There’s nothing quite like an adventure in the great outdoors and the diverse national parks found in and around Cairns are perfect for one. Whether it be climbing a mountain, exploring a World Heritage rainforest or meandering along a scenic walking trail, get up and outdoors on one of the countless bush walks or hikes all within a short distance of Cairns... you won’t regret it.
The highest mountain: Mt Bartle Frere
As Queensland’s highest peak, standing at 1622m high, the impressive Mount Bartle Frere is perfect if you’re after a beautiful yet slightly challenging hike. Allow yourself 2 days to venture through thick World Heritage rainforest, giving you the opportunity to camp on the mountain overnight and set off the following day after enjoying the sunrise in one of the best spots in the region.
The black sheep: Lambs Head (Kahlpahlim Rock)
If you enjoy exploring tranquil forest where you feel like you’re the only ones for miles, then head for Lambs Head. Follow the Ridge Trail or Kahlpahlim Rock Trail - a more shaded trail with rainforest and crystal clear creek crossings - before being rewarded at the top with picturesque views over Lake Morris to the coastline of Cairns. Upon your return, cool off at Davies Creek in one of the several swimming spots.
The city views: Glacier Rock/The Douglas Track
Located just 25-minutes from Cairns and a favourite among locals for its ease of access and stunning views, Glacier Rock is a challenging but rewarding hike. Starting at the popular Stoney Creek swimming hole, experience views of Barron River and Red Bluff as you make your way along The Douglas Track. Climb through the rainforest, cross over the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway line, and meander through the open grassy paths.