Cairns Mountain Bike Shuttles
Laps on laps with your mates
Tropic Rides offers the best Cairns Mountain Bike Shuttles services, taking you to the most popular gravity and downhill trails in the region.
We make it easy for you to get as many laps as you can. Rock up with your bike and gear and we look after the rest.
We run a shuttles card system where you purchase a card (valid for 5, 10 or 20 shuttles), and use them up when it suits you – all in a day or over several weekends, the cards don’t expire.
Our Cairns Mountain Bike Shuttles services allow a maximum of 10 riders / bikes at one time with our 4wd and bike trailer setup. Don’t worry, with shuttles taking an average of 10 minutes return, you are never waiting for too long if shuttling in the MountainBike Park for a spot to jump on.
Shuttle cards can be used on Nationals and Kuranda Downhill Tracks. Shuttle days on the World Cup Downhill track will incur an extra $10 access fee per day.
5 SHUTTLE PASS | $40
10 SHUTTLE PASS | $60
10 WORLD-CUP DH SHUTTLE PASS | $100
20 SHUTTLE PASS | $100
*All day sessions are available, please contact us for more info and pricing.
Saturday | 2pm – 5:30pm
Sunday | 9am – 12pm
Sunday | 2pm – 5:30pm
* Shuttle times may very throughout the year. Check Facebook for up-to date times.
Nationals shuttles leave from the Nationals Club Site located in the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park.
Kuranda shutles leave from the bottom of the Kuranda Range Road, on the right hand side.
World Cup DH Course
World Cup DH Course shuttles leave from the World Cup event site located behind the JCU campus.
* Pickup locations may change. Check Facebook for up-to date information for on the day locations.
Check out the popular Nationals Downhill Track!
While our Cairns Mountain Bike Shuttles are relatively new to the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park – this trail is certainly not! First carved into the soil at the start of the millenium, the descent was purpose built for the Cairns Mountain Bike Club as their new home-base DH course, and as the course for the then 2004 National Downhill Championships – though you won’t find any piece of the trail still in its original condition!
Shuttle turnaround times are relatively quick, with an approximate 6 minute shuttle to the top and 3 minute descent with the pickup point at the base of the trail.
Starting at the highest point in the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park, the course winds its way down a knife edge ridge and into a dark, dense and extremely technical rock garden. Giving relief to those who have made it so far, the course then opens up and lets you reach up to 70kms/h over some fast rollers into some fun g-outs before re-entering the dense rainforest for a (rough) bobsled ride down some technical single track through to the finish.
The course has its place in history as one of the oldest (and still current) used in the UCI Mountain Bike World-Cup & Championships. Made famous in 1996 World-Championships, where Shaun Palmer narrowly missed out on snatching the win from then un-stoppable Nicolas Vouilloz – and where Cairns up-comer Sean McCarroll made his debut performance, qualifying right at the top as a young 18yr old.
The trail, in its off-days, is classed as restricted access to everyday riders due to its technical competition nature, but Tropic Rides has you covered with our Cairns Mountain Bike Shuttles allowing you to experience it, with no restrictions! Be aware, this trail is not suited for beginners and some core skills and experience is recommended for riding this trail.
Shuttle turnaround times are relatively quick, with an approximate 10 minute shuttle to the top and 4-5 minute descent with the pickup point at the base of the track.
A local claim to fame – Cairns legend Mick “Sik Mik” Hannah stamped his authority on the trail in the early 2000’s, clocking up an impressive 41 shuttles of the track in one day! While we can’t quite match that, our Cairns Mountain Bike Shuttles will get you up and down the track in relative comfort and speed with plenty of runs being able to be clocked during our time slots – that’s if your hands can make it!
Shuttle turnaround times are moderate, with an approximate 12 minute shuttle to the top and a 5-6 minute descent with the pickup location several hundred metres roll down from the exit of the trail.
Perfect for groups wanted a session without the need of sorting out who is driving or who’s ute to pack, we can take you to the Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park and get you shuttling the fun, flowing descents quickly and easily!
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