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Best trails in Cairns

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Looking for a great trail near Cairns, Queensland? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Barron Gorge National Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Cairns ranging from 1.9 to 7.4 miles and from 39 to 1,564 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (22)
#1 - Glacier Rock Lookout
Barron Gorge National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
#2 - Highway 1 Australia: Brisbane to Cairns
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Length: 1072 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is one section of Australia's Highway 1, also referred to as the 'Big Lap', that circumnavigates coastal mainland Australia for roughly 14,500km (9,000mi) through each state capital, making this iconic national highway the longest in the world. Driving this entire lap of Australia is suggested to take roughly 6-12 months, but it is possible to complete in around 3 months, or it could take as long as a lifetime to complete in full. This is a beautiful drive of the Highway 1 showcasing the east coast of Australia from Brisbane up to tropical North Queensland in Cairns. Some great stops to make along the way might include a visit on Fraser Island (the world's largest sand island for a 4WD camping adventure), the Great Barrier Reef accessible from several towns along the coast, the Glass House Mountains, Noosa, the Whitsunday Islands from Airlie Beach, Mission Beach, and the Daintree Rainforest just north of Cairns.Show more
#3 - Saddle Mountain
Kuranda National Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
A rather steep climb to the weather station atop Saddle Mountain. This trail could be commenced from a number of locations, (unifying at waypoint about half way) however this recording was from a free carpark within the university campus and follows wider gravel roads rather than mountain bike trails shown on base map. From start to midway waypoint the entire trail is a wide gravel road (gate prevents vehicle access) however climbs quite steeply through nice rainforest. The turnoff onto the track at half way is easily missed so recommend taking copy of alltrails map with you. The much narrower foot-track from half way offers one or two views out and as a saddle itself provides a welcome respite from the climbing. Leeches are plentiful from this point. Also recommend picking up a stick as spider webs were plentiful across track from waypoint to summit. The steepest part of the entire track is towards the summit maybe 400m from. Rewarding views from the top, the best is found on the far side of the weather station so definitely make the effort to navigate around the fence. Show more
#4 - Crystal Cascades to Copperload Dam
Dinden National Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
#5 - Earl Hill
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
#6 - Great Barrier Reef Drive (Cairns to Cape Tribulation)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Length: 86.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
This scenic drive between Cairns and Cape Tribulation has become known as the Great Barrier Reef Drive as it winds between world heritage sites of Tropical North Queensland, where the wet tropical rainforests meet the Great Barrier Reef on traditional lands of Djabuganjdji and Kukuyalanji people. There are plenty of stops and detours that can be made, some of these stops might include the pristine northern beaches of Cairns including Yorkeys Knob, Trinity Beach, Clifton Beach and Palm Cove; and further north at Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge. Once you reach Cape Tribulation Road after the ferry crossing, the rainforest canopies begin to overhand the roads, perfect for winding down the windows and allowing the tropical rainforest air to draw you into the vibrancy of the land. The only way to cross the Daintree River is by the Daintree Ferry operated by the Douglas Shire Council. The ferry runs from 5am to midnight daily and to cross one-way costs $18 or a return fare is $31 - payable via EFTPOS at the crossing. During peak season the ferry can get busy after 10am with wait times; however a priority lane becomes active for locals during these peak periods.Show more
#7 - Ivan Evans Walk
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 51 m
#8 - Weir, Douglas, Glacier Rock, Gandal Wandun, and Smiths Track Loop
Barron Gorge National Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
#9 - Yellow-Red Arrow Circuit
Mount Whitfield Conservation Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
#10 - Highway 1 Australia: Cairns to Darwin
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Length: 1768.2 mi
This is one section of Australia's Highway 1, also referred to as the 'Big Lap', that circumnavigates coastal mainland Australia for roughly 14,500km (9,000mi) through each state capital, making this iconic national highway the longest in the world. Driving this entire lap of Australia is suggested to take roughly 6-12 months, but it is possible to complete in around 3 months, or it could take as long as a lifetime to complete in full. This is one of the two variations to be taken for this section. This section is entirely paved and diverts off the Highway 1 to take a more inland route. The alternative route is to cut directly west across from Cairns via The Savannah Way, which is a combination of sealed and unsealed roads (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/australia/western-australia/the-savannah-way-cairns-to-broome). By taking the inland route, some stops might include Townsville, Mount Isa, Boodjamulla National Park, Tennant Creek, Nitmiluk National Park near Katherine, and Litchfield National Park before reaching Darwin.Show more
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