Cycling on Captain Cook HWY in Cairns Ironman

Cairns City & Beaches bike Trails

Cycling Central

With its diverse wilderness and abundant national parks, Tropical North Queensland is home to many breathtaking mountain biking tracks. It’s important to always follow the advice from Queensland Parks and never venture into dangerous areas to prevent serious injury or death. Check trail conditions for the Smithfield MTB Park, Atherton Forest MTB Park and for all other trails visit Trailforks.

If you want to indulge your adventurous streak, be captivated by exotic experiences, treat yourself to some pampering or just soak up the tropical lifestyle, Cairns is the place to do it. And with its flat terrain and compact size, the region’s biggest city is also the perfect place to explore on two wheels.

This vibrant, laid-back centre has a range of bike paths and cycle ways that allow you to explore its huge range of eating, shopping, cultural and natural attractions at your own pace.

Keep in mind that you need to share the road safely when riding on Cairns’ roads and streets. Unless otherwise marked, cycle ways are also walking paths, so ride with care and look out for pedestrians.

cairns esplanade


Take an easy roll along the Esplanade bike path on the Cairns foreshore and drink in the views of Trinity Bay before cooling down in the town’s 4800-square-metre lagoon. With no road crossings, this path is ideal for families with younger children.

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Cairns Botanic Gardens


Head north along the foreshore and then across to the enthralling Cairns Botanic Gardens following scenic Cairns waterways such as Lily Creek and Saltwater Creek.

Cairns CBD Aerial


Jump on a bike for a casual sightseeing tour of the city centre and waterfront to get your bearings or just download a trail map, take your pick of the suggested routes and see where it takes you.

Palm cove beach


The relaxed coastal villages north of Cairns up to Palm Cove also boast their own extensive cycling networks; enjoy the breeze in your hair and stunning Coral Sea vistas while you make your way to that perfect beachside or lunch spot.

Cool Off in Cairns

Once you’re done sweating it out on the bike trails, head to the water and recoup.

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