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Earl Hill is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cairns, Queensland, Australia that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 646 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

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Reviews (105)
Photos (22)
Recordings (75)
Completed (163)
Dave Sando
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Great walk. Well done CRC. Pity about the clowns who don't pick up after their dogs!

Bronwyn Farr
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Hiking

I’m a beginner and I wouldn’t call this “easy” but very worthwhile starting point. I departed from the track on Roberts Road, parking at the boat trailer car park, and came down the track that ends with steel stairs onto beach. Took the dog. I was surprised it was quite busy.

Haley Jonas
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Walking

nice quick track with a good incline and nice views, high foot and paw traffic but it's nice to see the puppers out having a good time.

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Steve Malone
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Hiking

Nice walk, make sure to turn right at the junction.

Hilda M.
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very nice easy walk...took me and my gf 50mins return to do. Easy for kids to do as well

Josh Foord
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Hiking

Look, as someone relatively fit I wouldn’t call it easy. Not the most scenic walk but pretty straightforward and well maintained. Difficulty would be a 4/10.

Dominika Kucera
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Hiking

Easy trail, great to do for fitness. Nice view up top

Hannah King
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Hiking

Fairly easy track, highly trafficked and very well maintained. I like that it’s dog friendly as well. Because it’s a bit shorter I really enjoy doing this track of a morning and then going down to the beach for a walk/swim. Nice partial view of the beach from the top.

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Peter Carruthers
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Hiking

Very clear and well defined path to the summit. We took a steeper but shorter down the hill which was probably the old route to the top. Nice short walk with good views but crowded.

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Jane McKinnon
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Hiking

Great trail nice and shady. Views are fab

Hayley Stott
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Running

I've heard that this is the "Red Arrow of the North side". Can be completed in half hour. Nice view from the top. Definitely kid and dog friendly.

William Ah Shay
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Warren Robb
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Hiking

Nice easy walk, great view, 25 min to top..the beaches' very own red arrow minus the bitumen and 1000 people.

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Necole Hills
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Hiking

Hiked with 3 year old. Definately kid friendly. awesome views. No access for rescue chopper so don't get injured!

Trinity Beach Trail Runner
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Running

This is a review of the new Earl Hill summit track, which was finished early in 2019. The new track is about 3 km long. It starts at the same base as the old track, and finishes at the same summit, but winds around Earl Hill instead of ascending and descending steeply along the ridge. The old Earl Hill summit track still exists and is shorter and more direct. It's still quite a bit quicker than the new track to ascend and descend, even though it's pretty rough now because State and Cairns Regional Council have tried hard to destroy it. The old track continues to offer a more demanding bush terrain than the new track, which unlike the old track conforms to Australian safety standards. Many runners and walkers prefer the old track, especially for off-road training for the annual Pyramid Race on Walsh's Pyramid at Gordonvale, and a number of us continue to try unofficially to maintain the old track. These days, on Saturday, typically I try to run up and down the track (old or new) five times in the morning starting at day break, then three times in the late evening just before it gets too dark to see. I repeat this on Sunday. On the new track, this gives me sixteen repeats of about 50 km in total, and about 3200 metres (about 10,500 ft) of total climb, which I use for conditioning my sixty-one-year old ageing frame. The new track has plenty of tree cover and sea breezes, so it remains relatively cool even when the sun is overhead. A hat or cap is a good idea at that time, however, because a few short sections have no shade. The new track is compacted red earth, machine graded, with stone steps. It's about two metres wide, level and smooth. The new track is very popular with walkers, joggers and runners, and with dog walkers. The last are required by law to keep their dogs on a leash, because after State acquired the land in 2018 from the developer, State designated the crown land as a State Conservation Park. Maintenance of the new track, and of the handy water fountain for humans and dogs at the base, is the responsibility of Cairns Regional Council. Council also refills the dispenser for biodegradable green bags for canine faeces, and employs a contractor to empty the red-top wheelie bin regularly, which otherwise can get very stinky during the hot weather. During the hottest months, mozzies are bad around sundown at the base of the track, so remember to wear insect repellent if that bothers you.

Sarah Molina
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Hiking

Nice short trail to fit in in the morning or after work. Not too steep but still a workout. 1hr round trip. Amazing view of palm cove, double island, blue moon bay, and mountains south east of cairns.

Kim Nielsen
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Hiking

I love this hike with the dog. 4.3km return from the carpark on Reed Road, 203m elevation, takes around an hour return steady walk, mostly shaded. Popular so expect lots of foot traffic. Water bubbler and dog water bowl at the bottom.

Rae Zhang
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Hiking

It's a nice walk, with some view.

Jason Briede
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Hiking

I love this track I live very close so I’m there quite often.

Felix Chu
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Hiking

Easy afternoon walk

Ann P.
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Hiking

Great short walk with the dog. Beautiful scenery, a water bubbler at the bottom for humans and one for the dog as well. Park at the boat ramp then walk the very short distance to the beginning of the trail as there is no parking available there.

Wayne Howorth
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Hiking

Have complete this hike to the top a few times. People regularly use this track for walking/hiking and running. The track was much harder before a recent upgrade that made a progressive up hill grade to the top. A small part of the old track still exists at the top, where hikers have the option of going left or right to the top. (Left is the remnants of the old track. The new track is much easier to walk, with a reasonable flat footing along the entire length. Still a challenge, but not l as likely to wreck your knee or ankle. Well worth the visit to the top with great views to the north and south. Also - if you are a bit more adventurous there is a little used track about half way up, that leads to Half Moon Bay Beach. A little more of a challenge as the path is unkept and a little overgrown. But the visit to this quiet beach location is well worth it. And - a big plus is the Bluewater Hotel, very near the bottom for an enjoyable and well deserved drink with lunch.

Robert Lindsay
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Hiking

Good walk worth doing -upgraded track made a good walk better get cracking!

John Sroczek
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Hiking

New trail. Not as physically demanding as the old track but alot longer. Good track for beginners. Really like this track.

Samantha Cooke
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Hiking

good for morning cardio and great views at the top

Stuart Catling
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rework in progress will make it gentler on older knees, but will lose some of its character. May 2019

Matthew Kempe
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HikingMuddyRocky

Perhaps not worth going too far out of your way for, but if a local or keen for something different and don't mind the drive, a nice little hike to get the heart rate up with nice views of the coast from on high. Parking is not at the bottom of the walk but in the boat ramp car park across the inlet.

Tahni Rush
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Hiking

Great for a quick hike (2 hours return), steep climb to the top with great views to reward you when you get there. Shaded the whole way and bench at the top if you need the rest.

Jann Dixon
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Hiking
First to Review

Good walk to get the heart rate up. Pretty steep at the start and track is a little rugged in places with rocks, tree roots etc. The views from the top are great. Approx. 2.8klm round trip from the car park which took around 45 minutes.

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