglers who come year round to catch barramundi from the stocked reservoir. The park has good basic facilities. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Big4 Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort 46 km

Enjoy the excellent facilities of this quality park, on the southern approach to the city 7 km from the centre of Cairns. There is a cafe, free minigolf, tennis and aqua aerobics, and the list continues. Bookings are... Find out more

BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park 49 km

On the outskirts of Atherton, about 2 km from the town centre, this tidy park has large shady trees and makes a good base for a few days while exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Cairnsvilla and Leisure Park 51 km

The park is 4 km from the centre of Cairns, set in a quiet area with beautiful tropical surrounds. It has very good facilities including a mini-mart and a TV room. It is an ideal park for a holiday.... Find out more

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park 51 km

Located in suburban Cairns, this park is easily accessible and is a good base to spend a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

King Reef Resort 52 km

This beachside caravan park is part of a hotel complex. It has good basic facilities and is very popular during holiday periods. Meals and normal hotel services are available. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday Park 52 km

This good quality park is easily accessible and only about 5 km from the centre of Cairns. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Cool Waters Holiday Park 54 km

Located in the foothills a few kilometers out of Cairns, this is a quality park with very good facilities. Pets are allowed, but small dogs only. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Walkamin Central Van Park 58 km

This is a relatively new owner-operated park adjacent to the Kennedy Highway. There are excellent amenities and a large central building with a camp kitchen and large open fireplace. There is not a lot of shade, but we... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat 24 km

By renting out nine elegant eco-accredited treehouses (near Malanda), the owners have funded a massive weed-clearing and revegetation program – including planting 20 000 trees – on their 92-hectare property,... Find out more

The Canopy, near Malanda 34 km

Located at Tarzali, this place comprises six beautiful glass and timber treehouses set in 40 hectares of rainforest that has never been logged, with Lumholtz tree-kangaroos creeping around, green ringtail possums,... Find out more

Possum Valley Rainforest Cottages 47 km

Near Millaa Millaa, the two secluded bush cabins here, on 62 hectares of bushland and rainforest, can sleep up to eight people each, and are completely powered by solar technology and a small water turbine in Possum... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Babinda rest area 1 km

T/O at Babinda

Secluded area on a riverbank located 500m south-east of the highway via the old Bruce Hwy.

The Boulders camping area 6 km

T/O at Babinda

Small campground located 6km west of the highway via the main street. Near a picnic area in the rainforest. Limited sites.

Bramston Beach camping area 11 km

At Bramston Beach

Idyllic foreshore campground situated 17km east of the highway.

Fred Drew rest area 20 km

4km N of Innisfail (L) or 26km S of Babinda (R)

Just off the road at the junction with the Palmerston Hwy.

Gordonvale park area 31 km

33km N of Babinda (R) or 27km S of Cairns (L)

Just off the highway at the Mulgrave River.

Diggers Creek rest area 51 km

18km N of Tully (R) or 34km S of Innisfail (L)

Small area adjacent to the highway.

Bingil Bay camping area 57 km

At Bingil Bay

Very small campground among dense vegetation on the foreshore, 7.5km east of the highway. Limited sites.

What's on around town

Harvestfest: celebrate the start of the cane season; May.

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