One of the best ways to explore the cities, beachfronts and landscapes of North Queensland is on two wheels, wind rushing through your hair under the bright blue sky. There’s lots of things to see on a ride. Better yet, you get to experience it all at your own pace.
There are also some great cycle tours to take. Even if you don’t ride often you can take a tour through some gentle and beautiful areas on a range of mountain bikes, tandem bikes and road bikes.
There’s something for everyone. For families who prefer gentle concreted paths to beginner mountain bikers looking for an off-road challenge and adrenaline seeking single track riders.
Ride through the picturesque landscape of rolling hills, charming seaside villages, spectacular coastal views and breathe deeply of that crisp and fresh coastal air.
You have lots of options on a ride through tropical North Queensland, let your interests guide you. You could plan a trip to see some of the local produce being made or you could stop by all the local art galleries and places of interest. You could take a coastal route, or plan a gentle ride through the laid back hills. You could also explore the city itself.
Make sure you plan to stop off for a casual meal at one of the fantastic hip café’s where the coffee is sublime, or plan to end your trip at one of the fine dining establishments scattered throughout the region.
There’s great local bike hire operators to provide a set of wheels, so it doesn’t matter if you didn’t bring your bike. Try Cairns Scooter and Bicycle hire on Shields St or Pro Bike Rental for something more serious.
Once you’ve gotten hold of a bike, now you just need a plan. Riding on the gentle flat paths through Cairns itself is a great ride, you get to see the waterfront and there’s uninterrupted views out to sea.
For a longer but spectacular rides in Cairns check out the government page with an absolute wealth of bike paths heading north, south and everywhere in between.
Don't forget about the range of great group tours you can take, these will take you to the prettier parts of the region on a scenic journey with everything planned and taken care of.
Challenge yourself at the Townsville Cycle Club 1 Hour Track Challenge or head off road and explore some of the best single track trails in Australia at Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve. There’s also the Townsville Town Common Regional Park about 6 km north of the city with some great trails for mountain bikers.
There are some great bikeways to check out in Townsville. Make sure you plan to include The STrand on your trail. There is also the Ross River Parkway bike and pedestrian network that stretches for 2.5 kilometres each way along the Ross River, providing some scenic and gentle riding opportunities while taking you through some beautiful parks. It also extends to the CBD where you will find great places for lunch. All up there’s 11 kilometres of continuous shared pathway for you to explore.
You'll definitely want to check out the Bluewater Trail, a fantastic riding experience taking you through some of the best locations in Mackay. Gentle and scenic, this ride takes you through the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, a fun boardwalk ride on the Sandfly Creek Environmental walkway and the popular local Catherine Freeman walk. Also plan a stop off at the fantastic three three-tiered Bluewater Lagoon swimming facility to cool off and enjoy a dip.
Cycling is one of the best things to do in North Queensland, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll see and it’s a highly recommended and perhaps not obvious attraction for visitors of the region.