Cycling and walking

CyclingPaths and cycleways make a significant contribution to the Cairns region’s built environment, local character, tourism appeal and outdoor lifestyle.

Cairns Walking and Cycling 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.

Cycling and Walking Strategy

The Cycling and Walking Strategy details the community’s needs for off-road path and on-road bikeway construction within the entire region, a total distance of about 500km.  It provides Council with strategic direction for the delivery of paths and bikeways over the next 20 years and will help our region be even more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly.

The Strategy aims to ensure that future walk and cycle networks continue to be relevant, realistic and reflect the community’s diverse needs - whether it’s a trip for fun, fitness, training, travel to work or school, or to visit a local park.

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