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Red Arrow Walk

Updated: 30-May-2012

Red Arrow Walk:

The Red Arrow Walk is a short loop walk that takes about 20 minutes for a person of average health.  It is 1.3 km and is strenuous in parts.  Some people say it takes 40 minutes but I think this would be a maximum time. 

The Red Arrow Walk is extremely popular for local health enthusiasts very early in the morning and after 5pm every day.

Mt Whitfield Conservation Park is an island of rainforest only ten minutes from the Cairns central business district and surrounded by suburban homes.  Although not part of the World Heritage Area, Mt Whitfield provides an easy introduction to the tropical rainforest environment and contains two walks.  The shorter 1.5 kilometre Red Arrow track takes about 40 minutes and includes a series of steep steps which meander through the forest to the top of a rise with excellent views of the city, ocean and mangroves. The path is well maintained and easily accessible. You will pass through a range of rainforest vegetation, introduced bamboo groves and a grassy open woodland at the top of the hill. Brush turkeys and other birds are easily heard and observed. Throughout the walk there are interpretive signs about the plants and animals. There are also numbered markers indicate places of cultural and historical significance which are described in a booklet identified. Bird and tree lists and Yirrganydji Cultural and Historical Trail booklets are available from the shop in the main gardens area.

Cairns Botanical Gardens:

Originating as a recreational reserve in 1886, the Flecker Botanic Gardens were established in 1971. Today the gardens are managed by the Cairns City Council and encompass an area of 38 hectares which includes a wide variety of native and exotic flora.  Attractions include an Aboriginal plant use garden, a rainforest boardwalk, the Gondwanan Heritage Trail, a fernery, an orchid house, fresh and saltwater lakes, and the Mt. Whitfield cultural and historical trail. The area is divided up into three sections - the main gardens on Collins Avenue, Mt. Whitfield Conservation Park, and Centenary Lakes.

The Botanic Gardens are approximately four kilometres north of Cairns City Centre. Take the Captain Cook Highway (Sheridan Street) north, make a left turn onto Collins Avenue. The Red Arrow entrance is located just past the tanks, about a kilometre along. Public Transport is available on the Marlin Coast Sunbus. Route 18 departs from the Lake Street Transit Mall.  The Flecker Botanic Gardens are now officially known as the Cairns Botanic Gardens. 

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