Babinda has a lovely park set aside for free camping just about 60km south of Cairns. The park is on the other side of the railway line from town but still within easy walking distance – maybe 600 metres.
Babinda Rest Area itself has good shade along the river though it is mostly closed off the campers now but there is still places to camp on grass or you can choose the flat gravel area above. I really recommend the gravel area in times of wet weather as it gets rather boggy on the grassy area as can be expected right next to a creek (which floods easily too!) It is a clean facility with limited covered picnic areas, toilets, hot water showers (gold coin operated) and a dump point.
The town has a couple of craft shops including a scrapbooking shop, cafes, mini supermarket, pharmacy, mechanic, pubs etc. So make use of the town as a thank you for having a free camp in the area. Without us free campers supporting the businesses, the town would suffer greatly.
We have stopped here before in 2012 and we find that it is becoming more and more popular as well as there are more and more RVs on the road now too!