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.

Palm Cove to Kewarra Beach

Three foreshore pathways have been constructed at Palm Cove, Clifton Beach South and Kewarra Beach. An additional foreshore pathway is underway in Clifton Beach north.

The foreshore pathways are considered to be the focal point of the trail and provide improved access and enhanced recreational opportunities for the community.

The preferred alignment to connect the foreshore pathways on this section of the trail is being explored. An indicative route is available on Council's proposed walk and cycle network maps and the Department of Transport and Main Roads website on the principal cycle network plans page.

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. The proposed pathway and bridge connection alignment has been designed to showcase the region’s beautiful beaches and views.  Works are anticipated to be completed by March 2020.

Community consultation regarding path alignment and bridge location was undertaken late 2018 and is ongoing.

Holloways Beach foreshore improvement

The leisure trail is an element of the Holloways Beach foreshore improvement works that are expected to be complete by June 2019. Head to the Holloways Beach foreshore improvement page for more information about the project.

Consultation

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. Refer to the Have Your Say page for current community consultation activities.

To provide feedback or request to be added to our project update subscription list, please call 4044 3303 or email feedback@cairns.qld.gov.au

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The Northern Beaches Leisure Trail is a priority of the Cairns Cycling & Walking Strategy 2010–2030 and is joint-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.

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Last updated: 11 February 2019