In the shadow of Queensland’s highest peak, 1611 metres Mt Bartle Frere, on the fringe of the Ballenden Ker National Park, Babinda has the distinction of attracting even more tropical rain than nearby Tully - water-logged inspiration to so many bush balladeers.
But the tropical climate has its compensations. There is an idyllic creek and picnic area at the foot of a waterfall which tumbles over The Boulders - an awesome granite outcrop steeped in Aboriginal mysticism.
From nearby Deeral, one can cruise through the rainforest of the crocodile-infested Mulgrave and Russell Rivers.
Babinda also hosts a significant indigenous art and craft gallery which features traditional digeridoos, boomerangs, woomeras, nulla nullas, spears, firesticks, shields and works of art including bark paintings.
Just to the south of Babinda, the Bruce Highway turnoff at Miriwinni leads to Bramston Beach which offers swimming and bushwalks.