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Devil's Pool as seen from its lookout

Devil's Pool is a natural pool in a treacherous stretch of Babinda Creek where large granite boulders fill the creek bed. It is one of the main attractions of the Babinda Boulders scenic reserve, near Babinda, Queensland, Australia.

In 2005, the Australia TV program Message Stick gave an account of the Pool through many interviews and testimonies of witnesses to investigate the prevalence of deaths of young male travellers over the years. The pools have taken approximately 20 lives since 1959. 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.

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