Welcome to Ride Cairns

Cairns mountain bike trails are a priority for recreational riders around the world after seeing the Rumble in the Jungle action of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the Smithfield rainforest.

Mountain bike riders wanting a tropical adventure have given Cairns the thumbs up as the entry point for a diverse region where they can ride trails exploring the rainforest, mountains, beaches and accessible outback.

More than 700km of documented trails take in the two mountain biking hubs of Smithfield Regional Park in Cairns and Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park on the Atherton Tablelands as well as an array of trails around Mareeba, Port Douglas and Daintree, and the Cassowary Coast.

The spectacular Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region is the only place where you can go mountain biking through World Heritage-listed rainforest, tackle trails designed to challenge world champions or peddle leisurely along the edge of the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

This world-class mountain biking destination is the home of the 2014 and 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cups and the 2017 UCI World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships which use the exciting downhill and cross-country trails at Smithfield Regional Park, only a 20 minute drive from Cairns international airport.

The world’s oldest, toughest and most adventurous race, the Crocodile Trophy, and the iconic RRR Mountain Bike Challenge are held in the Cairns region each year.

Recreational mountain bikers and families also will discover trails to match their ability, with the purpose-built mountain bike parks and forest trails offering a range of trail options.

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef has five unique mountain biking regions to explore.

- Cairns / Smithfield Trails

- Atherton Tablelands trails

- Mareeba trails

- Port Douglas / Daintree Trails

- Cassowary Coast Trails

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Coming up this August 14th, the Cardwell MTB Challenge offers some exciting racing around the stunning coastal community backed against the towering Kennedy Range. 2 courses catering for intermediate and the super fit are on offer, along with some awesome prizes and podium cash! Don't miss out, for further details and registration hit the link below!

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Something for everybody - a sweet 27.5 km course to enjoy with only a few short sections of "rough" forest trail. Do it twice in the 55km lo...

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Cardwell MTB Challenge

August 14, 2016, 8:00am

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Something for everybody - a sweet 27.5 km course to enjoy with only a few short sections of "rough" forest trail. Do it twice in the 55km lo...

Some MTB action brought to you by our friends at Giant All Mountain Cartel led by none other than Michael Rønning! The crew brought along their cameras and captured the action as they raced the inaugural 2015 Australian Enduro National Championships before spending a few days exploring the stunning region both on and off the bikes!

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Cairns hosted the inaugural 2015 Australian Enduro National Championships in October. The Giant All Mountain Cartel led by Australian MTB ic...

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The Twin Bridges Tussle is on again, happening August 7th! Offering two course length options of 32km or 50km. Ride through the stunning Kuranda National Park along rainforest trails and old logging roads. All event info and registrations in the link below!


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How's this for nostalgia! Throwing back to the first time Tropical North Queensland hosted the UCI MountainBike World-Championships! In just over a year it will be happening all over again, on almost exactly the same course! We can't wait! #MTBWorldsCairns #RideCairns

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This is history... Highlights from the 1996 UCI MTB World Championships in Cairns, Australia #ThrowbackThursday

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This is history... Highlights from the 1996 UCI MTB World Championships in Cairns, Australia #ThrowbackThursday

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David TaskeI gained massive respect for the fitness of these athletes after watching this race at Smithfield. Particularly because one rider completed the course after breaking his seat off on an early lap, obviously he stood for the entire duration of the race. Hope to get back to watch it next year.2 weeks ago

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Snaps and full results for the 2016 RRR MTB Challenge in sunny Tropical North Queensland can be found over on our website! Got your own actions shots from on the bike or on the sideline? Tag us on social media using that #RideCairns tag!


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