15 miles
Distance
2,696 ft
Climb
-2,805 ft
Descent
03:08:14
Avg time

Conway Circuit Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Best in April-November
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #70902 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2012
  • Land Manager

Conway National Park is home to the Conway Circuit (previously called Whitsunday Great Walk); a 28km point-to-point multi-purpose trail open to mountain bikers and hikers.

This trail is Difficult Black Grade and takes 4-5 hours but can be enjoyed by riding in and out of either end.

This trail is quickly garnering a reputation for being one of Queensland’s most difficult trails to ride due to it's incredibly steep climbs. We are honoured to have this trail in our network and love to encourage riders and visitors to enjoy it – but please ensure you are prepared for what lays ahead.

You will need to take a snack or two with you, 3L of water, spare tubes and tools to do a change. You will also need 4-5 hours to complete the ride. There is limited mobile access on the trail so ensure you tell someone responsible when you expect to be back.

During the dry season (April – November) we recommend riding the trail starting in Airlie Beach and riding towards Brandy Creek. The trail head is at the top of Kara Crescent.

During the wet season (December – March) we recommend riding the trail starting at Brandy Creek and riding into Airlie Beach. We recommend this because there are two water crossings that are prone to FLASH FLOODING in the wet season – only cross these if the water levels are safe and stick to the designated crossing areas with mesh as the rocks/wood can get very slippery. The trail head is located half way between Airlie Beach and Proserpine, turn onto Brandy Creek Road and then continue up the gravel road onto Forestry Road all the way to the top where you will find a large car park.

Remember:

Take lots of water – there are water tanks on the trail but it should be treated before drinking. Insect repellent is recommended.

Always let someone know where you are and when you expect to be back, be aware of other trail users heading in both directions; a safe ride is a fun one

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Access Info

During the dry season (April – November) we recommend riding the trail starting in Airlie Beach and riding towards Brandy Creek. The trail head is at the top of Kara Crescent.

During the wet season (December – March) we recommend riding the trail starting at Brandy Creek and riding into Airlie Beach. We recommend this because there are two water crossings that are prone to FLASH FLOODING in the wet season – only cross these if the water levels are safe and stick to the designated crossing areas with mesh as the rocks/wood can get very slippery. The trail head is located half way between Airlie Beach and Proserpine, turn onto Brandy Creek Road and then continue up the gravel road onto Forestry Road all the way to the top where you will find a large car park.

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More Stats for Conway Circuit mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -110 ft
  • Altitude min
    193 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,454 ft
  • Altitude start
    869 ft
  • Altitude end
    760 ft
  • Grade
    -0.139%
  • Grade max
    -35.403%
  • Grade min
    47.443%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    03:08:14
  • Avg reverse time
    02:49:35
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on Jul 30, 2020
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Conway Circuit Trail Reports

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      Jul 30, 2020 @ 4:11am
      Jul 30, 2020
      Is a long track as described by others. This is a track that has trees over and big rocks that requires some walking and carrying your bike....
      Apr 2, 2020 @ 10:35pm
      Apr 2, 2020
      Mountain unicycled it starting at the beach. First 20 kms had lots of trees down and a ton of huge golden orb spider webs across the trail. Also...
      Jan 25, 2020 @ 12:18pm
      Jan 25, 2020
      Rode the trail from Brandy Creek to Airlie. A few trees down here and there. Patches of long grass, especially from the halfway point up towards...
      Oct 9, 2019 @ 7:16am
      Oct 9, 2019
      All clear as per main description
      Jul 29, 2019 @ 12:22am
      Jul 29, 2019
      Most of the track is in good running order. Only had to physically get of 4 times for trees laying across the path from storms. All in all 24km of...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 1 rides
      • 24 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 4 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
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      • 58 rides
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag ijej (Jul 9, 2020 at 14:59)
       Not a “ride” as such. Certainly an adventure. Did a 54 km circuit starting and stopping in Brandy Creek Rd. At least a 7 hour trek. Can’t say I’d do it again. Very slippery and you better have some black run+ downhill experience or you would be pushing up the hills, and then down also. Large roots, large rocks, a few creek crossings and over 50 trees down where you must stop and lift your bike over fallen trees. Saw two black snakes, a small wild pig, some HUGE Qld toads, and heard some lovely bird calls. If the local council wants tourists, they would have to convince the ranger to care for the trail, but personally I think it would be better to make a dedicated trail (or ten) somewhere less steep (outside the national park). With our local trail in Mackay built on private property that has been closed for 6 months through Covid-19, we are in desperate need. Townsville has some amazing, relatively inexpensive trails, a thriving local club and tourists from everywhere. Hope to get up to Douglas again soon! As others have advised, treat this ride as a bike hike, or mountain goat trek, taking bountiful supplies and water. Or you might just be riding by the light of an iPhone like we were... And don’t attempt it alone!
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