One of the most amazing things about our fair city of Cairns is that you can be amongst the hustle & bustle of the shopping & restaurant precinct, then within a ten minute drive you are immersed in the dense lush mountainous rainforest.
And with a climate like ours, there is really no need to invest in expensive gym memberships because there is an abundance of stunning trails & treks just waiting to be explored.
Let's start with the Red Arrow, the most popular track closest to the city. Over a 1.5km loop you will endure 395 steps up and a steep slope back down again. The path is well established, allowing for runners to get a fair pace along the way. However as this is only a short ten minute drive from the city nestled close to the Botanical Gardens, it can get fairly busy!
Upon reaching the top the trail opens up to views over the airport & Coral Sea. Take a seat and catch your breath as you watch the planes take off and land, with the reef boats departing or arriving from sea back to port.
If you're short on time, the Red Arrow is for you. If you finish it too quickly, then hey, just do another loop! But if you have a little more time up your sleeve, venture on to the Blue or Green Arrows! These trails are much quieter than it's red predecessor, and along the way you will come across waterfalls & plenty more wildlife due to being less frequented. Allow a couple of hours to complete this loop and enjoy a bit of downtime when you reach the weather station at the top!
If you're staying out at the beaches, Earl Hill is another fantastic trail that is sure to get the heart rate up! Based between Trinity Beach & Trinity Park, Earl Hill provides spectacular views over the beaches. As the path is less established and with more steep inclines than the arrows, it isn't as popular for runners but definitely still a challenge for walkers.
But if you're keen for a real challenge and want to make a day of it, head south of Cairns to Walsh's Pyramid. On the second Saturday in August, the Annual Great Pyramid race is held for punters to push themselves to make it to the top of the pyramid and back in the quickest time to win $1000.
But for the average climber, it is a free-standing 922m high pyramid-shaped mountain visible from the city centre. It can take anywhere between 3 - 6 hours to complete, but this is one that you will definitely want to allow plenty of time for pit-stops along the way to bask in the sun overlooking the city, ocean & canefields. It is iconic to the Cairns skyline & a triumph to anyone that conquers.
Also be sure to check out Glacier Rock & Stoney Creek (mostly flat with a beautiful swimming hole reward at the end). While a lot of the trails listed have a tropical canopy offering shade, there are still some exposed areas, so remember to bring a hat and wear plenty of sunscreen. Water and comfortable closed-in shoes are a given.
With so many natural challenges waiting to be triumphed and explored, teamed up with the beautiful Tropical North Queensland climate, there is no excuse for bushwalkers or fitness fanatics to ever get bored in beautiful Cairns & surrounds.
For more info on these trails & some other Free Stuff, head here: http://whatshotnq.com/events/categories/no_money_no_worries