2017 is the 16th year of the Far North Wilderness Bike Tour. It started as the brainchild of Jon Metcalfe, a keen local cyclist and avid environmentalist. He spent months doing solo missions through the remote areas of the Atherton Tablelands to find a route that might be suitable for such an ambitions tour. With a team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers the bike tour runs every year to raise awareness and raise funds for the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC).
The money raised by the bike tour has assisted CAFNEC to undertake a large variety of environmental conservation projects. CAFNEC works to create balance between industry, development and the environment to ensure a sustainable future for the local communities of Cairns and the Far North. The work that they do has contributed to conserving areas such as the Wet Tropics Rainforests, maintaining the health of the Great Barrier Reef and protecting threatened species.
The Far North Wilderness Bike Tour provides a fully supported, self-paced mountain bike ride through natural wonders of this region. The event is designed to meet the needs of both novices and experienced mountain bike riders. The key aim is to introduce people to the breathtaking natural diversity of this region through a social and life changing experience. We have found that the challenge of riding off-road for 8 days in this remote terrain is unforgettable. Many of our riders come back for a second, third, and sometimes fourth time…!