Photographer's Note

This is the Devil's Pool, also known as The Boulders in a small town in Far North Queensland called Babinda. Since 1959, this pool has claimed 17 lives and is steeped in tragedy and local folklore.

This is the tale of the Babinda Boulders, recounted by an Aboriginal Elder, "There was a tribe that lived here. In this tribe was an elder, and his name was called Waroonoo and Waroonoo was promised to a girl called Oolana. When they got married, they had a big dance. As they went dancing a wandering tribe passed through and they welcomed them. In this tribe was a handsome young warrior and his name was Dyga. Oolana fell in love with him, and he fell in love with Oolana. While they were dancing, they decided to run further up the creek and camp there overnight. And at the morning, the wandering tribe and our tribe saw that they were missing. So they went in search of them and they said to Oolana, "You've got to come with us." And his tribe took him away. And when she saw that, she just came and she threw herself into the creek. She loved him that much. And there was a mighty upheaval, and rocks were strewn everywhere and where she lay is now called the Devil's Pool. And every now and again she might call a wandering man to her, thinking that it's Dyga".

Babinda is one of my favourite country towns. It has a population of just over 1,000 people and its greatest claim to fame - aside from the Devil's Pool - is that it is a consistent winner of the Golden Gum Boot Award. It has the highest average rainfall in Australia, of 4,250 mm annually. To give you an idea, London has an average annual rainfall of around 750mm, Dublin 1200mm, Rome 400mm, Paris 300mm. The international Gum Boot Award, however goes to two towns in India.

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Viewed: 1979
Points: 26
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Additional Photos by Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5631 W: 351 N: 12427] (60240)
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