Trails

The Atherton Tablelands has endless opportunities to get out and about on your bike. 

Mountain bike along the Herberton Range’s lower slopes and flats, dipping into gullies and creeks and rising to the ridgelines of the surrounding hills. The trails meander through an open forest of gums, bloodwoods, mahoganys, she-oaks, grasstrees and cycads. Some of the trails pass former forestry experimental plots of teak, blackbutt and tallowwood trees.

To access the mountain bike track, drive 1.6 km south on the Atherton Herberton Road. Turn right into Rifle Range Road and travel 1.8 km (going past the rifle range) to the trail head sign at the start of the Herberton Range ridge road. The trails in the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park also start from here.

This network of mountain bike trails in the Lamb Range between Mareeba and Kuranda is accessed from the Kennedy Highway, approximately 13km from Mareeba. Follow the Davies Creek signs. The trails wind along the rain-shadowed slopes of the Lamb Range.

With lengths and grades for everyone, riders navigate granite outcrops, cross clear streams, and traverse forests of bloodwoods, stringybarks, she-oaks, cycads and grass trees.

These shared trails were built for mountain bike riding but are available to walkers. Horse and trail bike riding are not permitted.

The Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail comprises four stages:  

  • Stage 1 – Platypus Park, Atherton to Rotary Park, Atherton
  • Stage 2 – Rotary Park, Atherton to Tolga Trail Head
  • Stage 3 – Tolga Trail Head to Rocky Creek Bridge
  • Stage 4 – Rocky Creek Bridge to Walkamin

The Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail is for use by walkers, cyclists, and horse riders in designated areas only. Motorbikes and motor vehicles are strictly prohibited from accessing the trail corridor. Penalties apply.

Clubs

To find out what’s happening in the local cycle scene, check out the local clubs.

With a local track close to town, the Atherton BMX club has a very active calendar. 

The best way to follow their activities is via their Facebook Page.

The essential hub for cyclists to come together and find out where and when rides are happening on the Atherton Tableland. Ride Atherton aims to incorporate all forms of cycling and experience into one place for locals and visitors.

Join the club on their Scenic Sunday rides to get to know some great off-road riding spots around the Tablelands. Organisers of the Far North Epic, check the club website for events dates and details.

Recommended Services

The Atherton Tablelands is a great playground, people travel from all over the world to visit us. We recommend the following businesses for visitors in the area. 

Northern Bikes recommends Mountain Bike Hire from Atherton Bike Hire, which operates inside Duffy’s Furniture Court.

5 Robert Street,
Atherton QLD 4883

Phone: 4091 1854

Contact: Dave Savage 0408 911 854