Cairns; riding, rainforest and the reef

I spent a few days in Cairns after the UCI MTB World Cup being a tourist.  This is a small photo blog of my time in Cairns, with photos of riding (from the World Cup), the rainforest and the inner reef.

Cairns

The tropical city of Cairns on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula is located on a coastal strip between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range.  Situated between the ocean and the mountains it has a lot to offer.  About an hours drive up the road is the Atherton Tablelands.  With an altitude of between 500 and 1,280 meters. It is an elevated plateau of fertile soil which can be attributed to the volcanic origins of the land.  It is the regions food bowl and home to the largest tree in Tropical North Queensland, the Curtain Fig Tree

Reef

Down the road, the Great Barrier Reef is at it’s door step.  One of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is the worlds largest coral reef system and has many islands and a whole underwater world to explore.

Ride in the Rainforest

With over 700 documented trails in the regions of Smithfield Park in Cairns and the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park, it is a world class mountain biking destination.   Being host to the recent World Cup and next years World Championships is testament to that.  For more information on mountain bike riding around Cairns, check out

www.ridecairns.com

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