With the majority of the state still gripped in drought, it may seem a little strange to southerners that every year towns across Queensland’s Far North, compete for the coveted Golden Gumboot, an award signifying the town with the countries highest rainfall.
Once again Babinda has won the Golden Gumboot for 2019 with 3278.8mm, closely followed by Tully which received 3278.8.mm
Others contenders from last year included: Innisfail with 2987.1mm, Daintree with 2926mm and Mena creek which received 2901.1mm.
Tully has an average rainfall exceeding 4 metres, they also hold the record for the highest ever annual rainfall in a populated area of Australia (7.93 metres in 1950).
In 2003 they erected the Golden Gumboot, an 8-metre high gumboot, as a monument to the town’s climate.
But the nearby town of Babinda has had the highest rainfall in the region for over ten years.