Starting from the car park off Reed Road, Cairns, this track takes you to the summit of Earl Hill via the Earl Hill Walking Track. Expect to be welcomed by the remarkable views over the coastline as you feel the pleasant ocean breeze on your face. There are also great south-easterly views of the mountains near Cairns. The track was renewed and made less steep in early 2019, so it can make for a great first hike. As a plus, you can bring your dog with you, provided you keep him/her on a leash. Refuel at the drinking fountain next to a dog water bowl before going up. An insect repellant may save you from the ‘mozzies’(Australian slang for mosquitos) in summer. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Reed Road and drive for another 340 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Reed Road and drive for another 1.2 km
Turn left and drive for another 170 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park off Reed Road, head towards Roberts Drive along the concrete path. At the end of the car park, use the metal crossing to get to the footpath on the side of Roberts Drive. Turn left and head towards the bridge along the concrete footpath. Pass over the bridge and stay on the footpath as it veers left. Pass over another bridge, then turn right at the intersection to head along Flagship Drive. Veer left shortly after joining the road and pass through the bollard. Head along the formed walking track(Earl Hill Walking Track) as you pass by an informative signpost to your left. Stay on the track as it meanders up the hill to continue along Earl Hill Walking Track.....
Directions & comments
After another 20 m turn left, to head along Roberts Drive.
After another 8 m cross the bridge (about 35 m long)
After another 240 m cross the bridge (about 45 m long)
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Flagship Drive & Roberts Drive) turn right, to head along Flagship Drive (a residential road).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Flagship Drive & Earl Hill Walking Track) turn left, to head along Earl Hill Walking Track (a walking track).
After another 35 m pass the "Water fountain" (15 m on your left).
After another 950 m pass the "Earl Hill" (9 m on your left).
Continue another 20 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.4 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Earl Hill Walking Track
1 h 15 min to 1 h 45 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Short steep hills (3/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)