Mount Bartle Frere trail, 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.


Getting there and getting around - The Mount Bartle Frere trail leads from Josephine Falls on the eastern, coastal side of the mountain, over the summit to the Atherton Tableland on the western, inland side of the mountain. It can be walked from east to west or from west to east.


From Josephine Falls - Josephine Falls is 75km south of Cairns. Turn off the Bruce Highway 2km south of Miriwinni and drive 8km to Josephine Falls. Access is by conventional vehicle.


From Atherton Tableland  - From Malanda, follow the Malanda to Yungaburra road for 5.5km and then turn into Topaz Road. Travel 2km past Butchers Creek School then turn left onto a sign-posted gravel road to Lamins Hill Lookout. This road can be slippery when wet. Follow the signs to the end of Gourka Gourka Road (7km), the boundary of the national park. Access beyond this point is by 4WD only. The road may be boggy when wet. Junction Camp, 2km along the track, marks the start of the walking trail.


Staying safe - The Bartle Frere trail travels through some remote and isolated country. Walkers must be well prepared and responsible for their own safety. Consider your ability and the track conditions carefully before setting out.
Never walk alone. Small groups of four are ideal.  Carry adequate drinking water. Treat water collected from creeks.  Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days. Set-up camp well before dark. For your safety do not walk at night.  Wear insect repellent, clothing and shoes to protect yourself from stings, scratches and bites. Stinging trees are found alongside the tracks. Never touch this plant as it may result in a painful sting.


In the event of an emergency, communication equipment is vital. You should carry at least one form of communication equipment. Mobile phone coverage is very limited and should not be relied upon as the only form of emergency communication. In case of an emergency, if network is available, dial 000 with a CDMA mobile phone and 112 with a normal digital mobile phone. A hut is located at the Eastern Summit camp and is for emergency use only. It should not be relied upon for shelter.


Looking after the park - Do not chase, scare or feed animals.  Take all rubbish home with you including food scraps.  Use fuel stoves only. Open fires are not permitted.  Always stay on the track. Do not cut corners or create new tracks.  Wash at least 50m from creeks and rivers. Use gritty sand, hot water and a scourer instead of soap to clean dishes. Avoid allowing soap, detergents, toothpaste and cosmetics to come into contact with water resources. Toilets are not provided. Use a trowel to bury toilet waste and paper. Dig a 15cm hole at least 100m away from watercourses and tracks. Take all sanitary items with you as they do not decompose. Remember this is a national park — everything is protected.


Further information

QPWS Cairns Information Centre
5B Sheridan Street, Cairns QLD 4870 ph (07) 4046 6600  fax (07) 4046 6751


EPA Customer Service Centre
160 Ann Street, Brisbane, PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002  ph (07) 3227 8185  fax (07) 3227 8749 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service



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