The Atherton Tablelands is the perfect destination for cyclists, offering familyfriendly rides along country lanes between the villages and small towns to worldclass mountain bike trails and everything else in between. Suggested road cycling routes include the Crater Loop, Granite Gorge Loop, Mount Uncle Loop, short and long Kairi Loop options, short and long Malanda Loop, through to the ‘out and back’ 24km back country ride from Herberton to Watsonville and return. Most routes are suited to moderately fit experienced riders. Mountain bike trails include Atherton Rail Trail along the old railway line to Mareeba, Atherton Farm Roads Loop along mostly unsealed, quiet back roads, the challenging Black Mountain Road and one-way Bump Track down to Port Douglas, Emerald Creek Ride from Mareeba to Emerald Creek Falls and the Tinaroo Creek Road Hill Climb, a spectacular and challenging endurance ride from Mareeba to Kauri Creek at Tinaroo Dam. See www.tablelandtrails.com for information about Tablelands mountain bike and road cycling adventures.
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Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park Mount Uncle Loop Emerald Creek Ride
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ATHERTON TABLELANDS POPULAR CYCLING ROUTES
ATHERTON FOREST MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK Serious bike trail enthusiasts and beginners are spoiled for choice. Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park. Just 3km from the Atherton CBD, this mountain bike park has a network of 17 purpose-built, single-track trails in the Herberton Range State Forest. Grades range from easy to difficult. The 6km section of blue level trail, known as Ridgey Didge, was constructed by Glen Jacobs and his World Trail company.
EMERALD CREEK RIDE This 32km ride is ideal for riders with beginner to moderate fitness levels. Bitumen roads through Mareeba’s rural residential and farmland areas give way to forested dirt roads to Emerald Creek Falls.
KAIRI LOOPS Easy 28km ride from Atherton through farmland or moderate 45km ride. Add another 10km for excellent lakeside ride from the Tinaroo Dam wall.
TINAROO CREEK ROAD HILL CLIMB A 32km, challenging ride on dirt roads for experienced riders, starting at Mareeba. Riders must carry food, water, first aid and tools.
ATHERTON RAIL TRAIL An easy, beginner’s ride along the old railway line between Platypus Park at Atherton and Rocky Creek at Walkamin. This 13km shared-use trail is well signposted.
► ► ATHERTON FARM ROADS LOOP This 35km ride starts at Kennedy Highway and Willows Road, Tolga. It can be longer or shorter according to fitness level and ability but is suitable for beginners and moderately fit riders.
DAVIES CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK Located 13km from Mareeba, the park includes easy, intermediate and black (difficult) alternative sections along the slopes of Lamb Range.
► ► CRATER LOOP This 62km hilly ride for experienced cyclists begins at Atherton and includes long climbs on major roads with moderate traffic at certain times.
MALANDA LOOPS Both loops start at Malanda. The moderate loop is 58km one way through hills and scenic farmland; the long loop is 93km one way and is a long, hilly ride that requires a high level of fitness. It includes some sections of highway.
WATSONVILLE MILL Herberton to Watsonville Ride: This 24km ride is for the experienced. It is mostly uphill from Herberton with a winding descent into Watsonville and is an excellent ride to practise climbing skills.
BLACK MOUNTAIN ROAD AND BUMP TRACK This is an excellent ride for an experienced rider who wants a challenge and a good workout. Ride along dirt roads, rolling hills and rainforest with the famous descent to the coast and onto Port Douglas. Start your ride at Julatten, Mount Molloy or Kuranda. Distances vary from 30km to 60km.
GRANITE GORGE LOOP Set out from Mareeba on this 52km ride on quiet bitumen roads through gentle hills and farmland – for experienced riders.