Cairns Highland Peaks & Creeks 6-Day Multi Venture

Join TAG on tropical North Queensland’s premier multi venture!  Experience diverse ecosystems of the Wet Tropics with one day of mountain biking, four days of hiking and a day of kayaking. We journey through World Heritage forests, ride sweet single track, climb panoramic peaks, be immersed in pristine waterfalls and mountain streams and kayak the serene waters of Lake Tinaroo!

 

day 1

Bike Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park then head to Davies Creek Camp

An 8am courtesy shuttle from Cairns takes us into Davies Creek National Park.  After a refreshing drink and snack we ride sturdy mountain bikes ~6km along Bridal Creek Road to our morning tea location Bald Hill (Bunda Bibandji).  Here we visit two ochre rock art galleries of the Djabugay Aboriginal people.  Return to the Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park trailhead, where we’ll take to the shade to eat lunch.  Back in the saddle for an afternoon (up to 15km) of single track mountain biking on the local trails.  Then in the vehicle we’ll head to our secluded camp further up in the valley.  En route stop and enjoy views of Davies Creek valley from the waterfall lookout.  On arrival to camp take a dip in the crystal clear Davies Creek flowing right past our campsite, then partake in a camp cooked meal.  Tonight and for the next two nights sleep in tents at the National Parks campsite near Davies Creek.

✧ Grade: easy to intermediate
✧ Meals: lunch and dinner


day 2

Hike Turtle Rock circuit track followed by cooling off in Davies Creek

Emerge from your tent to grab a spot of breakfast, then take a morning hike around the 6km Turtle Rock circuit track.  Wind around massive boulders and climb though open bushland to 936m to take in the impressive view over morning tea.  We keep a look out for and give a wide berth to all basking members of the Elapidae family.  We then descend down to a series of cascades on Davies Creek and take time out to swim, rest and observe the natural surrounds.  Spend the evening around the campfire accompanied by good food and beverages.  Take to torch light for an optional night walk, to see what local animals we can spot before retreating to the comfort of your tent. 

✧ Grade: easy to moderate
✧ Meals: all meals provided

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day 3

Hike Kahlpahlim Rock Circuit trail 

An early breakfast allows a cool start on the Kahlpahlim Rock Circuit which is regarded as one of the region’s top walking trails.  On this challenging 15km day hike we pass through a range of forest types, cross creeks, and stop at multiple lookouts.  At the summit on a clear day we’re rewarded with outstanding views of the Coral Sea, Bellenden Ker Ranges and Lake Morris.  En route keep a look out for the leaf litter specialist, our infamous annelid.  After this hike, you will have built up your appetite for a hearty meal and an early turn in.
 
✧ Grade: challenging
✧ Meals: all meals provided


day4

Hike to Mount Edith Summit to camp in the rainforest

Today’s 12km day hike traverses the Varch Creek Track which is characterised by dense, shady upland rainforest, cool even on the hottest of days.  En route we stop for short rest breaks to recharge and are rewarded by views at the lookout rock half way.  A steep descent, then undulations passing over pristine creeks and many stands of Davidson Plum trees, finally the jungle spits us out onto a well used dirt road.  We finish the day with a steady climb on this road in the rainforest to the top of a ridge near Mount Edith lookout, which offers outstanding views over the rainforest clad ranges of the Goldsborough Valley and Bellenden Ker.  We set up our campsite and if you’re game try out one of our hammocks, rather than a tent, settle into your cocoon and spend the night suspended feeling like you’re in the canopy of the rainforest. 

✧ Grade: moderate to challenging
✧ Meals: all meals provided


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day 5

Bike to School Point Campground via Robson Creek

After breaking camp we descend Mount Edith Road on our mountain bikes ~12km in spectacular rainforest.  Along the way we’ll stop to explore a boulder filled stretch of the crystal clear Robson Creek.  Ride on 5km to School Point, our campground for the night on the bank of Lake Tinaroo.  Spend your last evening around a campfire.  If you didn’t get a chance to try the hammock last night, tonight is another opportunity to do so.
 
✧ Grade: easy    
✧ Meals: all meals provided

 

 


day 6

Kayak to Tinaroo Falls Village

We indulge in a lazy start with a nourishing breakfast before breaking camp and setting off by kayak to Tinaroo Falls Village, roughly 3-4 hours away.  The last day is at a slower pace as we enjoy a leisurely paddle along remote reaches of Lake Tinaroo.  Take time to view the prolific birdlife, be on the lookout for platypus, freshwater turtles and other wildlife.  Our expedition ends with a farewell lunch and shuttle back to Cairns by 4pm.

✧ Grade: easy
✧ Meals: breakfast and lunch

 

 

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“Best adventure!”
Many thanks to the TAG team for a great adventure holiday - was looking for some serious but rewarding trails and that is what this is. Very challenging walks with climbing/exploring rocks, creeks, tree roots with spectacular views and arvo swims in nature’s spa. Service is great - they do the camp set up and cooking, we get to relax. Fresh home prepared meals for more than enough energy and our paddle on Tinaroo saw platypus and turtles, birds and barra... Our guide Matt was great and enthusiastic to share his knowledge, teaching bush craft and having met owners Peter and Trixie, I see where the passion comes from. Do yourself a favour...
— Ian D. [10 October 2016, TripAdvisor]

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WHATS INCLUDED

  • Guide
  • Transfers from/to Cairns
  • Mountain bikes & kayaks
  • All meals including snacks
  • Camping in tents/hammocks
  • National Parks fees

$1695

Per person GST incl.
Discount group rates available