Devil's Pool

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Devil's Pool as seen from its lookout

Devil's Pool or Babinda Boulders is a natural pool at the confluence of three streams among a group of boulders near Babinda, Queensland, Australia.

In 2005, the Australia TV program Message Stick gave an account of the Pool through interviews and testimonies of witnesses to investigate the prevalence of deaths to young male travellers over the years.[1] The pools have taken 17 lives since 1959.[2] The local council urges visitors to stay within a designated swimming area to be safe.


A sign warns of the dangers of swimming there because the water is deep and fast flowing through channels and over underwater rocks but deaths still occur – some by swimming, others by falling in unexpectedly, many being wedged in a rock "chute". On 30 November 2008, Tasmanian naval seaman James Bennett became the 17th person to drown at the site since 1959.[3]


  1. ^ "Babinda Boulders and Surf Dreaming". Message Stick. 2005-05-27. ABC.
  2. ^ Rankin, Robyn (7 November 2009). "Tourist snaps Babinda Boulders' ghost". The Cairns Post. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  3. ^ Rollings, Barry (17 September 2009). "Navy runs for Jimmy" (PDF). Navy. Retrieved 2009-11-08.

Coordinates: 17°20′28″S 145°52′09″E / 17.34111°S 145.86917°E / -17.34111; 145.86917