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Cruising Cairns Bike Tour

Departing: Cairns

Must Try This!
  • Discover iconic landmarks, hidden tracks and secret trails
  • Learn about Cairns’ history, Aboriginal heritage and wildlife from an expert local guide
  • Sample some local treats and enjoy a complimentary gelato
  • Watch the sunset over Marlin Marina (afternoon tour) 

A must-do, one-of-a-kind scenic bike tour exploring the hidden side of Cairns. With no strenuous hills to pedal up and comfortable, highly tuned cruisers to ride, you’ll be able to relax and take in all the sights and sounds on a journey of discovery and natural beauty.

The tour route will take you along secret trails and hidden bush tracks, through city backstreets and past iconic landmarks. You’ll hear fascinating stories about the history and culture of the region from your knowledgeable, friendly guide, and learn about the unique local wildlife. Your tour group is small and intimate so you won’t get lost in a crowd, and with stops along the way you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and take some insta-worthy pics. You’ll also be shown some fascinating areas on foot, such as an Aboriginal bush tucker walk and a cathedral which boasts the largest themed stained-glass windows in the world.

Throughout the ride you’ll encounter fascinating wildlife such as circling ospreys, squawking lorikeets and cockatoos.

If you join the afternoon bike tour, you’ll come across an amazing sight as you ride along the esplanade at sunset – thousands of spectacled flying foxes as they make their daily trip to the rainforest to feed.

Your taste buds are in for a treat too as you visit local suppliers to sample some of their delicious fare; and you’ll cool off at the end of the ride with a complimentary gelato.  

Your bicycle and trusty steed

Your ride for the day is a cool and trendy beach cruiser (think Los Angeles and cruisy). The bikes are 3-speed with adjustable, wide seats for extra comfort, and have handlebar and back pedal brakes. A selection of male, female and unisex fixed gear bikes are available. 

Your Cairns discovery begins

Get set for a fun-filled half day ride exploring the best of Cairns! After meeting up with your tour guide near the Cairns Wharf, you'll be kitted out with a bicycle and helmet and given a quick safety induction, which includes a brief lesson on how to properly handle your cruiser-style bicycle. It's then time to head out with your guide and small group of cyclists (maximum of eight people per tour).

Cairns Botanical Gardens

The Cairns Botanical Gardens is only four kilometers from the centre of Cairns and is renowned for having the best exhibition of tropical plants in Australia. The lush gardens are split up into separate areas to display different types of flora and fauna. You will cycle under a canopy of tropical and rainforest plants as palm fronds as large as umbrellas shade your route. 

Centenary Lakes

A short cycle takes you to the Centenary Lakes – a lush exotic watery wilderness. This is a freshwater lake with grassy banks and foliage. Here, you might spy one of the 130 species of birds that live in this area. In the shallows, you might see the long-legged, elegant jabaroo, or kingfishers scanning the waters from an overhanging branch.

In the freshwater lake, you can see fish swimming beneath the water lilies, turtles basking on a fallen log and scuttling mud crabs. When the water lilies are in bloom it looks like an amazing landscape from a French impressionist painting. You might even see what you think is a log with eyes, that is in fact a ‘croc’ which lives in the lake. Sometimes it will bask on the banks in the sun (don’t worry it’s safe, as long as you don’t try to pat it or swim in the lake).

Chinese Friendship Garden

The Chinese Friendship Garden is located on the shore of Centenary Lake. Access is via the aptly named Moon Gate entrance as you walk through a hole in the wall to access the pergola.

The pergola has been designed to follow uneven geometric lines so that they harmonise with the garden’s surroundings. 

Throughout the garden are stone features, including the stone carved models of dogs that are based on the traditional stone dog sculptures of Zhanjiang.

The garden boasts plants sourced from local regions as well as from China, and includes Weeping Tea Trees, Leopard Lilys, Spiral Ginger, Orchid Bush, Chinese Boxwood, Lipstick Palms and Green Island Figs. 

St. Monica’s Cathedral

Built in 1927, this heritage-listed cathedral is a big surprise on your cycle tour. Much of Cairns is filled with uninspiring municipal architecture so this cathedral is really a hidden diamond amongst the cubic zirconias.

St Monica’s has the largest themed stain glass windows in the world and is the largest modern commission in Australia. It took the artists, Gerry Cummins and Jill Stehn, over five years to finish this hand-painted kiln-fired project. There are 24 beautiful windows with 12 on each side. They take up 240 square metres in total. The "Peace” window takes up 80 square metres of glass and was commissioned to celebrate 50 years of peace in the Pacific region.

The windows are just stunning with their vibrant colours and symbolism. Images of tangled wrecks, military equipment, deep space, Hubble space telescope, marine life, the Great Barrier Reef, grasslands and rainforests stand out in glorious colour and vibrancy. 

Cairns Esplanade (afternoon tour)

Cairns Esplanade has a winding long area of wide grass verge with a tarmac walk/cycle way. In this stunning location, you’ll see couples walking hand-in-hand, children playing in the lagoon pool, runners jogging in bright lycra and cyclists cycling along the path – all soaking up the scenery across the Coral Sea.

This is your final stop of the day. Soak in the breathtaking sight of the distant mountains of the Great Dividing Range across the shimmering water as you cycle down the esplanade bike path to the Marlin Marina in time for sunset. There you’ll be treated to the fascinating sight of thousands of spectacled flying foxes as they leave the comfort of their roosting trees in Cairns to feed in the trees of the Daintree Rainforest. 

Edible surprises along the way

Your itinerary includes visits to local suppliers to sample some mouthwatering treats – including a scoop of refreshing gelato ice cream from a local shop that’s credited with being one of the top five gelato places in Australia by Buzz Feed.

Included In Price

  • Local professional tour guide
  • Tasty snacks along the way
  • Comfy cruiser bicycle
  • Safety helmet
  • Water
  • Sunscreen & insect repellent
  • Complimentary scoop of homemade gelato
  • Small group size (up to 12)
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • Morning tour 9:00am
  • Sunset tour 3:00pm
Departure Instructions
  • All Tours Depart and Finish at 43 Esplanade Cairns. Underneath Bushfire Grill Restaurant (opposite Fogerty Park)
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time
Destinations
  • Cairns
  • Saint Monica’s Cathedral
  • Botanic Gardens & Centenary Lakes
  • Pioneer Cemetery - Morning tour only
  • The Tanks Art Centre - Morning tour only
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

Duration

3 Hours (approx.)

Fitness Level Required

Medium

Restrictions
  • Participants are required to be alcohol free at start of tour. Any person who in the sole opinion of CCBT who is unfit to ride a bike in safe manner for any reason will not be accepted on tour. No refund will be made in these cases
  • Minimum height above 145cm – due to bike size

Height: From 145 Cm / 4ft9in

Additional Information
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Tour dependent on safe weather conditions
  • Closed shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (charged)
  • Wear comfortable clothing

Children aged 15-17 years inclusive are eligible for child rates

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

  • We require 24 hours or more notice of any cancellations or amendments to travel date
  • Cancellation within 24 hours results in a 100% cancellation fee

Cairns City and Sunset Bike Tours

Departing: Cairns

Must Try This!

From

au$79.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$69.00
Family: au$296.00

Tour Code: 396

From

au$79.00

15 yrs & over

15 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 231 118
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+61 427 074 745
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Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia

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