Spoiled for choice

Holiday with Kids - - Tropical North Qld -

But it’s the cy­cling we’re mainly here to sam­ple. Moun­tain bik­ers and trail riders are spoiled for choice here, with dozens of op­tions avail­able cour­tesy of gen­er­ous fund­ing al­lowances by re­gional tourism bod­ies, lo­cal coun­cils, bike clubs and re­tail stores.

From Port Dou­glas to Ather­ton, we hit the moun­tain bike trails at Davies Creek and Ma­reeba, and on the ant’s nest of tracks carved into the hills out­side Ather­ton – the high­light of our week. On the Cas­sowary Coast we hire bikes so we can ride along the sand, and on for­est trails and roads link­ing Mission Beach with Bingil Bay. On our last morn­ing, we go be­hind James Cook Univer­sity to tackle the trails at Smith­field Moun­tain Bike Park.

Our last ac­tiv­ity be­fore fly­ing back home is less en­er­getic, float­ing above Gond­wana- era rain­forests in one of Skyrail Rain­for­est Cable­way’s glass-bot­tomed gon­do­las.

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