There's a whole lot to see and do in Tropical North Queensland, and the Crocodile Trophy might just be the way to explore!
Away from Cairns and into the ranges
Day one of the Crocodile Trophy takes you from the Esplanade in Cairns, up to the high peaks of the Great Dividing Range. You cross from the Wet Tropics to the Dry Tropics, and the opening stage finishes with a big loop of Davies Creek MTB park - the perfect cure for the hard climbs at the start.
Another nice touch is where you'll be staying at Ringers Rest. It's so good, that the Crocodile Trophy actually has you staying for 2 nights!
The next day takes you over Mt Edith and along the shores of Lake Tinaroo. The freshwater lake sits at about 900m above sea level, and if you look beyond the lake, you'll see the Misty Mountains - your objective for the next day.
Expect high-quality doubletrack through a mix of rainforests, cattle country and dry Aussie bush on this stage, with cooler temperatures thanks to being over 1000m above sea level most of the day!
Day 3 takes you to Wondecla, and you're getting deep into the Atherton Tablelands, one of our favourite areas when we travelled around the area in a campervan. Today you'll pass right through Atherton MTB Park, although you'll only be riding some of the trails... for now. You will climb up Mt Baldy (above), but not before crossing through some fun trails from town.
Out near Herberton it's pretty quiet and you're in rolling hills - although some of the hills might have you question just where the rolling is.
Day 4 will take you into Atherton MTB Park proper, and out the back again for some outback trails and double track. You are on the edge of some pretty isolated country, and the big loop you will tackle on the 2nd half of this stage might leave you feeling very much alone. We live in one of the most sparsely populated continents- today is a day to experience it. It's also the Queen stage!
It's day 5 where you will truly start to experience the Queensland outback. It's time to head towards Irvinebank!