Innisfail & The Boulders

Innisfail was our next destination. We needed to get some supplies from a major centre and so we decided to try Innisfail where we had also pre-arranged to have some mail forwarded to there from home. What a delight it was to enjoy a pizza there for lunch. We also wanted to buy new tyres for the Landcruiser before heading into the Cape but after trying a couple of places, we decided to pick them up closer to Cairns, in a small town called Gordonvale. We camped at the Fred Drew Park (Camps 6: 18). It is a grassy spot right opposite a cane field and at the junction of 2 highways, hence it is a rather noisy location.

The Boulders are just 6 km west of Babinda and were a really lovely surprise to us. I had just been expecting a interesting boulder strewn walking track. What we got was a beautiful BBQ and picnic area adjacent to some wonderful fast flowing waterfalls and a swimming hole. We free camped at the nearby campgrounds by the same name (Camps 6: 13). It is a very small campground surrounded by mown grassed picnic tables and open space. The camp ground supposedly holds only 10 campers/vans in twin share dedicated bays. However on both nights we had an extra vehicle ‘squeezed’ in. (Sites 5 & 6 are the flattest/level sites there!). It is one of the best free camp grounds we have been to. I suppose being a free camp, we really can’t complain about the cold water only showers available there; the toilets were good and were cleaned every day! it is certainly well worth a visit. Roll up early if you want to get in here especially in the busy season, however if you miss out here, we heard the nearby Babinda Rest Area (Camps 6:14) is a good alternative.

I wanted to stop in Babinda for a look around the country shops including a craft shop but we needed to be in Cairns earlier than first thought, so we had to drive right on past.

All the images in the blog entry are various views at The Boulders! Make sure to visit this magical place when you are in the area.

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