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Red Arrow Walk

Address: Collins Avenue | Edge Hill, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4032 6650
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Ranked #10 of 31 Attractions in Cairns
Type: Outdoors
Owner description: Behind the Botanic Gardens is Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, home to the Red and Blue Arrow...
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Type: Outdoors
Owner description: 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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Cairns, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I good work out and somewhere you can also admire the nature. After the red arrow reaches the top you can continue to the blue arrow. Do not go along the blue arrow if it is getting late as it is easy to get lost on the trail.i personally want to be finishing the blue arrow at 5pm at the... More 

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The red arrow is popular with locals, particularly after work. Great views, nice walks and information along the way. If you are a visitor to Cairns, I would avoid 5pm ish when there are less people. Take it as fast or as slow as you like. Most people do too laps - I am not most people.... :)

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Tain, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

Did this walk recently with friends searching for birds. Mount Whitfield is a noted birding hot spot. We were particularly looking for Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher which nest in the area. Unfortunately, due to it being so dry they haven't arrived in numbers from PNG yet, so will have to try again later in the month. The track up to the left... More 

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40 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is a relatively short walk but the views are nice. It is pretty steep but there a benches if you require a break. The tourist information office recommended adding 5 minutes to the walk to head to a look out on the blue arrow walk which was worth it.

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Cairns, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Red arrow is an up lifting exercise to push your self to ran uphill and then rest. Red arrow is where most people go to for a run and a workout.Even though that is goes uphill, it provides stairs to support us for getting up. It's not too hot to run with all the trees around to cover you unless... More 

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Absolutely in love with this place! If you are a tourist staying in cairns for more than 2 days then you must... let me stress again, MUST visit red arrow walk. The best part is you get a clear view of cairns international airport's runway and if you coincide your visit during arrival or departure of international flights then, it's... More 

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This walk is fantastic, if you are considering this please take water with you as it is fairly steep with many steps. It can be attempted by the fit or not so fit, it is worth the climb to the top to the lookout for the view. It is very popular with the locals and cool under the trees as... More 

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Cairns, Qld
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Not far from the centre of town these walking tracks are delightful, for the fitness fanatic or take at a more leisurely pace and look for the wildlife that lives here

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Lautoka, Fiji
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Just got back from this walk now and it is really great, even for inexperienced walkers. Took me 12 minutes to get to the viewing platform, at the top and 10 minutes down. Exceptional views from the top of the whole Cairns area, from Yorkeys Knob to the north to East Trinity in the south and airport and the city... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is agreat walk for people with limited time. It is conveniently located next to the Botantic gardens & wonderful Edgehill. It gives a lovely view over the CBD & Airport also over the ocean. The flora is also interesting & shady. There is a rest seat half way around to sit quietly & contempkate before continuing on with your... More 

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