Just south of Cairns the Gilles highway runs from Gordonvale to the Atherton Tableland. It has 258 corners in the main 19km section and is the premium ride in northern Queensland and indeed easy one of the best motorcycle roads in the state however it’s a long way for people to come and ride.

The nearby Parmerston highway is also a good road with more open sweepers and you have a wonderful loop if these were combined. Kuranda range is the third climb up to the Tablelands and also a nice ride but shorter with more traffic. The tablelands themselves have nice riding and lots of waterfalls and lookouts.

I have driven all these roads a couple of times and had planned to ride soon but now the affordable bike rentals seem to have gone and we have Eagle Rider with obscenely expensive prices. That seems to fit as Cairns seems very expensive on my last visit, dare I say a tourist trap. The header photo taken on my way south as I didn’t stay long.

I have removed the original post as it was too old, please open the map full screen to view listing of all roads.


  1. Anonymous

    This is AWESOME !!!!!

    I looked at having my bike shipped up from Brisbane – $4-500.

    So i’ll have to allow more time and just ride up there one day !!

    ROck on!!

  2. Anonymous

    I have ridden around the Brisbane area and love it to bits. The Somerset Dam loop is definatley my favourite so far. Mount Mee, Mount Sampson, Mount Glorious, Mount Nebo and Somerset Dam all in a days ride. Sensational and only 4 sets of traffic lights and 3 intersections..(!)

  3. Anonymous

    Brisbane is only 2500km from the Gilles!! 😀

  4. I have been going to do a fly and ride long weekend in Cairns for some time. It just seems to have slipped off my radar with all the other travel I do.

    Also cost is just that bit extra than hopping on your own bike and riding off for a few days but I am still looking to do it.

  5. You missed the Rex range which runs up to the Tablelands north of Port Douglas just south of Mossman, Is less crowded than the others and a superb bit of road.

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