Cairns Walks & Trails

Best Cairns Walks & Trails

Cairns humid climate and coastal landscape make it an ideal region for brilliant rainforests, unique wildlife, and spectacular natural wonders.

Whether you are an expert bush walker, a simple Sunday stroller, or a first-time adventurer, there is an array of walks to suit every desire and ability. Lace up those walking shoes and head out to the very best walks you should squeeze in during your holiday to the sub-tropical Cairns.

  • Atherton Tablelands

    Take a day trip out to the Atherton Tablelands and witness the natural beauty of Australia firsthand. It is home to some of the highest peaks in Queensland, promising spectacular views of the cascading waters, lush rainforests, and large crater lakes. Although the Tablelands stretch out for miles, your best bet for a good walk is at the Rainforestation Nature Park. The park owns 100 acres of land, giving you incredible walking tracks with indigenous cultural sites and local wildlife to see on the way.

  • Nandroya Falls Circuit

    Nandroya Falls Circuit is just one of the many walks in the Palmerston section of Wooroonooran National Park. The track begins at Henrietta Creek campsite leads you along a 2.3km until you reach the Nandroya Falls. Surrounding the track is one of the oldest continually surviving rainforests on earth. It allows both a short or long walk depending on how much time you have. Trek into the valley past Douglas Creek or set off on the longer circuit back to the falls.

  • The Mount Bartle Frere trail

    For a life-changing view, trek up to the highest peak in Queensland! Starting at Josephine Falls, this walk is a full day, taking up to 6-8 hours depending on your pace and fitness levels. Due to the walks length, camping up to the mountain or starting at the crack of dawn is your best option. Although it may be an exhausting adventure, it is well worth it for the escape from reality. Plus, the  view that comes with it is more beautiful than just about any in the world.

  • Mossman Gorge

    Set in the ancient Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge is on many travellers lists when visiting Cairns. The walk is quick and easy, offering a relaxing activity for any kind of visitor. Simply drive the 77km from Cairns before setting off on foot amidst the lush greenery. Keep your eyes peeled for the native wildlife that sprinkles this walking track.

  • Curtain Fig National Park

    The famous Curtain Fig is around 5 hundred years old, so no wonder it has a national park named after it. Its trunk is a whopping 39 metres in circumference, with its curtain of fig tree vines falling down 15 metres. Seeing this tree in person is a truly worthwhile experience, promising a mystical natural wonder.

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