Cycling and walking

Man and woman cycling on Cairns Southern Cycleway 

Enjoy an active lifestyle

Cairns is a great place to get outdoors and be active. There are a range of paths and cycle ways that allow you to explore this beautiful region at your own pace. Read our Cycling and Walking Strategy to find out some more about the strategic direction for the delivery of paths and bikeways for the next 20 years. 

Maps

Northside Map

Southside Map

Cairns Cycling and Walking Circuit

The Cairns Walking and Cycling Circuit has been developed to provide enjoyable recreation activities within central Cairns through off-road walking and cycling paths. 

The routes take in the Esplanade lagoon, the foreshore to the Cairns Botanic Gardens, Cairns Central Swamp, along scenic waterways including Lily Creek and Saltwater Creek, and past regional sporting centres.

Three rides have been marked on the maps as well as a hiking track through Cairns Central Swamp.

Choose your next track by downloading the Cycling and Walking Circuit map.

Recreational Bicycle Routes

North

Clifton Beach 12.5km

Clifton Beach 15.4km

Clifton Beach 19km

Clifton Beach 20km

West

Lake Placid 14km

Lake Placid 16km

Redlynch 15.5km

Redlynch 9.5km

Central

Edge Hill 10km

Edge Hill 18km

Edge Hill 20km

Esplanade 4km

Esplanade/Lilly Creek 10.2km

Esplanade/Botanic Gardens 18km

South

Earlville 12.5km

Edmonton 11km

Edmonton 12.6km

Mt Sheridan 17.3km

White Rock 12.3km

Active Cairns

Cairns is one of three cities to be selected by the Queensland Government to take part in its Active Towns Pilot program, which aims to deliver new walking and cycling infrastructure and education programs to increase walking and cycling in the region.

The three year, $6 million program commenced in 2013 with the staged roll-out of the Cairns Southern Cycleway. This important piece of transit infrastructure will connect the southern suburbs with the CBD and will join with the existing Northern Cycleway that runs from the CBD to Aeroglen.

An important aspect of the Active Towns initiative is a diverse education and activation program aimed at encouraging people into increasing their physical activity with a focus on riding or walking. For more information on Active Cairns community events and programs visit the pages below:

Events and Activities

Bicycle Education and Safety

Healthy Active School Travel Program (HAST)

Active Cairns

Cairns is one of three cities to be selected by the Queensland Government to take part in its Active Towns Pilot program, which aims to deliver new walking and cycling infrastructure and education programs to increase walking and cycling in the region.

The three year, $6 million program commenced in 2013 with the staged roll-out of the Cairns Southern Cycleway. This important piece of transit infrastructure will connect the southern suburbs with the CBD and will join with the existing Northern Cycleway that runs from the CBD to Aeroglen.

An important aspect of the Active Towns initiative is a diverse education and activation program aimed at encouraging people into increasing their physical activity with a focus on riding or walking. For more information on Active Cairns events such as community bike rides visit Council's Calendar of Events

Cycling and Walking Strategy

The Cycling and Walking Strategy provides Council with strategic direction for the construction of paths and bikeways over the next 20 years and will help our region be even more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly.

The Cycling and Walking Strategy can be viewed in Related Documents at right.

Cycling & Walking Network Implementation Plan:  Map Portfolio

The following maps show the on-road and off-road networks throughout the Cairns region.

Cycle routes for Cairns CBD, Inner & Western Suburbs

Cairns CBD & Suburbs

Cairns CBD, Inner & Western Suburbs

Cycle routes for Northern Beaches & Smithfield

Northern Beaches & Smithfield

Northern Beaches & Smithfield

Cycle routes for southern communities

Southern communities

Southern communities