BikeRadar rides Mareeba, Cairns - sponsored video

See the trails of Davies Creek and the Mareeba area

BikeRadar recently travelled to Cairns, Australia, for the UCI mountain bike world cup and while there, we took the chance to see why a place best known for its coral reefs, rainforests and crocodiles is now gaining a reputation as a world-class riding destination.

On our return from riding Atherton, we visited the short and easy-riding trails of Davies Creek, in the Mareeba area – roughly halfway between Atherton and Cairns. These trails are perfect for a short pedal or an adventure with the family.

With little in the way of technical obstacles, these natural flowing trails are suited to all abilities, even those new to mountain biking.

Video: BikeRadar rides the Mareeba area, Cairns

Unless you’re into all-day epic rides, the use of a car is your best access to this trail network. As you drive down the dirt road toward the trail head, you'll quickly get a sense of remoteness within the bush. Be sure to take plenty of water and spares though, because there’s not much available in the area.

On the way back into Cairns, we stopped in the town of Kuranda, which is just five minutes' drive from the famous Barron Falls.

For more information on Davies Creek, and many other Far North Tropical Queensland rides, visit

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