Bartle Frere trail (Atherton Tableland trail head), Wooroonooran National Park. Climbing the summit of Queensland's highest mountain offers a challenging way to explore part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range in Wooroonooran National Park. The trail starts at an altitude of 100 metres and rises to 1,622 metres at the summit; an average gradient of one in five. Allow two days.... more
Josephine Falls to Big Rock camp (allow two hours)
The walk from Josephine Falls carpark to Big Rock camp is relatively easy, with only a moderate climb (rising 400 metres over 3 kilometres). Many campers choose to leave their overnight packs at Big Rock camp and carry only day packs to the Bartle Frere summit.
Big Rock camp to Eastern Summit camp (allow five hours)
This section is a steep climb (rising 1,000 metres over four kilometres). The remains of an old mine are 100 metres off the trail at Eastern Summit camp, but take care as the descent to the mine is steep. There is a camping pad at Eastern Summit camp that you are encouraged to use to reduce impacts on the environment. Do not leave equipment on the camping pad during the day as the pad may be used to land a helicopter in an emergency. Those camping overnight will enjoy the beautiful sunset and sunrise, weather permitting.
Eastern Summit camp to Bartle Frere summit (allow one hour)
The final ascent (rising 300 metres over 500 metres) to the broad summit of Bartle Frere requires scrambling over boulders and can be slippery when wet. For your safety, grip bars have been installed to help you through the boulder field. Enjoy fabulous views over the township of Innisfail and the coast to the east. To the west you will see the undulating landscape of the Atherton Tableland.
From the summit, walkers can either return to Josephine Falls or continue on to Junction camp.... less
This 15 kilometre mountain rainforest trek is extremely demanding. The Bartle Frere East hike should only be undertaken by experienced and fit bushwalkers.
It is recommended that you allow two days for the ascent to the summit and back to either the east (Josephine Falls) or the west (Tablelands). There are two overnight campsites and a permit is required before you depart. If you plan on a one day trip, be aware that it will take approximately 12 hours.
Preparation is important for all hiking on Mt Bartle Frere, as it is likely you will encounter variable weather conditions. These may include heavy rainfall, reduced visibility from cloud, cold temperatures and sudden weather changes.
Take correct maps and a compass. Carry adequate food and water. No fires are permitted, so bring a fuel stove.
Walkers should be careful not to brush against spiky wait-a-while vines and the heart shaped leaf of stinging trees.
Daytime temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year and nights can be very cool. Please carry suitable clothing to accommodate all extremes. Some sections of walking tracks may be closed during the wet season, between October and May.
Remember that you will need to obtain a permit if you wish to camp overnight on Bartle Frere. Self registration forms available at the beginning of the walk should also be filled in by all walkers.
Visit between April and October when the weather and track conditions are at their best.
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