Suggested Routes

Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail

Easy grade ride along the old Atherton to Mareeba railway line between Hastie’s Swamp Bird Hide in Atherton through to Mareeba. Some parts of the Walkamin to Mareeba line are still under construction.  This is a shared use trail and well signposted.

Distance: 36 klms (20.5 klms Atherton to Walkamin)

Fitness Level:  Beginner to moderate

Map:   Atherton Tablelands Rail-Trail Map – Atherton to Walkamin section [PDF]

Tolga-Kairi Cycle Route

Ride quiet back roads, mostly unsealed with low traffic and farmland. This ride can be longer or a shorter ride according to fitness level.

Distance: 35 klms

Fitness Level:  Beginner / moderately fit

Start:  Start Kennedy Highway & Willows Road, Tolga [-17.216737, 145.4979223]

Map:   Atherton Farm Roads loop Map [PDF]

Tolga-Kairi Cycle Rout Map [PDF]

Black Mountain Road and Bump Track

Rolling hills through dirt roads in rainforest with famous decent to the coast and onto Port Douglas.  This is an excellent ride for those who want a challenge and a good workout. The Bump Track is one way only.

Julatten to Port Douglas 30 klms
Mount Molloy to Port Douglas 35 klmsKuranda to Port Douglas 60 klms
Kuranda to Port Douglas via Myola 53 klms

Fitness Level:  Experienced

Start:  Start your ride in  either:
Julatten [-16.559119, 145.359386],  or
Mount Molloy [-16.664158, 145.329677] or
Kuranda [-16.816900, 145.633082]

Map:   Black Mountain Road and Bump Track Map [PDF]   

Black Mountain Road and Bump Track Map [JPG format]

Emerald Creek Ride

Leaving Mareeba this ride follows bitumen roads through rural residential areas and farmland and then forested dirt roads to Emerald Creek Falls.  There are no refreshment stops en route. Watch for traffic on roads close to Mareeba. The road to Emerald Creek Falls has relatively low traffic levels.

Distance: 32 klms one way

Fitness Level:  Beginner to moderate

Start:  Start Mareeba [-17.010873, 145.425443]

Map:   Emerald Creek ride map [PDF]

Emerald Creek ride map [JPG format]

Tinaroo Creek Road Hill Climb

An endurance ride that takes you from Mareeba to Kauri Creek, Tinaroo Dam.  A challenging, long hilly ride on dirt roads. Riders must be fully self-sufficient with food, water, first aid and tools. This is a truly spectacular ride for those who want a challenge and a good workout.

Distance:  32 klms

Fitness Level:  Experienced

Start:  Start Mareeba [-17.010873, 145.425443]

Map:   Kauri Creek & Mount Edith map [PDF]

Kauri Creek & Mount Edith map [JPG format]

Pinnacle Pocket Cycle Trail

View Platypus, marvel at the Curtain Fig Tree in Yungaburra cycling along quiet country roads. Wander over a volcanic landscape and around the 7 Sisters Volcanic Cones. Enjoy Spectacular Views over Lake Tinaroo. Cross Petersen Creek and enjoy the Rainforest. Search for Tree Kangaroos. This trail is part of the Seven Sisters Trail.

Time:  Approximately 1.5 hours with a few stops

Fitness Level:  Beginner to moderate

Start:  Start Yungaburra [-17.270472, 145.583500]

Map:   Pinnacle Pocket Cycle Trail [PDF]

Malanda – Gallo Cycle Loop

Enjoy approximately 33 kms of scenic views and rolling pastures – the best of the best! Top up with coffee, cheese and chocolate at Gallo Dairyland. Visit the historic Malanda Hotel, Malanda Picture Theatre and the Peeramon Pub. View Sarus Cranes at Bromfield Swamp. Finish the ride with a swim and picnic at the Unique Malanda Falls. This trail is part of the Seven Sisters Trail.

Distance:  33 klms

Fitness Level:  Moderate

Start:  Malanda [-17.354166, 145.595106]

Map:   Malanda Cycle Loop [PDF]

Purcell’s Crossing Adventure Trail 

Enjoy approximately 15 kms to link to both the Pinnacle Pocket Cycle Trail and the Malanda- Gallo Trail. View birds and wildlife from the 2 Storey Hide at Hastie’s Swamp. Watch the Platypus swim at the pool above Purcell’s Crossing or on a hot day join them. Follow the original Malanda Road up through the rainforest and finish at Gallo’s for a coffee, chocolate and cheese. This trail is part of the Seven Sisters Trail.

Distance:  15 klms

Fitness Level:  Experienced

Start: Platypus Park Atherton [-17.2764476,145.4707248]

Map:   Purcell’s Crossing Adventure Trail [PDF]