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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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I think there were more stair than walking. But having said that, it was definitely worth it. For your trouble, you're rewarded with a bench in the shade overlooking the Cairns... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think there were more stair than walking. But having said that, it was definitely worth it. For your trouble, you're rewarded with a bench in the shade overlooking the Cairns airport. My husband really enjoyed sitting watching the planes land and take off. Plentiful parking with a nice visitor center.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I would say I am a reasonable fit young adult and I had to stop a few times to get up! However I thought it would be worth it for the view of the lookout on the red route and popped to the first lookout on the blue route too just to find out it was a view of the... More 

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Thank l0ve2travel93
Cairns
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Look... to be honest the red arrow is only for locals who use it for fitness. There are about 300 stairs in less then a kilometre and the only view is of the airport so maybe if you are a plane spotter then you may enjoy.... if you go between the hours of 0700 and 0900 and 1600 and 1800,... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Red Arrow is a very nice walk and a good cardio exercise. Be prepare for a bit of a challenge if you do not exercise regularly but it is worthy the try.

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Thank Bernadette17
Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 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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Thank Lisarow_Travellers
Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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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Thank BD08
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

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 August 6, 2016

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 July 29, 2016

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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