Mareeba Shire is a great place to get outdoors and be active. There are a range of walking and cycling paths that allow you to get out and explore this beautiful region.

Council’s Walking Networks

The Queensland Walking Strategy 2019–2029 sets out the actions needed to create more walkable communities and encourage more people to walk, and Council provides footpaths and walking tracks in the Shire’s towns to facilitate this.

In conjunction with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Council has adopted a Walking Network Plan and a Priority Works Program for the Shire’s largest towns, Mareeba and Kuranda. The Walking Network Plans are intended to provide a future Master Plan of primary and secondary walking routes and represent both the existing and desired future footpaths. Therefore, the plans should not be used for navigational purposes. The Priority Works Programs have been developed to identify the priority, timing and indicative costs of infrastructure upgrades for future planning.

Mareeba Shire Council acknowledges funding received from the Queensland Government to complete the Walking Network Plans.

Here are some links and resources that may help you navigate the way:

Mareeba Rail Trail

Rail trails are shared-use paths recycled from abandoned railway corridors.

The Mareeba Rail Trail is approximately 6 kilometres long and links McIver Road in Mareeba to the Mareeba Airport on Vicary Road.

Kuranda Walking Trails

The many walking tracks and trails around Kuranda provide the perfect opportunity to explore local artwork, shops, markets, attractions, waterways and ancient rainforest.

Pick up your copy of the self-guided Kuranda walking trail brochure at the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre or download it here.

Principal Cycle Network

The Queensland Government has worked closely with local governments to develop the Principal Cycle Network Plans and Priority Route Maps to guide the delivery of a connected and cohesive cycle network across Queensland.

The Principal Cycle Network Plans are intended to provide a future Master Plan of cycling routes and represent both the existing and desired future cycleways. Therefore, the plans should not be used for navigational purposes.

The Far North Queensland Principal Cycle Network Plan and Priority Route Maps show the cycleways for Mareeba Shire and can be found on the TMR website.

Other Links and Resources:

The Department of Environment and Science provides information about Davies Creek and Dinden National Parks. This includes camping information, details of walking trails and park alerts to keep you up-to-date on the park status.

This site also has details of the Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park. A network of mountain bike trails in the Lamb Range between Mareeba and Kuranda, accessed from the Kennedy Highway approximately 13kms from Mareeba. Follow the Davies Creek signs. There are varying lengths and grades of trails to offer something for all levels of riders on mountain bikes.

Atherton Tablelands Trails and Rail Trails Australia provide details of mountain bike and road cycle routes on the Atherton Tablelands and within Mareeba Shire.

If you are looking to connect with other riders, check out the Mareeba Mountain Goats Inc. A local club membership group that offer social rides and events whilst keeping the community informed about regional cycling opportunities.

This article by Flow provides a great introduction and some pictures to give you an insight into what you can expect mountain biking in the region.