route follows the Cook Highway past the Cairns airport to the Smithfield
Shopping Centre. Within a very short space of time you will be riding
through tropical rainforest.
road meanders up the range to Kuranda, a small community on top
of the range. You can take a side route through Kuranda to view
the famous Barron River Falls.
was famous for its tobacco industry but with the demise of that
industry, alternative crops are being developed. One interesting
new industry for the area is the production of Tea Tree oil. If
you turn south at Mareeba you will be heading for Atherton.
short distance from the turn off is a local privately owned military
museum (Becks Historical War Museum). This museum is directly opposite
the Mareeba airport that was much larger during World War Two than
it is today. This is the airport that bombers flew from during the
battle of the Coral Sea. It now serves as a gateway to the two gold
mines and the cattle grazing properties and communities of Cape
route then takes you through Walkamin and Tolga to Atherton which
is the unofficial capital of the Tablelands. However, your ride
does not have to end here. I would suggest that you ride to Kairi
and Tinaroo Dam. There is a fascinating Orchid house at Tinaroo
that any of you green fingers should not miss. From Tinaroo you
can ride back through Kairi, turn south and ride to the Gillies
Highway via Marks Lane. The fastest return route to Cairns is then
via the Gillies Highway.
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