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Red Arrow Walk

Collins Avenue | Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, Edge Hill, 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 | Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, Edge Hill, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4032 6650
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great walk up through the rainforest of the botanical gardens. It is all up hill mainly stairs, although there are some parts which are bitumen incline. It is 1.5km up, although there is seating the whole way up if you need it. At the top...More

Thank Mcleanbby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Somehow we mistakenly found ourselves on the Red Arrow Track in Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. We had been walking for about 20 minutes, uphill gradient, some easy, some challenging, both of us puffing and wondering what we had got ourselves into. We eventually met an...More

Thank Dan L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Red arrow is a fabulous walk. Not easy if you are not fit, and good to take it easy, like doing it for fitness you feel great when you do this walk.

Thank Wongalingalong
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

On a whim we decided one Sunday morning to walk the Blue Arrow trail, which leads on from the very popular and mostly paved Red Arrow. We brought along water (at 600 ml for 2 people, not nearly enough), hats (not essential due to the...More

Thank MatthewJB
Reviewed 6 September 2017

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 6 September 2017

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 5 September 2017

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 20 August 2017 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 20 August 2017 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
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Response from VWbugmann | Reviewed this property |
with kids and stops, give it 30 min.