Exploring Cairns by bike, visiting distilleries and cocktail bars.

Written by: Courtney Williams



Time to read 3 min

Cairns City offers a wealth of discoveries by bike, from historical buildings to hidden laneway bars. Come and explore the treasures we've uncovered.

The heart of Cairns is bustling, sprouting trendy spots for you to kick back and bask in the tropical vibes. Pedal around town on one of our rental bikes and uncover all its hidden gems - the perfect adventure awaits!

Hire Bikes - Cairns Esplanade - Biked Cairns
Cairns Esplanade Bike Riding @ BIked
Cycling Cairns Lane Ways - Hire a bike @ Biked
Cycling Cairns Lane Ways @Biked

Get ready to pedal through a slice of paradise on two wheels! Cairns is your ultimate playground, blending lush gardens, historical charm, and top-notch gin spots into one epic adventure. Swap four wheels for two and cruise through this tropical wonderland with our cool bikes. No need to rush - just chill, sip on cold drinks, soak up the scenery, and let the good times roll!

Kick off your journey at the iconic Cairns Lagoon, where our new store is popping up soon in 2024. Glide along the esplanade, feeling the sea breeze kiss your cheeks and wondering why anyone would be stuck in an office cubicle. As you pedal, remember that you're treading on the traditional land of the Yirrganydji people, adding an extra layer of respect to your ride.

Cairns Mangrove Boardwalk - Biked
Cairns Mangrove Boardwalk - Biked

We venture towards the Stratford Heritage Trail to check out a groovy gin distillery nestled in old Timber Mills. Narrow Tracks opened in 2021 and hand crafts its gin onsite, in the amazing 75 year old timber mills, the setup is amazing, a real relaxed feel with a whiff on 1920's Cairns. Bec and Doug are the owners have that natural Far North Queensland instant welcoming flair.This spot is a gin-lover's paradise, with handcrafted spirits and a laid-back 1920s vibe. Don't miss the chance to grab a bite from local food vans and sip on some tropical goodness.

Cycling Cairns - Gin Distillery - Biked
Narrow Tracks Gin Distillery - Biked Cairns
Narrow Tracks Gin Distillery Cairns
Narrow Tracks Gin Distillery Cairns

It would be nice to stay but we are heading on to the botanic gardens now for a cool canopy of covering from native palms. If you are keen to see the native rainforest of Cairns, but don't have the time to head to the Daintree or Skyrail, this is the place for you to go. This encompasses all of what we are about. You can ride the left side of the botanic gardens and experience the feel of the rainforest or park the bike and go for a walk through the right hand side of the gardens, its peaceful and tranquil, perfectly timed, and you won't get lost.

There are a few food and drink options, but we love the Wild Bean Cafe which is situated the the Cairns Botanic Visitor Centre. The building itself is mirrored so it blends in with the beautiful tropical surrounds. Its a peaceful place, a place to just sit and enjoy the feel of the tropics, nothing is moving fast, it isn't bustling, it's a place to just.......be.

Cairns City Bike Hire
Cairns City Cycling - Biked

Heading back into town we are feeling like a cocktail, the sun is fine, but a cool drink and rest is exactly what's needed. We are heading to Wolf Lane, this little gem is the brain child of Barber and Kennis, formally from Sydney. They are all about building community with surrounding small farms, family-run plantations and artisan roasters, for sourcing the tropical fruits, rainforest botanicals, single origin coffee and vanilla beans that put a true taste of tropical Cairns into their exotic range of gins and liqueurs. Yep, that sounds exactly what we need.

The laneway is perched off Abbott street in Cairns, hidden away down a red brick laneway in the heart of the CBD. Behind heavy-set wooden stable doors you’ll find a bright and light cocktail bar and cellar door, where you can watch them work their magic. The beauty of this place is that you can go between the two different styles of drinks, one side of the lane is the gin distillery and tasting and the other side is a gorgeous cocktail bar which has a food pairing available.

We figure this is where we will pull up stumps for the arvo, we cycled and saw a fair bit of Cairns, around 22kms in total, we have enjoyed every minute, now time to relax.

If you haven't been to Cairns before or you are a regular visitor looking for something new to experience, this really is a great way to spend a afternoon. Hire a bike and go and enjoy the tropical vibes of Cairns.

Cairns Bike Hire - Distillery Ride
Wolf Lane - Cairns Bike Hire - Biked
Wolf Lane Cairns
Wolf Lane Cocktails - Cairns
Biked - Cairns - Bike Hire
Wolf Lane - Biked