Red Arrow Circuit

30 min to 45 min
20 min to 30 min

1.6 km

↑ 88 m
↓ -88 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Edge Hill, this walk takes you on a circuit in Mount Whitfield Conservation Park via the Red Arrow Circuit track. With its well maintained track leading up to a great viewpoint, this scenic circuit is a regular cardio destination for many. You’ll be able to see planes and helicopters landing at Cairns Airport from up close. Along the way, you’ll come across a lovely part of the forest consisting of bamboo trees where you can slow down and appreciate your surroundings. While observing the environment, remember to keep an eye out for echidnas and red-legged pademelons. The area is quite popular, so scheduling it on an early weekday morning can help avoid the crowd. Keep in mind that there are heaps of steps in steep parts of the track. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-16.8993416,145.7491088)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Florence Street, A1
  • Turn on to Sheridan Street, 1 then drive for 2.9 km
  • Turn left onto Collins Avenue and drive for another 760 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 40 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre(near the TANK sixtyfour cafe), head along the paved road directly away from Collins Avenue. After coming to the car park at the end of the road, pass through the bollard and head towards the brown sheltered informative signpost behind the blue&white trailhead signpost. Pass by the said brown signpost and head straight into the forest along the well-formed walking track(Red Arrow Circuit). After about 280 metres(from the start), veer left at the fork to continue along Red Arrow Circuit(clockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Find the Wild Bean at the start.
Find the Visitor Centre at the start.
After another 285 m veer left.
After another 470 m veer right.
After another 70 m pass the shelter (15 m on your left).
Then come to the viewpoint (15 m on your left).
Veer right.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to Collins Avenue furhther east down the road. Details below.
After another 450 m continue straight.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 265 m pass the "Visitor Centre" (on your left).
After another 15 m come to the end.

An alternate access point from/to Collins Avenue furhther east down the road.
Turn map Directions & comments
After another 230 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Red Arrow Circuit

Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.6 km
Time 30 min to 45 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 840 m from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
840 m[shelter]
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