“Mother Nature’s Masterpiece” aka Babinda Kayaking is the best day out you will ever have with your dog!
330 Stager Road, Mirriwinni, QLD, 4861. Phone: 40672678.
Approximately 55 km south of Cairns along the Bruce Highway is Australia’s wettest town, Babinda. This Far North Queensland small country town is nestled between Queensland’s highest mountains.
Driving from Cairns, Babinda Kayaking is situated 500 m past Babinda bridge on the right-hand side. Follow the sign onto the property to check in with the owner, Peter.
These permanently flowing mountain streams make this activity accessible all year round and are home to turtles, fish and even the elusive platypus.
Child-friendly, dog-friendly, fun and relaxing half or full-day self-tour.
For the morning self-tour, we were kindly asked to be there at 8 am. The owner of the company will provide you with a dry box and a life jacket. For a half-day self-tour, it costs $45 per single person kayak or S.U.P. and there is a 10% discount local that you can take advantage of.
The single kayaks weigh 19 kg, are 280 cm long and have a maximum weight capacity of 150 kg. They are very stable and have enough extra room for a small child or a eski. Another option is to hire a double kayak for $70 for a half-day.
These larger kayaks weigh 32 kg, are 370 cm long and still have extra room for a small child and an eski. The S.U.Ps are extremely stable, weigh ~15 kg and are 350 cm long.
Advice: Bring your dog! It is fantastic that you can take your dog on this adventure with you and they get to swim along with your or float on your kayak. We brought our two cattle dogs along who loved every minute of it. Remember to take enough water, drinks and snacks and sunscreen because you are out on the creek for about 4 hours on the half-day self-tour.
The experience: you kayak/float downstream with a gentle current with a few little rapid / ripple sections where we had to get out of the kayaks to help them over rocks or fallen logs. There is a swing rope about an hour’s float down the creek where we stopped and played for a good 45 minutes. After which we found a secluded little beach that made a quaint place to stop for some lunch with stunning views of Bartle Frere Mountain range. By the time you come to the second rope swing you know you are near the first pick up point.
The bridge that crosses over the creek from Babinda has a sandy bank that you can pull up your kayak. Here you simply call Peter who comes down to the creek bank and helps bring your kayak up to his trailer and gives you a lift up to a minibus and thankfully there are towels on the seats to help keep them dry.
We did this trip in the very dry season and believe that if we were to do it again in the wet then the river would be following stronger and we would have completed the first section faster and been able to also complete the second section of the creek. It just means we get to go back again in the wet after some good heavy rains!
How fit do you need to be to kayak or S.U.P. down Babinda Creek?
Not at all, this is known by the locals as “Couch Potato Paddling”.
This permanently flowing creek varies in current and height dependent on the local rainfall. Therefore the creek looks very different at different times of the year. When we kayaked it in the dry season, it was after a long period of without any rain and there were a few short sections where we had to pull the kayaks across the pebbles and logs.
In and around Babinda there are many other local attractions which include Josephine Falls, Babinda Boulders, the Golden Hole, Eubenangee swamp and Bramston Beach. Information on the historical aspects and attractions in this area can be easily assessed at Babinda Information Centre.