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Red Arrow Walk

Collins Avenue | Edge Hill, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4032 6650
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Behind the Botanic Gardens is Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, home to the Red and Blue Arrow Trails. These two linked tracks ascend the slopes of Mount Whitfield. The Red Arrow loop trail (1.5Km return) beginning at Collins Avenue, climbs 100m in elevation through rainforest, Eucalypt forest and grasslands to a lookout above the Cairns International Airport offering views over the city and out to Green Island. A short link trail ascends a further 50 metres to another lookout from where the Blue Arrow loop trail (4.5Km return) commences. The Blue Arrow trail takes you through mainly rainforest to an elevation of 300m. About half way around, a short side track will take you to a lookout on the summit of Mt Lumley Hill where you get views along the coast to the north of Cairns.
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Collins Avenue | Edge Hill, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4032 6650
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely fitnes track for everybody. You can take it easy or work it hard, but definitely get to enjoy the view over the city and airport. So it's worth it in any way.

Thank ankCairns
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the top you can look out over the Cairns Airport from quite high up. The track is well maintained and the steps are well cut and shaped. It is steep in places but not impossible, quite exhilarating and there is no charge to do...More

Thank starshine99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Blue Arrow trail starts at the top of the Red Arrow loop, it s less well maintained and not always easy to follow. However a great work out, and as a reasonably 66 year old, completed both red and blue in around 2 hours'...More

Thank N592GVpeterh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went around the short walk twice for exercise on a Saturday morning at 6.30am. A lot of locals use this track for the same reason. It really gets the heartbeat up. Very enjoyable with views to the airport and city. Lovely sunrise! My husband...More

Thank danceswithroseoz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great introduction to getting back into a fitness regime. Not too strenuous. 20 minutes and you are there. Great views of airport. Safe and an easy pace.

Thank Darral M
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Very close to the botanical gardens of Cairns. The trail is a 1.5 km round trip incl. some look outs. You basically look over the coastline of Cairns. Good view on the airport. There is an option to extend with some 5 km (blue industry...More

Thank adfrajama
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Nice short hike (maybe 10mins?) through lovely rainforest. Views from the top are fab - you can see Green Island!

Thank HeatherSyd91
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Nice walk which can be made challenging if you want it to be. No real great views to look at but still a nice walk. Botanical gardens and some nice cafes near by also.

Thank Dan J
Reviewed 14 July 2017

You can take a leisurely walk or make it a hard workout running on either of the Red or Blue arrow. towards the half way point going anti clockwise on the Blue is the newer Green Arrow, this follows the ridge line to Whitfield and...More

Thank Nick147
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Steep steps and back down on a circular route. Quiet walk, no views really. Wouldn't recommend if you have any joint issues.

Thank J R
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29 May 2017|
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Response from VWbugmann | Reviewed this property |
with kids and stops, give it 30 min.