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Red Arrow Walk

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

Wiped out and only did the red walk. Be prepared to climb steps. Lots of them. Great way to work up a sweat and get a free workout. Take water.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wiped out and only did the red walk. Be prepared to climb steps. Lots of them. Great way to work up a sweat and get a free workout. Take water.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

These trails are great for exercise offering steep climbs of varing lengths through rain-forest. The Blue arrow trail is longer but well worth it as well

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for the glutes, spectacular view. Ladies, please take a fitness buddy - there have been reports of pervs in the area - be smart, be safe. Don't go in the dark, that's just dangerous.

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Thank Skye R
Cairns Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Red Arrow trail has been improved over the years and almost fully covered in bitumen. There are only limited dirt parts on its western side, the path that is on the left from the fork. I find it easier to go up the right path as despite of having a lot of steps, it is more even in terms... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely walk close to the botanical gardens and tanks, very popular with locals for daily exercise. This walk leads to a longer blue arrow walk which is strenuous but you could see a cassowary. Red Arrow is slight exertion with many running the loop several times. Nice look out and seating over the Cairns airport. One of Cairns gems

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Thank Kim N
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

This walk is relatively short, but needed to be done in order to join the better other more scenic walks. You have to jostle with fitness fanatics that use the track for their purposes rather than enjoying the walk.

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Thank FyingKiwi
Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Situated next to the Botanic Gardens this is a harder extension to the Blue Arrow walk. It is a lot steeper in places and the track is rougher. Do take a torch if you plan to walk it towards late afternoon as there is little twilight in the tropics and you can find yourself suddenly walking in darkness.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

I have been up the Red Arrow many times when holidaying in Cairns. There are also other more strenuous tracks here to which I have done. There are many steps on the Red Arrow so could be a problem if you had knee problems. It is a very popular track with people going in all directions and of varying fitness,... More 

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Cairns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

If you are after a relaxing stroll through the Rainforest then this one isn't for you, head back over into the Botanical Gardens and Centenary Lakes. There are many steps heading up, so if you are after a bit of a workout to stretch your legs and get your blood pumping it's a quick round-about track. If you have more... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Sometimes finding a car park can be the first challenge,depends on the time of day.There is a lot of steps,so I wouldn't recommend it for anyone that has bad knees,back etc.There is a place where a lot of people leave their water bottles while they complete the circuit.User friendly,most people give you a friendly HELLO.Have come across all types of... More 

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