Biking along the Bump Track

Adventurous by Nature – that’s what Tourism Tropical North Queensland is all about. Some of the most exhilarating adventures are to be found in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region.

Mountain biking is becoming more and more popular with international visitors – and some experienced bikers are seeking real challenges while in the Cairns area. A growing number are discovering the aptly named  Bump Track, a trail used by pioneers in the 1800's to travel from the coast near Port Douglas up to gold and tin fields on the Tablelands,

The Tablelands is a scenic one hour drive west from Cairns and offers some excellent rainforest activities and a variety of accommodation.

The Bump Track  follows the route of an Aboriginal walking track adapted for use by horse coaches and bullock drays back in the gold propsecting days.. In the wet season, the entire track would become a quagmire, halting all wagon transport until the rains had stopped.

These days the 10 kilometre section of the Bump Track that borders Daintree National Park and runs through Mowbray National Park is popular with bushwalkers as well as mountain-bikers. It is said to be one of Australia’s top-10 mountain bike rides

The track begins in the Mowbray Valley a few kilometres south of Port Douglas

The Bump Track is one of the adventures offered by Port Douglas-based Back Country Bliss Adventures, who also offer other adrenalin-pumping adventures such as sea kayaking, rafting and kite surfing. Mountain bikes are easy to rent in Port Douglas from operators such as PD Bikeworks.

Find out more about Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef – and the adventures on offer here