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May 14

Down And Dirty In Cairns! Quad Biking In The Mud!

Posted on May 14, 2013 by

A short ten minute drive from Cairns CBD, the 500 acre Blazing Saddles property is found just off the Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and the Northern Beaches.

Blazing Saddles Adventures

‘Blazing Saddles Adventures’ in Yorkey’s Knob, only 10 minutes from Cairns

Boasting an 18 acre lagoon filled with fresh water lilies and an abundance of wildlife is a picture of perfection. The beautiful lagoon is the first thing you see after driving though the gates.

But don’t let the serenity fool you.. you’re in for an action-packed adventure like no other!

“What does ATV stand for?” I was asked.. All Terrain Vehicle, and trust me, these quad bikes sure are ALL TERRAIN! Mud, Rocks, Dirt, Sand…. you name it, they can handle it!!

After a quick lesson on how to drive the quads, very basic I might add, it was time to rip up some dust on the purpose built track. Depending on your comfort level you can choose between 90cc and 250cc the professional guides will help you achieve the right balance between comfort and safety. Feeling adventurous, I choose the more powerful quad bike, even though I had zero experience. The guides will ensure that everyone feels comfortable with the vehicle they are in control of, even if you’ve never ridden one before!

The purpose built track is 2.5km long. Twists and turns, mud puddles, rock slopes and gravel, the track combines all the terrain you could possibly imagine!

The first lap is guided by one of the Blazing Saddles crew, we took it nice and steady just to get used to it. After a few laps I felt the need for speed!  It was really easy to get the hang of and I wanted to go fast! It is the most fun

After 30 minutes of hooning around the track we pulled in for a break and refreshments soon to be setting out for another spin. Blazing Saddles offers complimentary chilled water, tea and coffee. They also have soft drinks available to purchase.

After having a nice cold drink and wiping the splash marks off my Sunglasses, it was time to get back on the ATVs. This time, however, we would follow the guide around the property for a 20 minute tour at a bit steadier pace, taking in the wondrous sights of the flora and fauna of Tropical North Queensland around the property.

ATV Riding, so much fun!

ATV Riding, so much fun!



















You’ll cruise through the cane fields and do a lap of the lagoon, and if you’re lucky enough you might spot the resident saltwater crocodile.

Heading back to home base we still had a few minutes left of the tour to kill for a few more laps of the first track before returning back to the base.

Almost 2 hours of action-packed quad biking is sure to work up an appetite! Especially with smell of freshly cooked snags and steak wafting over the track. The tour includes a fresh, home cooked Australian style BBQ meal…Delicious!

Leah, a Cairns Holiday Specialists Tour Specialist, after ATV riding!

Leah, a Cairns Holiday Specialists Tour Specialist, after ATV riding!




















While you’re enjoying some good tucker it’s a great opportunity to take a look at the slideshow from the photographer that had been snapping us while we were out on the track. As it not possible to take a camera on the tour (your hands will be occupied!)

The photos are available to purchase or you can purchase a disc with all the digital copies on them, they make great keepsakes to show the family & friends back home. If they turn out like mine they’ll be good for a laugh!

Blazing Saddles gets a 10/10 for fun, adrenaline and adventure, and I would recommend it to anyone young or young at heart! And a plus is the location, only a ten minute drive from Cairns City or The Northern Beaches a great all-weather tour for those looking for something to do that doesn’t require a whole day. or call us on 1300 761 612

Author: Leah – A Cairns Holiday Specialists Tour Specialist






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