Northern Beaches Leisure Trail

The Northern Beaches Leisure Trail is being designed and constructed in a staged approach to deliver on Council’s vision to connect Palm Cove to Cairns city. Once complete, the shared path will provide a continuous walking and cycling link for locals and visitors alike. It will offer enhanced recreation and fitness amenities for the entire community including young families using prams, people in wheelchairs, seniors with mobility devices and people on bikes. The trail will provide a unique recreation and tourism experience that showcases the region’s beautiful beaches and island views, as well as providing an important active transport alternative to the car.

Barr Creek bridge section - works are expected to start late September 2020

Barr Creek bridge design:

  • The detailed design phase for the Barr Creek bridge is effectively complete with Council approving the award of a contract for the construction of the bridge on 8 July 2020.
  • The bridge will provide a crossing point between the Machans and Holloways Beach communities and combined with the linking pathways, the bridge will provide an efficient pedestrian and cycling connection between the two suburbs as an integral part of the overall Northern Beaches Leisure Trail project.
  • The relevant applications, including the Development Application, have been lodged and have been distributed to State Government referral agencies for consideration, with Council still to provide some additional information regarding the construction process. Subject to receiving the necessary approvals it is expected that the construction works could commence in September 2020 and be completed towards the middle of 2021.
  • To construct the bridge a temporary structure will be installed in the creek which will allow for tide flows and fish passage to be maintained.
  • The bridge will be a low profile concrete bridge approximately 150 metres long with a clear width of 3.5 metres suitable for a shared path.

( If the above link to the Development Application does not work - go to Cairns Regional Council Online Self Service and quote reference number: 9361/2019 )

Barr Creek bridge location:

  • The proposed location of the bridge over Barr Creek has been based on assessment of many factors including community feedback, constructability and environmental protection. The bridge will cross Barr Creek commencing on the northern side in the Willow Street Reserve, Holloways Beach and connect on the southern side within designated road reserve. The bridge will then connect into a 3m wide path that weaves through the Air Services land and complete the connection into Machans Beach, by traversing along Arnold Street to the existing path on the Esplanade. This location of the bridge complies with State and Federal funding agreements as outlined in The Principal Cycling Network Plan.
View the Barr Creek bridge location plan ( PDF, 1.14 MB ).
View the Barr Creek bridge general arrangement plan ( PDF, 0.29 MB ).
View the artist impressions: Barr Creek bridge ( PDF, 0.88 MB )Holloways Beach entrance to Barr Creek bridge ( PDF, 4.16 MB )
View the alignment plans through Holloways Beach and Machans Beach.
View the complete NBLT Stage 2 alignment plan ( PDF, 0.81 MB ).
Project updates

Any current projects under construction will appear on the Works in Progress page.

Works are expected to start on the Barr Creek bridge on the Holloways Beach side of the creek late September 2020.

Palm Cove to Kewarra Beach

Foreshore pathways have been constructed at Palm Cove, Clifton Beach South, Clifton Beach North and Kewarra Beach. The foreshore pathways are considered to be the focal point of the trail and provide improved access and enhanced recreational opportunities for the community.

Holloways Beach to Machans Beach

This section of the trail will be a combination of on and off-road pathway with a connection to Syd and Jayne Granville Park and a bridge over Barr Creek . The proposed pathway and bridge connection alignment has been designed to showcase the region’s beautiful beaches and views. Community consultation regarding a concept path alignment and bridge location started in 2018.

A foreshore pathway has also been constructed along the Holloways Beach foreshore to Oleander Street.


Our project team will continue to consult with the community throughout appropriate stages of the project to ensure we build a leisure trail that will prove to be an iconic drawcard for our beautiful region. Project updates are shown above. To provide feedback or request to be added to our project update subscription list, please call 4044 3303 or email

The Northern Beaches Leisure Trail is a priority of the Active Transport Strategy. Various elements of the project are funded by Cairns Regional Council, the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Packages program, and the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants program.

Last updated: 16 September 2020