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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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get your heart rate going

Go for a wander up the red arrow and enjoy the views over Cairns. If your really keen join the fitness freaks and try to run up all the stairs - good luck

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Robyn F
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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Cairns
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Go for a wander up the red arrow and enjoy the views over Cairns. If your really keen join the fitness freaks and try to run up all the stairs - good luck

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

If you need a short workout with a nice award in form of a great view, this is the right thing for you.

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QLD Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

It's not a long walk but there are lots of steep stairs involved. Only takes about 15-20 mins to complete and it's a great workout if you are not a gym type person. There is a lookout at the top. To find it, head out toward the airport and turn left at the Botannic Gardens sign. It's only about a... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Stunning views from the top. Beautiful surrounds. Some fitness level is good as it can be steep in parts. Lots of steps! Take mosquito repellent if you are going late arvo and a bottle of water as the drinking fountains are at the base of the walk, none at the top.

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Yaounde
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

These walks are great and in the middle of Cairns, easily accessible by bike, car or bus. Its not too far to walk to from the middle of town either(45min?) or just catch the bus (5 minutes). There are some of the best views of the ocean, Cairns City and the airport from the top of the Red Arrow. Something... More 

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Bramston Beach
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Don't pay any attention to the indications it will take hours. This is a good walk and if you are fit it won't take long at all to get to the views at the top.

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London, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It is steep, but the idea is to leave early, it was dark when I set off, and take your time. I went on to the Blue Arrow walk and up the mountain and back. Dawn is better of course for the birdwatching also. Look out for red-legged pademelons.

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Cairns Region, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

the Red Arrow is tasking, for some it's a walk in the park. Depends on your fitness level. I would struggle now, but in years past it was easier. Great views from the top. Great foliage to enjoy if you take your time.

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Cairns, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 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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