Not sure where to start? We’ve put together some itineraries to help make mountain biking a part of your Tropical North Queensland holiday.

Cairns adrenaline MTB weekend

Cairns isn’t known as the adventure capital of Australia for nothing, and if it’s a hit of adrenaline you’re after, there’s no end to the choices, from bungee jumping to night-time Hummer tours.

But really, there’s no better way to scare the hell out of yourself than with two wheels, a shuttle, and a solid helping of gravity. Here’s our suggestions for an action-packed weekend in Cairns.

Start with something different at the Reef Terminal, just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the tourist strip, where you’ll find Bad Fishy Jet Boating and Patrick, your stunt driver, who’s ready to take you for a high-octane rip through Cairns’ otherwise placid waters. Get ready for spins, high-speed wake surfing, and come prepared to get wet. Sunglasses are a good idea, but don’t bother wearing a hat.
Once you’re done on the water, dry off and head to Kuranda downhill trail. Not for the faint-hearted, it’s important to come equipped with some reasonable bike skills. If you’re after gear hire and a shuttle driver, check out Cairns Mountain Bike Tours for a range of packages.

Bunk down for the night right in the thick of things at The Mantra in Cairns. Try out one of the lively eateries lining the Esplanade, visit the night markets, or tuck into a steak at one of Cairns’ pubs, but don’t stay out too late, because you’ll want to head over to Smithfield MTB Park early to take advantage of a day on the trails. Anyone can ride the entire Mountain Bike Park, except the World Cup Downhill course. For access to this you’ll need to get in touch with Cairns Mountain Bike Tours, who are the only private operator with access to this rare experience.

Top off the afternoon with zip-lining at Cairns Adventure Park, right near the airport or on your way home from the trails. Zip-lining might look a bit like a flying fox you rode in the park as a kid, but Cairns Adventure Park’s 300m Flying Leap Megazip is a horizontal bungee jump down one of Cairns’ iconic hillsides. A four-wheel drive Polaris will shuttle you to the top of a steep climb where you’ll be strapped into a harness and before you know it flying free-fall over the tops of the rainforest, reaching speeds of up to 70km/hr.