Smithfield Conservation Park Tropical North Queensland

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Myrtle rust found

Myrtle rust—a fungal disease affecting many native plants—has been found in this park. The disease poses a significant threat to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Learn more about myrtle rust and how to minimise its spread.

Visiting Smithfield safely

    Mountain-bike trail from McGregor Road entrance. Photo: ©Queensland Government

    Mountain-bike trail from McGregor Road entrance. Photo: ©Queensland Government

    Mountain bikers should wear appropriate protective gear on the trails. Photo: ©Tourism Tropical North Queensland

    Mountain bikers should wear appropriate protective gear on the trails. Photo: ©Tourism Tropical North Queensland

    The best times to visit are the cooler drier months between June and October. Photo: ©Tourism Tropical North Queensland

    The best times to visit are the cooler drier months between June and October. Photo: ©Tourism Tropical North Queensland

    Getting there and getting around

    Smithfield Conservation Park is approximately 16km north of Cairns via the Captain Cook Highway.

    McGregor Road entrance (trailhead)

    This is the primary entrance to Smithfield Conservation Park and the only entrance with a car park. From Cairns, travel north along the Captain Cook Highway for 16km and turn left at the McGregor Road roundabout near James Cook University. Drive 1km along McGregor Road, past the university, to the Smithfield Conservation Park car park. This entrance provides access to the start of the ‘easy’ mountain-bike trails.

    Staying safe

    Mountain biking safety guidelines

    • Wear appropriate safety gear—a helmet approved to Australian Standards (AS 2063), gloves and cycling glasses.
    • Stay on formed trails and take care on loose and uneven surfaces especially when wet as trail conditions are subject to change.
    • Select the appropriate trail grade for your skills and experience.
    • Inform someone of your itinerary including start and finishing times.
    • Ride at precautionary speeds—always expect that walkers or mountain bikers may be around the next corner.
    • Give way to walkers—slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary, and pass walkers at a slow speed.
    • Follow the International Mountain Bicycling Association rules of the trail.
    • In an emergency phone Triple Zero (000). If you have difficulty connecting to Triple Zero (000) from your mobile phone, try dialling 112.

    For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit always bring:

    • a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent
    • sturdy, reliable footwear
    • drinking water
    • rubbish bags
    • appropriate safety gear for mountain-bike riding—a helmet approved to Australian Standards (AS 2063) and protective gloves and cycling glasses.

    Opening hours

    Smithfield Conservation Park is open 24hrs a day but riding at night is not recommended.

    Permits and fees

    Permits may be required for commercial or organised group activities. Contact us for further information.

    Pets

    Dogs on leads are permitted on all shared access trails. Dogs are not permitted within the declared Restricted Access Area (PDF, 163.6KB) . All other domestic animals are not permitted in the conservation park.

    Climate and weather

    Smithfield Conservation Park has a tropical climate. In summer, maximum temperatures range from 27°C to 38°C with high humidity. Between December and April there are frequent heavy downpours of rain and the possibility of thunderstorms and tropical cyclones.

    Although you can visit the park all year round, the cooler drier months of the year (from May to September) are the best times to visit. The weather is pleasantly warm with reduced humidity, lower rainfall and average maximum temperatures of 26°C.

    For more information see the Bureau of Meterology.

    Fuel and supplies

    Fuel and supplies are available nearby at Smithfield, Palm Cove and Cairns.

    For more information see the tourism information links.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.