Babinda Half Day or Full Day Self-Guided Kayaking Experience

Duration | Half Day 4 hours (approx) | Full Day 8 hours (approx)
Mobile Ticket OK

Kayaking in Babinda provides a unique experience floating down Babinda creek at the foot hill of Queensland's two highest mountains. The journey can be split into half day, up to 4 hours or full day, up to 8 hours, relaxing, swimming and enjoying a picnic on a sandy beach.

The wild life swim, fly or hop by as you enjoy the beautiful relaxing experience taking in World Heritage Rain forest and farming lands. This is an activity for all ages, a few smaller rapids for the adventurous ones, and peace and relaxation all in one as you float down the crystal clear waters of this creek. The price is kept to a minimum to attract every person to encounter this experience.

What makes it great?

  • Suitable for all ages: small, accessible rapids for inexperienced kayakers
  • Spend the morning or the whole day on the creek, whatever suits your schedule
  • No-fuss round-trip transport provided from Babinda town to the creek and back
  • A perfect recreational activity for the whole family.


  • Transport by private vehicle to the starting point
  • Coffee and/or Tea


Mask and Snorkel (available for hire)

Departure times & locations

  • Departure Point: 330 Stager Road,Babinda
  • Return Details: Tour finishes at Rotary Park in Babinda
  • Start time for a half day tour is 8 am finishing at around 12pm or 1:30pm finishing at around 5:30pm.
  • The full day trip starts at an arranged time and finishing by 5:30pm 

Half Day Paddle
A relaxing half day paddle down a beautiful crystal clear moutain stream could be the begining of a fantastic day out. Let the gentle current take you downstream, take on a couple of mini rapids (or ripples!) along the way, stop on a sandy beach for a snack and a swim, then float downstream to your pick-up point. Phone Babinda Kayak Hire to come and pick you up and you will be taken back to your car.

Full Day
After your kayak adventure head into the Town of Babinda and grab a nice fresh take-away lunch from Yum Yum’s, or some lovely pastry from our fine Bakery. Drive 6km further along to the famous Babinda Boulders. Have a picnic on the Banks of Babinda Creek in tropical rainforest sorrounds and a beautifully maintained picnic area (with amenities). After lunch you can go for a swim in the designated safe swimming areas, then explore the fantastic Boulders via a beaufitul rainforest walkway.

Babinda also has a quaint little Arts and Crafts shop next to the blue visitor centre on the corner of the Hwy. This shop is full of unique crafts hand made exclusively by local artists. If you still have energy to burn, just 15 minutes drive away are the magnificent Josephine Falls, reputed by some to be the most beautiful falls in Far North Queensland. At the end of your day, you can head back home nice and refreshed and satisfied of a full day of exploring.

Family Kayaking
This is a perfect recreational activity for the whole family. We recommend that children be at least 5 years old and able to swim. Children should be old enough and adventurous enough to fall in (or be pushed in) as navigating around logs and negotiating small rapids presents a reasonable chance for falling in. Smaller kids can easily share an adults kayak for no extra charge (please advise so the best suited kayak can be reserved for you) often they prefer a kayak of their own. They love it for the adventure, fish life and swimming, adults love it for the serenity and relaxing scenic paddle.

How does it work?
You can hire kayaks for either a Half day (up to 4 hours) or a Full day (up to 8 hours). Half day hires must leave at 8:00am or 1:30pm. Full day hires can leave anytime, but must be ready for pick-up well before dark. Your kayaks will be waiting for you here at the Creeks edge, we put you in, then you paddle downstream at your own pace to the pickup point.

This is a one way trip only, paddling back to the hire location is not an option. A map is provided of the Creek illustrating the start point and the pick-up point. The pick-up point is about three hours paddling downstream and is very easily found.  When you get there, give Babinda Kayak Hire a call and they will come and pick you up.

Drift Snorkel Circuit
The water temperature is just perfect as the cool mountain water is warmed in the sun over mostly shallow creek bed – you wont want to get out! You will see many fish along the way, some turtles and birdlife and if you are lucky, a platypus. Babinda Creek’s waters are crystal clear and unless the water level is unusually high (after much rain) or you are passing deep holes, you will be able to see through to the bottom the entire way. The relaxing, peaceful sound of nature will follow you most of the way.

Additional Info

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

What to Bring:

  • Hat, sunscreen
  • Optional snorkel gear (ask about the drift snorkel circuit)
  • A bag for posessions
  • Mobile phone
  • Change of clothes
  • Picnic

Booking Info

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. If you require hotel transfers please have your hotel name ready when booking so we can send you a pick-up time with your confirmation.

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Departure Point: 330 Stager Road,Babinda
Return Details: Tour finishes at Rotary Park in Babinda
Start time for a half day tour is 8 am finishing at around 12pm or 1:30pm finishing at around 5:30pm.
The full day trip starts at an arranged time and finishing by 5:30pm