Self Guided Motorbike Tours - Cairns Short Tours
Short Tours from Cairns
Something for everyone on these shorter length motorcycle tours through Queensland.

Lush inland mountains and rainforest, a pristine tropical coastline, the lure of the Great Barrier Reef, incredible waterfalls, ancient and varied wildlife and some incredible roads to enjoy. These tours are the ideal combination of great riding and natural splendour. Queensland awaits!
Cairns Short Tours
2, 3 & 6 DAYS
AU$ 872
What's included in the tour
What's included - Quality accommodation
Great accommodation for one or two people. No extra cost for a pillion! Typically in 3 1/2 or 4 star resorts, hotels and bed & breakfasts.
What's included - Bike of your choice
The motorcycle of your choice. We've a wide selection to choose from, something to suit every taste and experience level.
What's included - Detailed itinerary
A detailed itinerary crammed full of information about the best places to visit, and interesting background information.
What's included - Google map links
Google Map links sent out to you in advance, so you can explore the route before you arrive.
Exclusions and things you should know
Tour customisation notification
We can adjust these tours to match your preferences, timescale and motorcycle "must-do" lists. Simply ask us!
GPS and sat-nav
GPS / sat-nav units are not included in the basic tour price but can be added if required. Where supplied, the GPS units cannot be pre-programmed with your self guided tour unfortunately. For an explanation why, click here.
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Shorter Self Guided Motorcycle Tours from Cairns

In response to popular demand we've introduced this great range of shorter tours starting and ending in Cairns, Queensland. Escaping to the tropical delights of north-eastern Australia on a motorcycle has never been easier...

We can adjust these tours to match your preferences, timescale and motorcycle "must-do" lists. Simply ask us!


The holiday capital of northern Queensland and ideally located within short distance of the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Cairns has incredible weather, a laid back tropical atmosphere and plenty more to offer. One of Cairns' many bars or restaurants would be the ideal place to kick back, enjoy the views and toast the start of an amazing motorcycle tour.

Tropical queensland
Image credits linkTropical Queensland - The Great Barrier Reef and great motorcycling touring await!

Two day self-guided tour:
Cape Tribulation and the Waterfall Circuit

This tour covers the highlights of far north Queensland in just two days, there’s a huge amount to see and do on this rainforest and coastal adventure.

Day 1 – 232km
Leaving Cairns you’ll ride the beautiful coastal route along Captain Cook Highway with spectacular views over the Coral Sea. Why not try hang-gliding or visit Hartley’s Croc Adventure on the way!

Continuing north you’ll reach one of the oldest rainforest on earth in the Daintree. The ferry takes you over the Daintree River and onto a narrow winding road through the rainforest with views to the Barrier Reef on one side and dense wildlife filled rainforest on the other. The visitor centre has a series of platforms taking you into the canopy and a huge amount of information about the flora and fauna of the area.

Cape Tribulation
Image credits linkCape Tribulation, where the rainforest blends seamlessly to the pristine beaches

Cape Tribulation
was named by Captain Cook in 1770 after he ran aground on a nearby reef. It’s a beautiful bay with a lovely beach. Rainforest and coconut palms grow right down to the beach and with few people around you can imagine Cook’s ship the Endeavour sailing around the headland.

You’ll return on the same road back towards Port Douglas with great views in the opposite direction and, once over the river crossing, you’ll pull into Mossman Gorge 20km or so from Port Douglas.

There’s nothing nicer on a warm, tropical day than stripping the bike gear off and jumping in the cool waters of the Mossman River. Huge boulders have been tossed around by the raging torrents in the wet season but during ‘the dry’ they are a great place to sit, relax and take in the beautiful rainforest surroundings.

Mossman Gorge
Image credits linkMossman Gorge, Queensland - Nowhere better to cool off after a hot day exploring Queensland

Once cooled off you’ll be keen to ride into Port Douglas for a meal at one of the many outdoor restaurants in this small, friendly, tropical town.

Image credits linkSpectacular waterfalls around every corner

Day 2 – 283km
Leaving Port Douglas you’ll twist and turn up the rainforest escarpment on a great biking road to Mount Molloy and Atherton in the Tablelands. It's a great spot for a morning coffee.

Meandering alongside the Herberton State Forest you’ll reach Millaa Millaa and the Waterfall Circuit. It’s a short loop road with many lovely waterfalls. Some such as the Millaa Millaa Falls are easily reached and a great spot for a swim whilst others require more of a walk down sometimes steep forest tracks. Riding to Malanda there’s another waterfall with the Tree Kangaroo Café ideally situated for lunch.

The Curtain Fig Tree is a must-see on the road to Yungaburra and once in the village stop at the end of town and wander along the river hopefully spotting a platypus on the way!

The Gillies Range Road back to Cairns is an incredible ride with spectacular views. Keep your eyes on the road though as there are 40km of incredibly tight corners to enjoy!

Three day self-guided tour:
Cape Tribulation, the Waterfall Circuit and the Undara Lava Tubes

Get a feel for the great Australian 'Outback' on this extension to the two day tour above taking you into outback Queensland to visit the amazing Undara Lava Tubes.

On day two (323km) you’ll take a similar route to the above but instead of visiting the Waterfall Circuit you’ll ride west to the Undara Experience. Included in the cost self-guided tour price is the Archway Explorer Excursion taking you inside the lava tubes themselves.

Get a taste for the Outback
Image credits linkGet a taste for the iconic 'Outback' scenery en-route to the Undara Lava Tubes

On day three (272km) you’ll ride back to Cairns via the Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit, Curtain Fig Tree, Yungaburra and the superb Gillies Range Road down the escarpment.

Six day self-guided tour:
The Ultimate Far North Queensland Experience

For the ultimate Far North Queensland riding experience you can’t go past this six day tour of the entire region.

You’ll see everything covered in the three day tour including the excursion into Undara’s lava tubes but instead of returning to Cairns from Undara you’ll ride south through outback Queensland to the heritage town of Charters Towers. Gold mining plays a big part in the local economy and the many historic buildings are an indication of the underground riches in the area.

Queensland coastline
Image credits linkSpectacular beaches and friendly coastal communities are a common sight around Queensland

From there it’s a short day’s ride to Townsville, where with an afternoon to spare there’s a lot to see!. 'ReefHQ' has a huge aquarium full of the flora and fauna of the Great Barrier Reef. The Museum of Tropical Queensland is a fascinating visit or you could relax along the tropical beach and garden at 'the Strand' and at Riverway on the banks of the Ross River. Magnetic Island is just offshore too and a great day-trip destination.

Returning to Cairns you have a night at Mission Beach with its coconut lined beaches, indigenous Cassowaries (the second heaviest living bird on the planet) and a laid back, easy-going bar and restaurant scene in the evening.

The final day takes you into the Atherton Tablelands around the Waterfall Circuit, Curtain Fig Tree and back down to Cairns via the exciting Gillies Range Road.

It’s the ultimate bike tour of the entire region!

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