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Red Arrow Walk

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Address: Collins Avenue | Edge Hill, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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+61 7 4032 6650

Behind the Botanic Gardens is Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, home to...

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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You can come here to get fit or for a nice bush walk. On the top you can watch the planes take of from the airport. If you are lucky you may even see some native animals.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can come here to get fit or for a nice bush walk. On the top you can watch the planes take of from the airport. If you are lucky you may even see some native animals.

Thank chrissie020
Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An easy walk up Whitfield Hill connecting to the more strenuous blue and green arrow trails. Can be run if preferred.

Thank Deirdre L
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are fit this walk is nice, not strenous and gets you into the tropical forest a little. A lot of people also seem to jog this route. The one odd thing, I found, given that you are in Tropical North Queensland and that there are not a lot of people on the walk, you can pass some people... More 

Thank IviBee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The most interesting bush walk with a strenuous work out incorporated into the stepping and stairs....A real sense of achievement even getting to the top and then watching the planes take off while you caught your breath and pretended you werent puffing when others came to sit next to you.An amazing walkway beautifully constructed for pleasurable exercise.

Thank Rae-rae D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The red arrow was easy, the view is ok though, cover by alot of trees. If you can, continue the blue arrow, it is like a bush walking experience. The blue arrow track is not rewarding though, not much view at the top except a bench with roof, lol. I have much better bush walk. Don't waste your time unless... More 

Thank Cheeyang O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Whenever I'm in Cairns I have to visit the Red Arrow Walk. The Red Arrow provides a fantastic viewing spot of Cairns Airport to sit and watch the many domestic and international flights take-off and land. This walk is not overly difficult, but can be quite hot and humid in the Cairns Climate. Make sure you review Arrival and Departure... More 

Thank Robert H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

If you're an experienced hiker, the Red Arrow should only be the beginning of your walk. Near the highest point of the circuit follow the Blue Arrows to get into the real bush. The narrow, easily recognizable walking track leads up close to the summit of Mount Whitfield and continues down the other side of the ridge back to the... More 

Thank Benjamin B
Osaka, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I am extremely unfit but can do the Red Arrow. There are some challenging steps half way up and the last bit is a bit steep too but you feel you victorious having done it and the view is beautiful. After your rest you walk down the opposite site which is pleasant after the steep climb. Don't do after dark... More 

Thank Denise H
Heemskerk, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

nice walk not too difficult and good view on look out point, didnot know how long exactly the blue Arrow was.

Thank Caroline K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This is basically a fitness circuit for a lot of cairns locals who run/walk around the circuit several times. It isn't an easy climb while you are in the acsension part of the climb but it doesn't last to long. Overall it is a pretty quick trip, has good views and you can incorporate it into a trip to the... More 

Thank Fiona G

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