Babinda Slides(Falls)

4 h 30 min to 6 h

6.1 km
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Hard track
Starting from the end of Bartle Frere Goldfield Road, Babinda, this walk takes you to the Babinda Slides (Falls) via the Goldfield and Babinda Slides tracks. Prepare to be amazed by the crystal clear creeks and gushing waterfalls. There are also great swimming spots that are a remedy for the hot & humid rainforest weather. The orchids and fungi are quite eye-catching, and the dense canopy allows you to take in the scenery without getting baked. Keep in mind that the track requires some rock hopping and scrambling. One of the creek crossings is usually waist-deep, so prepare accordingly. Look out for wild boars(feral pigs) and wait-a-while plants. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-17.3414146,145.8696475)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bruce Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Munro Street then drive for 6.6 km
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the end of Bartle Frere Road(The Boulders Road), head along the Goldfield Trail as you move directly away from the car park, passing by the toilet facilities to your left. Follow the said trail as it takes you deeper into the rainforest. 425 metres into the journey(from the start), turn left at the 3-way intersection to continue along Babinda Slides(Falls) Track. Keep an eye out for pink tapes/ribbons. Realign with the creek if you get lost.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a car park (about 7 m back from the start).
After 50 m pass the toilet (30 m on your left).
Veer right, to head along Goldfield Trail.
After another 10 m pass the playground (7 m on your right).
After another 10 m pass the BBQ (10 m on your left).
After another 40 m come to the "The Boulders" (25 m on your right).
After another 330 m (at the intersection of Goldfield Trail & Babinda Slides Track) turn left, to head along Babinda Slides Track.
After another 2.6 km come to "Babinda Slides(Falls)".
Babinda Slides(Falls)
Babinda Slides(Falls)

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Turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.1 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Babinda Slides(Falls)


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 6.1 km
Time 4 h 30 min to 6 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 95 m from the start.

Toilet: There is one 40 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
40 m[toilet]
Camp site
95 mThe Boulders
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