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.
We managed a day away from the racing to visit the Daintree Rainforest, the only place in the world where coral reefs meet rainforest. While there, we met with Johnny from Bike N Hike Adventure Tours for a guide down the Bump Track trail, a short 6km of historic fireroad that ends with a ride along Four Mile Beach.
Video: BikeRadar visits Port Douglas and the Daintree
These trails are perfect for an adventure with the family. While you’ll need some previous cycling experience to negotiate the steep hills, there’s little in the way of technical obstacles. These trails are suited to all abilities, even those new to mountain biking.
While in the area, the easily accessed Mossman Gorge embodies the charms of the Daintree Rainforest with its lush flora and clear flowing cascades. A paid shuttle bus is available, although it’s free to cycle or walk in too.
Port Douglas is an hour’s drive north of Cairns. For more information on Port Douglas’ Bump Track, and many other Far North Tropical Queensland rides visit RideCairns.com.