Arrow Tracks/Mt Whitfield

The popular Red Arrow, Blue Arrow, Green Arrow and Yellow Arrow walking tracks wind through Mt Whitfield Conservation Park, behind the Cairns Botanic Gardens in Edge Hill.  The Park is a 300ha forested mountain range, home to rainforest, eucalyptus and grasslands, and the very popular Red, Blue and Green Arrow walking tracks.  Click the image below to view a larger map or download the Mount Whitfield walking track brochure & map ( PDF, 3.04 MB ).

Yellow Arrow

  • Grade 3 track, 1.9km and approx. 1.5 hours return.
  • General level of fitness required.
  • Windy track is free of obstacles and well signposted but contains many steps.
  • The track is accessed from Aeroglen Drive adjacent to the Aeroglen dog off-leach area.  It links to the Red Arrow and Blue Arrow tracks.

Red Arrow

  • Grade 3 track, 1.5km, approx. 1 hour (return).
  • General level of fitness required. Suitable for joggers.
  • Forested, has many steps in steep sections.
  • Two open viewing areas overlooking the city and north towards the airport.
  • Begin the Red Arrow walk from either the trail head near the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre or to the east of the Tanks Arts Centre. After about 300m from either starting point, the tracks come together at a large stand of bamboo.

Blue Arrow

  • Grade 4 track, 6km and approx. 5 hours (return).
  • Allow sufficient time to complete the track before dark; do not start after 2pm.
  • Moderate level of fitness and some bushwalking experience recommended.
  • Rugged bush track with steep climbs, numerous steps, obstacles such as tree roots and rocks.
  • Track signage is present at all major intersections and where the track is indistinct.
  • The Blue Arrow circuit starts about halfway around the Red Arrow circuit.

Green Arrow

  • Grade 4 track, 3km, and approx. takes 1.5 hours (one direction).
  • Moderate level of fitness and some bushwalking experience recommended.
  • The track starts branches off the Blue Arrow loop and branches off to the west ending at Whitfield. The track can also be accessed by walkers from Bel Air Drive, Whitfield.

There are stunning views along all trails and, 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 remnant of Cairns' pioneering days and the Chinese community that lived here.

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Last updated: 16 August 2019