Babinda

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Babinda
Queensland
Babinda.JPG
Babinda on a typical rainy day
Babinda is located in Queensland
Babinda
Babinda
Coordinates 17°20′42″S 145°55′30″E / 17.34500°S 145.92500°E / -17.34500; 145.92500Coordinates: 17°20′42″S 145°55′30″E / 17.34500°S 145.92500°E / -17.34500; 145.92500
Population 1,068 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 4861
Location
LGA(s) Cairns Region
State electorate(s) Mulgrave
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
27.66 °C
82 °F
19.92 °C
68 °F
4,200 mm
165.4 in

Babinda is a small town and suburb in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] It is located 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Cairns. At the 2011 Australian Census the town recorded a population of 1,068.[1]

The town is noted for its proximity to two of Queensland's highest mountains Mount Bartle Frere and Mount Bellenden Ker.

Babinda and Tully annually compete for the Golden Gumboot, an award for Australia's wettest town. Babinda is usually the winner, recording an annual rainfall of over 4,200 millimetres each year.

History[edit]

Babinda takes its name from the local Indigenous Australian language for mountain.[4] Other sources, however, claim it is a Yidinji word for water, possibly referring to the high rainfall of the area.[2][5]

Babinda State School opened on 4 November 1914.[6]

Babinda Post Office opened by 1915 (a Babinda Creek receiving office had been open since 1891).[7]

World War 1 memorial, Babinda, 2006

The Babinda War Memorial was unveiled by the chairman of the Cairns Shire Council Seymour Warner on 25 April 1927.[8]

In March 2006, Babinda was struck by Cyclone Larry, damaging up to 80% of buildings.[9]

Heritage listings[edit]

Babinda has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Demographics[edit]

The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 1,167 persons in Babinda on census night. Of these, 49.7% were male and 50.3% were female.[12]

The majority of residents (79.7%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being Italy (2.7%) and New Zealand (2.0%).[12]

The age distribution of Babinda residents is skewed slightly higher than the greater Australian population. 70.1% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 29.9% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[12]

Community[edit]

The local newspaper is the Innisfail Advocate. There are many different community events in Babinda. The annual Harvest Festival is celebrated in June and features some unusual events including the Sugar Bowl competition, the Gumboot Toss and the Umbrella Toss (reflecting Babinda's connection to the sugar industry and its wet weather). The festival has been running since the 1960s but did not occur in 2006 due to Cyclone Larry.[13][14][15]

Schools[edit]

Babinda is served by Babinda State School, on Boulders Road, and St Rita's School, on Church Street.

Attractions[edit]

Babinda Creek, as seen from The Boulders picnic area

The Boulders and Devil's Pool are popular tourist attractions. A picnic area is located nearby, beside Babinda Creek.

Transportation[edit]

Babinda is situated on the Bruce Highway. The town has a railway station for access to long-distance train services, namely The Sunlander and the Tilt Train.

Climate[edit]

Babinda is well known and recognised as the wettest town in Australia, with an annual average rainfall of 4279.4mm. Monthly totals over 1000mm are not uncommon, and sometimes, usually between January and April, whole months will go by without a single sunny day. The wet season lasts from December to May, while the 'dry season' occurs from June to November. During the wet season, heavy monsoonal downpours occur almost daily and occasionally even heavier rain from tropical lows or cyclones occurs. Rainfall still totals well over 100mm a month during the dry season, however is usually in the form of coastal showers, which can range from 1 or 2 millimeters, to brief 100mm+ downpours. Thunderstorms with dangerous lightning and damaging winds can be a threat from October to December, however this threat decreases when the monsoon begins to take over in January.

Climate data for Babinda Post Office
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.6
(87.1)
30.4
(86.7)
29.5
(85.1)
28.0
(82.4)
26.1
(79)
24.3
(75.7)
23.8
(74.8)
24.9
(76.8)
26.5
(79.7)
28.0
(82.4)
29.4
(84.9)
30.4
(86.7)
27.66
(81.77)
Average low °C (°F) 23.2
(73.8)
23.3
(73.9)
22.5
(72.5)
21.0
(69.8)
19.0
(66.2)
16.7
(62.1)
15.7
(60.3)
16.2
(61.2)
17.6
(63.7)
19.6
(67.3)
21.5
(70.7)
22.7
(72.9)
19.92
(67.87)
Precipitation mm (inches) 644.9
(25.39)
744.9
(29.327)
801.0
(31.535)
535.1
(21.067)
348.2
(13.709)
202.1
(7.957)
143.9
(5.665)
113.2
(4.457)
123.5
(4.862)
125.1
(4.925)
190.6
(7.504)
306.9
(12.083)
4,279.4
(168.481)
Source: bom.gov.au[16]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Babinda (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Babinda (entry 1081)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Babinda (entry 45553)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  4. ^ (31 October 2001). What's in a name? – 3. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  5. ^ Babinda. Cairns Connect. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  6. ^ ""B"". Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Babinda War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Larry's catastrophic toll". The Courier-Mail. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2006. 
  10. ^ "Babinda Hotel (entry 17009)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  11. ^ "Babinda Air Raid Shelter (entry 30110)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  12. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Babinda (Cairns City) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "Babinda Harvest Festival". Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Babinda Harvest Festival". Northern Greenhouse, Cairns. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Operation Recovery Update: Issue 44". Queensland Government. July 2007. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Climate Statistics for Babinda, QL". Retrieved 9 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Babinda, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons