Hiking The Mount Bartle Frere Trail

The 4th most popular hiking trail in Australia.

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South of Cairns near Miriwinni, the Bellenden Ker National Park has many trails in the rain forests of northern Queensland. These are the oldest rain forests in the world. Keep a sharp eye out for the Wait-a-While vine and for Minjin.

Bellenden Ker National Park is located 43 km south of Cairns, in the wet tropical uplands near the coast of northeast Queensland. The park ranger is located at Josephine Falls, the turnoff to which is located 43 km south of Cairns and 2 km south of Miriwinni. The park entrance is located 8 km from the Bruce Highway.

The access hiking route to the mountains peak is undeveloped but well marked.

The terrain is mostly steep with the initially dominant rainforest

vegetation changing to low scrub and open grassland on the ridges.

Water is available most of the year from a spring at the remains of an old

hut near the summit.

It is possible to continue walking west from the summit to Gourka Road,

about 15km from Malanda. This 7.5km trail is very steep and difficult.

Information is available from the Ranger at Josephine Falls.

Camping in undeveloped areas may be allowed depending on conditions.

A permit is required and can be obtained from the Ranger.

Overall, Mount Bartle Frere Trail is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 16 hikes in Australia.


Local Contact(s):  Queensland National Parks (07) 227-8185; Queensland Tourism (61)(07)221-6111; Queensland Hostels (61)(07)236-1680; Australia Tourism (800) 369-6863.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Tropical Australia: QNLD And NSW" from

Recommended Map:  "TOPO Australia" from Garmin

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Tentative Nests (61) 70-939555; Reef Hotel Casino

Luxury Loding:  Coconut Beach Resort (61) 70-980033; Julatten Mountan Retreat (61) 70-941282

Breakfast Restaurant:  Wharf Street Coffee, Cairns

GPS:  -17.4001, 145.916

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  7/9/2016

ID:  6676


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