If there was ever a place that was made for cycling it’s Tropical North Queensland, the only place in the world where you can ride alongside two World Heritage areas – the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Then there’s the Cairns region, which has more than 700km of easily accessible tracks radiating out from five different MTB hubs.
There are trails to suit every rider, from downhill adrenaline junkie to more relaxed family adventures. Test yourself against the world’s best on the Smithfield Trail. It’s the highest profile rainforest trail system in world and has recently been added as the newest venue to the Crankworx 2022 World Tour. It also hosted the 2014 and 2016 Mountain Bike World Cups, as well as being home to the 2017 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships.
Australia’s oldest operating downhill trail, the Kuranda DH, has produced several World Cup stars and more than a few legendary tales of two-wheeled thrills and spills. There’s plenty of more placid rides too, such as the gentle two-hour meander through the rainforest on the Musgrave Track on the Cassowary Coast or along the family-friendly golden sands of Mission Beach.
The tropical climate around Cairns means you can ride here at any time of year – the Atherton Tablelands are cooler with less humidity and are ideal for mid-summer. It’s about as much fun as you can have on two wheels.
Ride the reef & rainforest
Cycle along the beach at sunrise or ride your way through the Wet Tropics with these hot tips
The ultimate guide to Crankworx Cairns
The inaugural Cairns stop on the Crankworx World Tour is almost here. While the dirt is still getting turned and sculpted in the rainforest, we’re here to help you get prepared for the ultimate five-day bike festival and understand the ins and outs for all things Crankworx.
5 Detours while cycling the Cassowary Coast
Take a break from pedalling to stop and smell the roses… or in this case, the heliconias, at these incredible detours from Cairns to the Cassowary Coast.
Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail: relaxed riding
Tired of the hustle and bustle of the city? Take a break and ride the Rail Trail in the Atherton Tablelands.
Camping out: Overnight cycling adventures
If your idea of two-wheeled heaven is escaping into the wilderness and staying, the Misty Mountains region south of Cairns is made for you.
The Four Mile Beach pedal to Port Douglas
From the stunning Four Mile Beach, to endless blue views from Flagstaff Hill, put the pedal to the metal and explore Port Douglas on two wheels.
48 hours mountain biking the Cassowary Coast
From making first tracks at sunrise along the coast to meeting friendly local wildlife in the ancient rainforest, uncover the secrets of the mountain biking trails of Mission Beach and surrounds.
Blaze the trails of Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park
Looking for some new trails to sink your wheels into, Atherton Tablelands has you covered. Choose from more than 70km of the region’s best bike trails and venture into the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park.
Bike & brew: The best post-ride breweries
Your tyres are dirty, your senses are buzzing, your muscles are aching and your parched palate is craving something more than water. Beer, maybe?
Riding the Misty Mountains Trails near Mission Beach
The Misty Mountain trails consist of a number of scenic rides from the coast to the rainforest. Ride the wilderness tracks and explore the Cassowary Coast with these hot hints.
The top spots to stay around the Atherton Tablelands trails
Exploring the Atherton Tablelands on two wheels and looking for a place to stay? Here are some accommodation options for your mountain biking adventure.
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