Spoiled for choice
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.