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Red Arrow Walk

Collins Avenue | Edge Hill, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4032 6650
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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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Collins Avenue | Edge Hill, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4032 6650
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can take a leisurely walk or make it a hard workout running on either of the Red or Blue arrow. towards the half way point going anti clockwise on the Blue is the newer Green Arrow, this follows the ridge line to Whitfield and...More

Thank Nick147
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Steep steps and back down on a circular route. Quiet walk, no views really. Wouldn't recommend if you have any joint issues.

Thank J R
Reviewed June 8, 2017

Did this one morning and you need a fairly good level of fitness to be able to walk all the steps up to the top before descending back to the start. Well worth it and some lovely views of the city to be had from...More

Thank Graeme B
Reviewed May 29, 2017

Fantastic location views and intense run, you forget you are working out. Very safe and the upkeep is such that you arent afraid to fall.

Thank Kim M
Reviewed May 18, 2017

nice walk up the steep mountain but the views weren't too great. It is a good workout for faded tourists. We saw a wallaby on the way down too. Lots of trip hazards to it is hard to gaze out on the forest too much.

Thank GreyGums
Reviewed May 16, 2017

The Red Arrow is fabulous free exercise. But if you want to push yourself a little harder, upgrade to the Blue. I love the Blue Arrow. Don't be put off by the official line that it is going to take you hours and hours (or...More

Thank Philip B
Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

Short walk up a hill by a track and steps. Then back down to the starting point. Quite strenuous if not fit. Very good cardio exercise. The blue arrow which is considerable longer, starts at the summit of the red arrow. Views at the top.

Thank leanneandtony
Reviewed April 26, 2017

Great way to get the heart going, there are so many stairs you think they are never going to end but the climb to the top is worth it with great views over the airport and city. We even saw a huge lizard lazing himself...More

Thank mooseandbok2006
Reviewed April 19, 2017

Nice hike up and down. Good view from the top. Gets the heart pumping since there are lots of stairs. Not too difficult to do even if you are out of shape.

Thank VWbugmann
Reviewed April 12, 2017

Wear good shoes, repellent and take a bottle of water. Great views over the airport and sea. Steps can be slippery so runners are preferable. Plenty of the local wildlife to see. Takes approx 40mins with a stop up the top to admire the view.

Thank teabrook
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Response from VWbugmann | Reviewed this property |
with kids and stops, give it 30 min.