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Southern Cairns: Gordonvale & Babinda

Discover Cairns’ Southern Corridor

Cairns’ southern region is an area of breathtaking natural beauty with a whole lot of country charm. Dive into refreshing swimming holes, tackle spectacular hiking trails, sink a cold one at a rustic pub or discover untouched Great Barrier Reef Islands.

Babinda Boulders

Babinda Boulders

Babinda passionately competes with nearby Tully for the title of Australia’s wettest town with an average rainfall of over four metres. This rain feeds the town’s most iconic attraction, Babinda Boulders.

Cool off in the refreshing swimming hole and take a walk on the Devil’s Pool walk to discover incredible views and the tragic Dreamtime story of Oolana and Dyga. Utilise the free barbeque facilities or stock up on a picnic lunch with treats from the famous Babinda Bakery.

Babinda Boulders

Walshs Pyramid

Whenever a Cairns local is returning home from the south, the first thing they look out for is the iconic Walshs Pyramid (Yidinji: Djarragun) of Gordonvale. Whilst beautiful from below, it’s also a popular hiking track, climbing 3kms to reach the summit at 922m, and rewarding you with 360º views over canefields and rainforest.

Each August, Gordonvale plays host to the Great Pyramid Race where participants tackle a 12km course from the township to the top and back. It’s quite the affair with celebrations running all day and night.

Walshs Pyramid

Fishery Falls Hotel

Country charm

You’ll often feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you explore the townships in rural Australia. Life moves a little slower, the people are relaxed and friendly, with a cold drink and a hearty pub feed always nearby. 

Listen to live music and enjoy a coldie overlooking the Little Mulgrave River at the Mountain View Hotel, catch a movie at the historic Babinda Munro Theatre, step back in time at the Babinda Museum or find trinkets and toffee at the Gordonvale Cottage Markets each month. During harvest season, the air is aromatic with the smell of sugar cane which is grown in abundance throughout the region.

Behana Gorge Wet Season

Behana Gorge

If waterfalls and hiking are on your list of favourite things, Behana Gorge is unmissable. Your undulating 3.2km walk to Clamshell Falls, the main attraction, is rewarded with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters running off Queensland’s second tallest mountain.

If you’re up for an adrenaline fix, you can zipline, slide, leap or jump aboard with Cairns Canyoning who operate canyoning tours down the gorge.

Behana Gorge

Mulgrave River, Goldsborough Valley Camping Grounds

Pitch a tent

Whether you’re a beachcomber, an island dreamer, a rainforest soul, or like to tough it out on an overnight hike, you’ll find a great place to camp through this region. 

Free camping sites are located at Greenpatch Reserve in Gordonvale, Babinda Rotary Park and Babinda Boulders, while holiday parks can be found at Fishery Falls or Bramston Beach. Queensland Parks camping grounds can be found at Russell River, Wooroonooran and Frankland Island National Parks. 

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Normanby Island, Frankland Island Group

Reef, rainforest & river

Combine reef, rainforest and river into one spectacular adventure to the Frankland Islands. Tours depart from the small village of Deeral and cruise down the Mulgrave River before reaching rainforest-clad Normanby Island, fringed with stunning coral reef and full of marine life.

Camp at High and Russell Islands, accessible via your own boat or Frankland Island Reef Cruises can arrange transfers to Russell Island only.

Discover the Frankland Islands

Josephine Falls waterslide

Nature’s playground

When your waterfall comes with its own natural waterslide, you know it’s going to be good. Discover the pristine waters of Josephine Falls flowing directly off Queensland’s highest mountain.

The eastern trailhead for Mount Bartle Frere departs just by the Josephine Falls carpark.

Josephine Falls


  • Swim in only designated swimming areas and always follow the advice from Queensland Parks and never venture into out of bounds zones, flooded waters or dangerous areas to prevent serious injury or death. Be alert during the wetter months or in stormy weather as water may rise rapidly.

  • Just near Deeral on your way south from Cairns to Babinda, the Mulgrave and Russell Rivers converge. These systems make a great place to wet the line, whether you fish from near the boat ramps, bring your own boat or book a tour with an operator like Fish Tales Charters Cairns. Always remember to be croc-wise in croc country.

  • Eubenangee Swamp, near the town of Mirriwinni, is a birdwatchers’ paradise. Take the 1.5km walking track for the opportunity to see over 190 bird species.

  • Visit Bramston Beach for a relaxing, uncrowded beach getaway. Pick a spot of sand on the 11km of beach and look out for the pod of humpback dolphins that often cruise the bay. It’s not uncommon to catch fish right from the beach here. Southern Cassowaries are often spotted in the area.

  • Hire a kayak or SUP from Babinda Kayaking and paddle your way down Babinda Creek. Bring a picnic lunch, spot turtles and fish and take on some mini rapids for a great day out. Dogs are welcome.

  • The 19km Goldfield Trail connects Babinda Boulders to Goldsborough Valley, with a campsite situated at a causeway crossing approximately halfway. The full trail can be completed by foot only, but bikers are able to complete the first half of the trail from Goldsborough.

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