Mt Whitfield Conservation Park is a 300ha forested mountain range that is home to rain forest, eucalyptus and grasslands.
The Park's Red Arrow, Blue Arrow and Green Arrow walking circuits are popular bushwalking tracks that offer stunning views. If you are observant, you can see local marsupials such as red-legged pademelons and echidnas, or plants such as the Chinese Fish Pole Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) that is a remnant of Cairns' pioneering days and the Chinese community that lived here.
Opening hours: all day
Location: behind the Cairns Botanic Gardens, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill
Red, Blue and Green Arrow walking tracks
- Red Arrow - Grade 3 Circuit is a 1.5km formed track with many steps, and takes about 1 hour return. It is forested, has some steep sections with two open viewing areas overlooking Cairns city and north towards the airport. The track is clearly distinct, sign posted and free of obstacles, making it suitable for people with no prior bushwalking experience.
- Blue Arrow - Grade 4 Circuit is a very steep 6km track and takes 4-5 hours return. It is a rugged bush track with steep climbs, many steps and some obstacles. A moderate level of fitness is required and some bushwalking experience is recommended.
- Green Arrow - Grade 4 walking track is a very steep 3km track which starts toward the top of the Blue Arrow loop and branches off toward Brinsmead, ending at Whitfield. While the track can be accessed by walkers from the Whitfield end, there is no public parking available. The Green Arrow takes about 3 hours return. It contains steep slopes, many steps and obstacles such as tree roots, rocks and fallen debris. A moderate level of fitness is required and some bushwalking experience is recommended.
A return trip from the Collins Avenue entry point is approximately 10km.
Maps and further information are available from the information office in the Botanic Gardens, or download a map showing the walking tracks of Mt Whitfield Conservation Park ( PDF, 2 MB ).