5 places to go mountain biking in Cairns

World-class trails and magnificent rainforest scenery aren’t the only things on show when mountain bikers tear through Tropical North Queensland’s trails to tackle cross country and downhill courses. There’s also the odd koala, panoramas over the Great Barrier Reef and a few contented cattle to contend with.

If a snorkel trip doesn’t quite quench your thirst for adventure, then BYO bikes and explore some of Tropical North Queensland’s top mountain biking trails. There’s plenty to choose from!

Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park

Keen to try mountain biking? Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park is the place for beginners to get involved in the action while exploring national parks and admiring beautiful lakes and cascading waterfalls.

Dipping into gullies and creeks and rising to the ridge lines of the surrounding hills, there is currently 30 kilometres of off-road tracks to explore but over the next five years, expect to see this park double in size as more bikers take up the sport.

Davies Creek Trail Network, Mareeba

A wilderness experience that’s hard to beat, the Davies Creek Trail Network offers a remarkable ride for beginner to intermediate mountain bikers. Located 40 minutes from Cairns, these trails are fast and flowing and allow riders to enjoy the surroundings.

With a few tough climbs to negotiate, riders can cool off with a dip in Davies Creek or have a rest at the nearby camping grounds.

The Bump Track, Port Douglas

Starting in the Port Douglas hinterland, this infamous trail delivers an unforgettable adventure through ancient forests, past serene waterfalls and finishes with a ride along Four Mile Beach. The Bump Track is a challenging ride which delivers action, adventure and amazing views.

Paluma to Hidden Valley, The Cassowary Coast

Experienced riders can hurtle through World Heritage rainforest on the Paluma to Hidden Valley trail. Home to the annual Paluma Push mountain bike adventure, the trail winds through cattle country, past Paluma Dam and finishes in the historic Hidden Valley.

Keen mountain bikers visiting the Cassowary Coast should also check out the palm-lined Musgravea Track in Djiri National Park, or tackle the exciting trail from Cochable Creek up to Tully Gorge.

Smithfield Mountain Bike Trail Park, Cairns

Beginner or pro, a thrill-seeker or Sunday rider, the Smithfield Mountain Bike Trail Park has something for everyone. In fact, the park features 60 kilometres of trails seamlessly sculpted into its rainforest surrounds, making it the perfect home ground for the 2014 UCI World Cup series.

What trails get your heart beating?