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Red Arrow Walk Mt Whitfield
The Red Arrow Circuit is 1.3km long and takes approx one hour return. This can vary widely according to ability and kids. The Red Arrow is a bit of an institution for locals in Cairns. This walk is the perfect size for a morning or afternoon exercise session. It is a great walk to bring kids on to teach them about keeping fit, persevering and enjoying the bush. Visitors to the area will be surprised at such a bush walk through tropical rainforest being so close to the CBD!
If you are wanting to shed some kg's, get fit(ter) or have a good walk in some bush not far from town, then this is the place to go. Many a mum (and dad) have carried babies around in a backpack, adding weight to their workout and gaining many impressed looks from others. Although this walk is strenuous in parts, younger kids aged 4 and up can definitely attempt it. Be prepared to take it slow, and have regular stops. You may have to carry your little one at some points.
At the top there is a fantastic view of the airport. The reward of seeing the aeroplanes take off is often enough to get them around.
There is water at the bottom of the track but not along the way so remember to BYO. The track can be quite slippery when wet so take care. It is perfect on a hot sunny day as it is well shaded.
Where: Collins Ave (view map)
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