Insiders Guide for Making the Most of Crankworx Cairns 2023

The ultimate mountain biking event of the year is almost here, and we’re ready to get wild with ya at Crankworx Cairns! So, grab your most epic party shirt and get pumped for 5 days of high-octane action.

Our reigning queen, Caroline Buchanan, is back to defend her title, and she’s not alone! Young guns like Kiwi rider Jenna Hastings, Aussie local Harriet Burbidge-Smith, and UK shredder Martha Gill are ready to rip up the trails too.  The King of Crankworx himself, Bas van Steenbergen has made his way down under to lead the charge with Kiwi riders Tuhoto-Ariki Pene and Sam Blenkinsop, as well as Aussies Mick Hannah and Jackson Frew. It’s gonna be one hell of a showdown!

Now, if you’re new to this whole Crankworx thing, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

Location & Smithfield Mountain Bike Park Operations

Here’s the lowdown: the action goes down at James Cook University in Smithfield, so head on over there to catch all the excitement. And just a heads up, the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park will be closed to the public during the event.


As for parking, no worries there either – just follow the signs and directions from our helpful volunteers. It’ll cost ya $5 per day, but it’s totally worth it to be a part of the action.

Bike Parking & Water Refill Stations

Don’t forget to bring your own bike lock, because we’ve got plenty of bike racks available. Oh, and let’s do our part for the planet by bringing our own water bottles and refilling at the stations on site.

Event Schedule

Listen up for the deets on all the sick events going down at Crankworx Cairns! We’re talking pro-level competitions, Kidsworx showdowns, and off-the-chain after-parties. And if you want to get in on the action, head on over to our website at https://www.crankworx.com/cairns/schedule for all the juicy details. Best to keep an eye on this daily to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.

Festival Passes

Dual slalom cheer squad | Photographer: Con Chronis

Now, we know you’re probably wondering how to get your hands on tickets. Crankworx Cairns is a ticketed event, but we’ve got options to suit everyone – five-day, weekend, and single-day Festival Passes are all up for grabs. You can snag ’em online or at the gate, so no excuses – come join us for some epic mountain biking madness! Check out all the pass options at https://www.crankworx.com/cairns/passes/.

Start Lists and Results

With so much gnarly action going down, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement and forget who’s dropping in and when. That’s why we’ve got all the start lists and results available on our website at https://www.crankworx.com/results/start-lists/. So, whether you’re keeping tabs on your fave rider or just trying to keep up with the madness, you can find everything you need to know online so you don’t miss your fave shredding on the course.

Getting to Crankworx Cairns

Public Transport

Relevant Bus Services 

Route                  From                  To                       Destinations

Route 110         Cairns Central   Palm Cove         Cairns Central, James Cook University, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove

Route 111         Cairns Central   Kewarra Beach Cairns Central, James Cook University, Smithfield, Trinity Park, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach

Route 112         Smithfield Shopping Centre        Yorkeys Knob     Smithfield Shopping Ctr, James Cook University, Smithfield Heights, Yorkeys Knob 

Route 122         Redlynch           James Cook University   Redlynch, James Cook University & Smithfield

Route 123         Cairns Central   James Cook University   Cairns Central, Manunda, Raintrees Shopping Ctr, Brinsmead, Smithfield Shopping Centre, James Cook University

For further information on transit services, please visit here – https://jp.translink.com.au/plan-your- journey/stops/750445/timetable/2023-07-26?dateRedirect=False

Bike Paths

James Cook University has got you covered with its top-notch bike paths and ample bike parking facilities. Plus, it’s only a stone’s throw away from the CBD!

For local spectators and event staff, walking or cycling to the campus is highly recommended. And don’t worry about bike parking, the event has got your back with additional facilities within the site. To help you find the best and safest route, the Cairns Regional Council has got detailed maps available for your convenience.

Events, Happenings and Parties

Red Bull rider Harriet Burbidge-Smith at the Women’s Ride Out | Photographer: Con Chronis

But what’s a festival without some crazy events, happenings, and parties? Get ready to experience the ultimate festival vibes with Crankworx Cairns. We’ve got it all covered, from Jigsaw Jumps Park sessions, Women’s Ride Out, and Red Bull parties, to an endless supply of stoke that will keep you amped all day and night.

Check out all the juicy details at https://www.crankworx.com/cairns/events-happenings-parties/to join the ultimate mountain bike celebration. And guess what? New events are added daily, so make sure to keep checking the link above throughout the festival.

Look the part in Crankworx Cairns Merch

Don’t forget to look the part in your Crankworx Cairns Merch! Get ready to rock the party shirts for 2023, available for purchase on-site or online at https://www.lifestyleaustralia.com.au/crankworx/. There’s a full line of merch, so check it out!

Crankworx From Home

Riders from left: Mike Ross, Garret Mechem | Photographer: Clint Trahan

If you can’t make it to the action on-site, you can still catch the Crankworx Cairns live on Red Bull TV. Follow along from home and start planning your trip for next year.

So, buckle in for an unforgettable mountain bike experience. See you at Crankworx Cairns!