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Address: Collins Avenue | Edge Hill, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4032 6650
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Description: 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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Great way to get back to Nature

Lovely walk among the trees, great exercise, always people around, nice view up the top, can always choose the blue arrow if you want more of a challenge or do a few more laps at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Cairns Region, Australia
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Cairns Region, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Lovely walk among the trees, great exercise, always people around, nice view up the top, can always choose the blue arrow if you want more of a challenge or do a few more laps at your own pace

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

The fitness fanatics can be seen here and they love the track. i enjoyed walking it even if it was a little slower than most. The views at the end are not breathe taking and if some foliage was removed would be so much better. I went up the hard way and back down the outside which meant i got... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

pleasant breathtaking views, good for all ages, close to the botanical gardens. free fitness, plenty of different tracks to take

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Good for fitness and developing a thirst! Cuties use this track to stay HOT!!! Nice lookout over the Airport from the top.

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Take an easy stroll on this and experience the great pathway through the trees and all types of foliage with great views on the way. Remember to go clockwise, just because.

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Cairns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I love the red arrow. It is a beautiful quick look at the rainforest or can be used for training. It's about 15 minutes for one lap so it's doable for anyone with a normal fitness range. Many locals do laps around it walking and running. You see turkeys, scrub fowls, and maybe even a goanna or a pademelon. Definitely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

It is worth wearing some comfortable shoes and clothes you don't mind getting sweaty in as the Red Arrow has a lot of stairs to climb and it can get a bit humid in the forest areas. Beautiful walk that will get your blood pumping. Definetely go during the day. Avoid after 4 pm or early morning as a lot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I do it for exercise but a lot of people do it for the scenery and views and photo spots, great way to get into nature and enjoy some healthy exercise at the same time - you can go on into the Botanic Gardens through some of the trails or across to Centenary Lakes which is also lovely...highly recommend!

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Most of the walk is up hill...sooo have GOOD walking shoes and make sure you can walk up hills. Once a the top you get a nice view of Cairns, ocean and airport.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Don't do it if you've got bad knees. I'd suggest you dont take in the views but concentrate on the steps you have to get up, especially coming down the hill again. Very slippery in the wet season. It's really for the fitness freaks after work hashers. There is a lot more pleasant walks in the Botanical gardens for visitors.... More 

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