At a maximum elevation of 1622 metres, Mt. Bartle Frere is Queensland’s highest mountain. Part of Wooroonooran National Park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the range is covered with dense tropical rainforest, unique vegetation and wildlife, and on a clear day the summit offers views stretching from the Atherton Tablelands to the coast.
Those wishing to conquer the mighty peak can opt between two trailheads – the eastern, which leaves from Josephine Falls, 75 kilometres south of Cairns, and the western, on the Atherton Tablelands, 78 kilometres south-south-west of Cairns.
Only experienced bushwalkers and those with a high level of fitness should attempt either trail. While parts of the walk may be attempted in a day, it’s recommended to camp overnight along one of the campsites which can be booked through Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services for only AUD6.65 per person.
Trail conditions are at their best between May and October when the weather is cooler and typically drier. The track may close during parts of the wetter months of the year.