Ba-Ba-Babinda Boulders, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

 

Babinda Creek’s clear waters at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Babinda Creek’s clear waters at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

The small township Babinda lies 80 km’s south of Cairns along the Stuart Highway.

Floral display in black and white at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Floral display in black and white at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

This area, including Tully, holds the Australian record for annual rainfall, a refreshing factor for the driest continent on earth.

Leafy display at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Leafy display at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

It shows all around. I never experienced the sun peaking through low clouds during my two-day work experience at Babinda Bakery. Yes, two days only.

Distant peaks  at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Distant peaks at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Queensland’s two highest peaks, Mount Bartle Frere and Mount Bellenden Ker line the Great Dividing Range inland from here.

Wet and wild at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Wet and wild at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Incoming moisture from the ocean gets trapped by this mountain range and is released again over the lush rainforest.

50 shades of green at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

50 shades of green at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

All shades of green are on display. These mountains are also the eastern border of the Atherton Tablelands high plateau.

Granite marbles at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Granite marbles at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

While Tully holds an artificial ‘Biggest Gumboot’ as their pride and joy, Babinda has its own gigantic pride.

Babinda Boulders  at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Babinda Boulders at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Huge boulders line Babinda Creek as it plummets through narrow gorges. Seeing the size of these granite giants left me wondering on how and when they ended up here.

Cascading downstream at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Cascading downstream at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Nature’s creativity and force is hard to miss around here.

Natural art at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Natural art at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Washed up and rotten trees are the perfect domain for fungi in this humid environment.

Fascinating floral display at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Fascinating floral display at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

This lush rainforest is breathtaking.

Living it up on the rocks at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Living it up on the rocks at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

No space is wasted for flora to flourish wherever it can.

Decomposing at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Decomposing at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Wherever plants can regrow, they will.

Natural life support at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Natural life support at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Incredibly, this sole tree supports countless bushes and scrubs. I can only imagine how many different rainforest dwellers benefit from this first oasis.

Essential race for sunlight  at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Essential race for sunlight at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Sunlight is essential but hard to find within this dense jungle.

Forest housing at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Forest housing at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Moss covered fallen trees create a perfect dwelling for mammals and reptiles.

Pool reflections at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Pool reflections at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Rising floodwaters carved sidearms of the main creek bed.

Stagnant clear waters at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Stagnant clear waters at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

These become stagnant pools during the dry season and support freshwater life within this lively rainforest.

Cassowary haven at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Cassowary haven at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

This is a perfect habitat for cassowaries as their fruity droplets suggest.

Paradise for big and small at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Paradise for big and small at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

I wasn’t so lucky to discover any cassowary here this time.

Colourful surprises at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Colourful surprises at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Instead, a small honeyeater displayed his favourite nectar source.

From flower to flower at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

From flower to flower at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Colourful and tiny, he was fluffing from flower to flower.

A healthy water system  at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

A healthy water system at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Babinda Boulders National Park is well worth a visit.

Perfect for a refreshing dip at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Perfect for a refreshing dip at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

It is a wonderful spot for a picnic or refreshing dip in icy waters. If you feel a bit more adventurous, you may take the plunge from these solid boulders.

Boulder jumping in style at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Boulder jumping in style at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

If you feel like a 30-meter free-fall that is.

Thrill seeking at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Thrill seeking at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

A group of Argentinian travellers did exactly that, a thrill-seeking adrenaline rush. A walking trail follows Babinda Creek as it cuts through the granite escarpment.

Giant footsteps at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Giant footsteps at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

You can follow this path in the footsteps of this giant.

Granite tumble at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Granite tumble at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

He may have stumbled over some fallen trees before, passing several viewing platforms over the gorge.

Whirlpool action at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Whirlpool action at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Surging waters plunge from upper levels, washing out already existing whirlpools. Only the heaviest boulders can withstand the rushing power, for now. The broader view shows the impact these floodwaters have. It is a vivid combination of dense rainforest and water blasted granite marbles. Marbleous.

Colourful tranquility  at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Colourful tranquility at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

A false sense of tranquillity emerges, sitting high and dry on these colourful granite rocks.

Calm and clear waters of Babinda Creek at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Calm and clear waters of Babinda Creek at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Once Babinda Creek’s rushing waters are tamed, it’s crystal clear waters mellow through the township to join Russel River.

Camping area not far at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Camping area not far at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

There is also the option to Free Camp not far from the carpark, which includes a toilet block and stationary tables at some campsites.

Mammal campspot at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Mammal campspot at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

However, limited space is available and the ‘First Come, First serve’ rule applies. A maximum stay of 48 hours is the norm.

Pride and prejudice at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Pride and prejudice at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Now and then, a colourful foreigner strides his pride for visitors.

Peacock feathers backview at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Peacock feathers backview at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

And he does it in style.

Peacock gala at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Peacock gala at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Exhibiting his spectral wall of feathers, this peacock gets plenty of attention.

No luck again at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

No luck again at Babinda, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Not from females of his kind though.

One thought on “Ba-Ba-Babinda Boulders, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

  1. Beautiful photos,,,looks a awesome place to do work experience,,will have to visit that region myself one day soon……

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