Clean, fresh mountain air, picturesque surroundings and uncrowded, wide-open spaces provide the perfect setting for hiking, cycling and bush walking in this beautiful region.
The Great Outdoors Trail includes mountain bike parks with an international reputation, and which offer plenty of tracks suitable for beginners through to the extreme sports fan.
Duration: 2 – 4 days
Barron Gorge National park offers a range of recreational opportunities that makes this one of Queensland’s most popular national parks.
Location: Barron Falls Road, Kuranda
Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park is a network of 24.5 klms of flowing trails winding along the shadowed slopes of the Lamb Range.
Location: Kennedy Highway, approximately 13 klms from Mareeba
Emerald Creek rushes out of the rainforest-clad heights of the Lamb Range and down into open eucalypt woodland.
Location: Emerald Creek Falls day-use area in Dinden West Forest Reserve, 15km south east of Mareeba.
Explore the Golden Triangle of the Atherton Tablelands via the 28 klm easy ride Tolga Kairi Cycle Loop.
Starts from Tolga
Lake Tinaroo is a very popular spot for swimmers, skiers, walkers, fishing (permit required), red clawing, ideal for picnics with barbecues available and has five camping areas located around the back of the dam in the Danbulla State Forest. Tinaroo has developed into one of the region’s most popular tourist locations that has so much to offer everyone.
Three woodland walks guaranteed to get your heart pumping, located within 2km of Atherton town centre, offering good views and birdwatching opportunities.
Access the Baldy-Yabi Circuit Walk is via the trailhead and carparks on Rifle Range Road Atherton.
Atherton Rail Trail is an easy grade 13 klm shared off-road trail along the old Atherton to Mareeba railway line.
Location: start from Platypus Park, Atherton
Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park is a world-class network of purpose-built, 17 single-track mountain bike trails located in the Herberton Range State Forest.
Accessed via Vernon Street Atherton park trailhead or Rifle Range Road, Atherton.
Centrally located for all your great outdoor Atherton Tablelands adventures at 141 Herberton Road, Atherton.
All rooms are air-conditioned and offer a flat-screen TV and featurea kitchenette and private bathroom.
Climbing the summit of Queensland’s highest mountain offers a challenging way to explore part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range. Only experienced and very fit bushwalkers should attempt the trail to the top of Mt Bartle Frere.
Access is via Malanda and Topaz and good maps are essential.