The Babinda Air Raid shelter was one of 57 public air raid shelters constructed between Mackay and Cairns during early 1942. A Government Gazette notice issued two weeks after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbour in early December 1941, required Queensland local authorities to provide public air raid shelters. The air raid shelter at Babinda was built to a standard design with 300mm thick reinforced walls and provided seating for 50 people. As the threat of air attacks receded, the building was turned into a public toilet and remains today for this purpose.
Queensland Government: Queensland Heritage Register. (2016). Babinda air raid shelter.