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Bartle Frere Trail (Josephine Falls Trail Head)
2 Days  / 15 Kilometres



Description

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. From Josephine Falls, walkers can walk to the summit and return or continue on to Junction Camp on the Atherton Tableland (both walks are 15 kilometres and take two days). 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.

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Josephine Falls to Big Rock camp (two hours). The walk from Josephine Falls to Big Rock camp is a moderate climb (rising 400 metres over three kilometres).

Big Rock camp to Eastern Summit camp (five hours). This section is a steep climb (rising 1,000 metres over four kilometres). Do not leave equipment on the camping pad at Eastern Summit camp during the day as the pad may be used to land a helicopter in an emergency.

Eastern Summit camp to Bartle Frere summit (one hour). The final ascent (rising 300 metres over 500 metres) to the Bartle Frere summit requires scrambling over boulders and can be slippery when wet. From the summit, walkers can either return to Josephine Falls or continue on to Junction camp.

Bartle Frere summit to Western Summit camp (one hour). The trail is scramble down through numerous granite boulders. This part of the climb can be very slippery when wet. Western Summit camp, a small clearing beside a creek, is suitable as a rest point or for an overnight stay.

Western Summit camp to North West Peak (two hours). On a clear day, enjoy excellent views of Bellenden Ker and the Mulgrave River valley from an exposed outcrop of rocks one kilometre from North West Peak.

North West Peak to Junction camp (five hours ). This trail is steep (descending 700 metres over five kilometres) and has occasional rock scrambles and long sections of continuous downhill walking. A short distance from the end of the trail is a turn-off to the picturesque Bobbin Bobbin Falls.

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Bartle Fere summit, Bartle Frere trail, Wooroonooran National Park
Bartle Fere summit, Bartle Frere trail, Wooroonooran National ParkBartle Frere Trail (Western approach)
Bartle Frere Trail (Western approach)


Journey Details

Duration2 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Distance15 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelWalk
Level of DifficultyUnrated

Facilities

  • Car park
    Car park
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


Bartle Frere Trail (Josephine Falls Trail Head) Full Itinerary

Bartle Frere trail, Wooroonooran National Park (Josephine Falls)

The Bartle Frere trail is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.


Eastern summit camping pad, Bartle Frere trail, Wooroonooran National Park
Eastern summit camping pad, Bartle Frere trail, Wooroonooran National Park
Boulder field, Bartle Frere summit, Wooroonooran National Park
Boulder field, Bartle Frere summit, Wooroonooran National Park


Route Details

Duration: 2 Days 
Distance: 15 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Walk
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 5



Other Information


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