Misty Mountain Trails

Misty Mountain Bike Trails

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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.


The Misty Mountains are home to pristine high-altitude rainforest, diverse flora and fauna, crystal-clear creeks and thundering waterfalls, spread out over the Tully Gorge, Tully Falls and Wooroonooran National Parks.

With 130km of dirt roads and wilderness tracks on offer, their breathtaking landscapes are ready to be experienced by mountain bikers with a taste for adventure.

Mountain bikes are permitted on three of this area’s wilderness tracks: the Koolmoon Creek, Gorrell and Cardwell Range tracks.

These serve up rides of varying distance and difficulty, from intermediate to hard, for experienced, well-equipped riders looking for a challenge in often very isolated territory.

Less adventurous riders can experience the stunning rainforest sights with less time and effort on the many bike-friendly dirt roads that thread through the region.

Several camping areas make it possible to extend your stay in the wilderness, many of them with picnic, camper trailer/motorhome/caravan sites, toilets and other facilities.

With this kind of camping infrastructure to call on and so many roads and tracks to explore, it’s possible to embark on whatever Misty Mountains adventure you can dream up, from a half-day taster to a multi-day, fully self-supported trip.

Roads and trails are closed seasonally, so check parks alerts for the latest updates.

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K tree mtb sign


Distance: 15kms | Time: 1.25hrs | Surface: Dirt road

An easy 15km ride on dirt roads that skirts the northern end of the region.

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K tree misty mountain bike


Distance: 40kms | Time: 2.5hrs | Surface: Dirt Road

A 40km one-way dirt-road ride that’s still technically easy but delves deeper into the region.

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Elizabeth Grant Falls Misty Mountain Trails


Distance: 28kms | Time: 2.5hrs | Surface: Dirt Road

This 28km ride takes you on a return journey between the Cochable Creek camping area and the dramatic, tiered wonder of Elizabeth Grant Falls.

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Gorrell Road


Distance: 25.8kms | Time: 2hrs | Surface: Dirt Road

A 25.8km one-way ride on an old logging track that traces its way up and down through the dense rainforest of the Downey Creek catchment area.

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Mountain Biking Misty Mountains


Distance: 19kms | Time: 1.5hrs | Surface: Dirt Road

This 19km one-way ride is a challenging test that takes you into the jungle-clad mountains of the Cardwell Range and includes the option of a detour to beautiful Cannabullen Falls.

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Mountain Riding

Tips to roll over the Misty Mountains with ease.

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