Kuranda Downhill Track MTB

Kuranda Bike Trails

Downhill Delights

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.

Tucked away in the Kuranda hills north of Cairns is a trail with a special place in the hearts of Tropical North Queensland mountain bikers – Kuranda Downhill Trail.

Claimed to be Australia’s first proper downhill mountain-bike trail, Kuranda DH started as a rough-and-ready downhill blast for a small group of Cairns mountain bikers before becoming the region’s first officially recognised recreational DH trail outside of Smithfield Mountain Bike Park.

Today it is recognised as the breeding ground of Australia’s top downhill stars and one of the best-shuttled runs in Cairns, its name known by mountain bikers across the world.

Since Kuranda DH came into being, countless other mountain-biking trails and parks have popped up across the region but this classic old trail retains its legendary status, with local riders working tirelessly to maintain, update and diversify it – you might just see trail-building tools casually placed by the track, waiting for the next good citizen to do their bit.

To get to Kuranda DH head north out of Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway, make the left turn onto the Kennedy Highway in Smithfield and follow it up the Kuranda Range. The lookout is a few kilometres up the road and has a small parking area.

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Kuranda Downhill Track MTB


For the advanced downhill rider, it has everything – an elevation drop of nearly 400m in just 2km, insanely steep and fast sections, rocky and rooted technical sections, huge drops, big gaps, roller-coaster berms and other obstacles, all punctuated by stunning views through the rainforest of Cairns, its Northern Beaches and the Coral Sea.

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Henry Ross Lookout


You won’t have time to admire the views while you’re on the bike, so spare a few minutes to drink in the area’s spectacular vistas at the Henry Ross Lookout, which sits right next to the start of the trail.

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