davies creek

Davies Creek Bike Trails

Off the Beaten Trail

High up on the Atherton Tablelands plateau near Mareeba, less than an hour from Cairns by car, is one of Tropical North Queensland’s lesser-known mountain biking gems – Davies Creek.

The highlight of this region is Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park, an extensive and varied network of fire roads, old cattle trails tweaked for mountain biking and purpose-built single-tracks.

This mountain-bike park eschews the extreme challenges of its more famous Smithfield and Atherton Forest counterparts for a more old-school but no less satisfying experience. Its trails are fast, flowing and have no serious technical obstacles to overcome, allowing you to simply enjoy yourself while admiring your surrounds.

The park features several different trails, all grouped around Trail 1, also called the Gateway Loop. This can be ridden in sections or its entirety back to the start or – if you take the other trails of varying difficulty and distance that branch off it – it can be the foundation of a more adventurous and testing day out.

Davies Creek has another advantage: this part of the tablelands is known for getting 300 sunny days per year, so it’s often open when other Tropical North Queensland mountain-bike parks are closed due to weather conditions.

The park is located close to the Davies Creek campsite, making it an ideal starting point for a more in-depth exploration of the area’s many dirt roads and trails, some of which feature in the famous Crocodile Trophy mountain-bike race.

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Davies creek

DAVIES CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

Tear up more than 25km of flowing single-track and trails, including the 10.6km green-rated (easy) Trail 1 and five other green- and blue-rated trails.

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Copperlode Dam Lake Morris

DAVIES CREEK – COPPERLODE

Distance: 19kms | Time: 1-2hrs | Surface: Dirt road

Explore the Bare Hill Conservation Park and Barron Gorge National Park with this 19km dirt-road ride, punctuated by a detour to the picturesque Lake Morris.

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Take some time off

Where to start exploring the sights next time you’re on the Atherton Tablelands.