For the next part of our Queensland roadtrip we went in search of rivers, creeks and waterfalls, starting with Babinda Boulders.
As we were driving along Bruce Highway (best road name ever) we saw a little road sign saying the boulders were only 7km away so we took a detour and parked up next to Babinda Creek.
The boulders are a series of huge round outcrops of granite strewn along Babinda Creek.
The creek begins high on Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland’s highest mountain, 1622m above the coast. Massive surges of water fall down the creek after rainfall and storms giving the creek it’s wild and dangerous beauty.
Surrounding the creek is in Wooroonooran National Park. Dense, tropical plants line the waters edge and provide fun points to climb up and jump off into the water, as demonstrated by Ross.
The Babinda Boulders are part of the traditional lands of the Yidinjy people; their whole lives entwine with the plants, animals and seasons of the tropical forest. It was very interesting to read up on the story of the Yidinjy people, their culture and legends especially.
In fact, the legend of The Boulders is a great tale….
The story goes that a young Aboriginal woman, Oolana, was promised to a tribal elder but she fell in love with Dyga, a handsome young visitor from another tribe.
Oolana and Dyga ran away but their angry tribespeople tracked them down. Dyga’s people captured him and cried out how he had shamed them. They said they would travel away and never return.
Oolana’s people dragged her back and forced her to return to the tribe.
However, Oolana was heartbroken and broke free, throwing herself into the water, throwing up huge boulders and rushing waters that form the Babinda Boulders we see today.
Some people say Oolana’s spirit still haunts the Boulders, drawing young wanderers to their death as she searches for Dyga.
Luckily we didn’t encounter Oolana when we took a visit to the Boulders, instead we met some fun loving travellers who took part with Ross jumping off the highest boulders into the deep creek.
If you happen to be passing the boulders then definitely take the detour. Come rain or shine it’s a great spot to swim freely and experience tropical Queensland. For safety, part of Babinda Boulders has recently been shut to swimmers, but you can still enjoy the many rainforest walks and picnic spots.