Hit The World Champs In Cairns
11th April 2017
This September, the world’s best cross country and downhill riders will converge in Cairns for the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, arguably the biggest and most exciting event on the UCI calendar. If you’re planning a trip to Cairns to check out the action, make sure you stay on for a tropical escape that’s sure to keep you warm!
To make it easy, we’ve rounded up the best trails to ride, what to do when you’re off your bike and where to grab a bite and cold beverage to replenish your energy levels.
Where to ride
• Venture beyond the event grounds at the Smithfield Mountain Bike park and head inland to the Atherton Tablelands, home of the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park, boasting an extensive network of trails for all levels of expertise. Cool down at Lake Eacham, one the region’s volcanic crater lakes, or at one of the many waterfalls dotting the Tablelands.
• Head north to Port Douglas and ride through lush tropical rainforest, clear flowing streams and steep terrain on the historic Bump Track and finish with a leisurely stroll on iconic Four Mile Beach. End the day with sunset sail on a luxury catamaran with a cool beverage in hand.
• Just under two hours south of Cairns, the Cassowary Coast is where you can ride the Misty Mountain Trails through thick rainforest or Mission Beach for an easy journey on flat sand and wide open spaces. Make some time to head over to Dunk Island for a relaxing afternoon or hire a kayak for some aquatic adventure.
• Closer to Cairns, ride the extensive network of paved bike paths through the CBD and Northern Beaches suburbs. Stop in Palm Cove for a drink by the beach or head to the Cairns Botanic Gardens for a taste of rainforest in the city.
What to do
• No trip to Cairns is complete without an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Dive the depths of this World Heritage wonder, find Nemo while snorkelling or splash out and check it out from high up in a scenic helicopter flight.
• Once you’ve ridden through the lush Wet Tropics rainforest, you’ll want to explore it from above, by gliding over its canopy on a rainforest cableway. Or head to the Mossman Gorge for a swim in its pristine waters and a cultural immersion learning about the ancient traditions of the Kuku Yalanji tribe.
• It’s no secret Cairns is renowned for its furry critters and creepy crawlies. Get up close to all sorts of wildlife, from cuddly koalas to snappy crocodiles and slithering snakes.
• If watching the World Champs athletes riding downhill at break-neck speed wasn’t enough of an adrenaline rush, take a leap off Australia’s only bungy tower or navigate through hurling rapids on a white-water rafting tour.
• All this adventure is bound to make you thirsty and Hemingway’s Brewery at the Port Douglas Reef Marina is the perfect stop for a local craft beer and gourmet nibbles after a day on the trails.
• In Cairns, enjoy the waterfront views and chilled out vibe at Salt House, where live entertainment and people watching will keep you going well into the evening.
• Spend a Sunday Session at Chill Café in Palm Cove for cheap drinks, good eats and views of palm trees swaying in the breeze.
• UCI Mountain Bike World Championships are in Cairns 5-10 September 2017. All info here: http://mtbworldscairns.com.au
• For info on what to see and do in Cairns: http://www.ridecairns.com